Looking Back at My Month in Seville, Spain

Author: , February 14th, 2014

Seville - Adam GroffmanI’ve already publicly stated my newfound, deep love for Seville. But looking back on my past four weeks of learning Spanish there, I realize my love went even deeper. I spent so many of my days in Seville walking and wandering the streets, between orange trees and over cobble-stoned paths. If you missed my live updates on my Tumblr about Seville, here’s my Instagram travel diary from my four weeks in Spain.

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When I Fell in Love With Seville

Author: , February 6th, 2014

Seville, Spain - Adam GroffmanLast week was a turning point for my month-long adventure in Seville. Sure, I’ve been singing the city’s praises pretty much since I arrived. Sunshine, warm temperatures and the Spanish lifestyle were to thank for my immediate, knee-jerk love for the city. But now that I’ve been here for a while, I’ve definitely come to the conclusion that, YES, you should visit Seville.

Andalusia, the southern Spanish state, is famous for its tapas, oranges and flamenco. Seville, the state’s capital, is Spain’s fourth largest city but when I visited Andalusia for the first time (in 2010) it was probably my least favorite city. That’s not to say I didn’t like it, because I did (and god knows I had a fun time!), but I just didn’t think it stood up well against Granada. This time it was different though.

Spending more than just a few days in Seville, I’ve come to really appreciate the city. It’s a big city, yes, but it still feels like a small town. My studio apartment is located in central Seville (near the very cool Alameda de Hercules) and from there, nothing is really much further than a half hour walk. Of course there are buses and bike-rentals (including a public bike-rental program!) but with the decent weather that we’ve had in Seville so far, walking was never a problem either.

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What I’ve Learned Studying Spanish in Seville

Author: , January 27th, 2014

Plaza Nueva, Seville, Spain - Adam GroffmanIt’s Monday! Which means I’m starting my third week of Spanish lessons at the Clic Language School in Seville. I’m currently enrolled in a 4-week course so this is my mid-point. I thought I’d take a little bit of time to reflect on my time so far in Seville, on my language course, on my efforts at learning and what it all means.

If you’ve been reading my daily travel diary (basically: my Tumblr blog called My Spanish Story), then you’ve probably seen that I’ve been busy having a good time here. I’m pretty happy to be learning Spanish in Seville because the winter here is mild to say the least! Sunday was 21*C (that’s 70*F) and the sun was out all weekend. I haven’t seen this much sunshine during winter since…I don’t know when!

A bit of winter sun just means that it’s easier to be outside exploring my temporary home. And because the Sevillianos here have been so friendly, it’s not so hard to meet people. There are two weekly Couchsurfing meetups in Seville and they’re really active groups. I’ve met some truly fantastic people in Seville which is going to make it all the more difficult to leave in a few weeks’ time.

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Sevilla’s Plaza de Espana

Author: , January 26th, 2014

Sevilla - Plaza de Espana - Adam GroffmanThe past weeks in Seville have been beautiful, warm, sunny days. So I took one of the latest books I’m reading and headed to what is probably Seville’s prettiest park: Parque de Maria Luisa.

Part of the park includes the famous Plaza de Espana — a sweeping semi-circuclar building. It was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition and seems to be a mix of Renaissance Revival architecture, with some touches of art deco.

Upon walking up to the Plaza de Espana, it at first seems kind of boring. Like yet another old building in Europe. But when you get closer–that’s when it hits you. This plaza is beautiful.

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Then I Went to Spain…

Author: , January 20th, 2014

Seville, Spain - Adam GroffmanHola amigos! I’m in Spain 🙂

If you remember from my list of goals for this year, learning Spanish is up near the top. So just before my birthday I started making plans to attend a language course in Spain. I felt a bit funny sitting in my apartment in Berlin and planning a solid month away on the other side of Europe. To learn Spanish. (When I very obviously should have been spending my time learning German…but hey, the heart wants what the heart wants.)

But really…I’ve lost a bit of my motivation for learning German. Maybe it was the onset of winter (even if the weather had been mild, the skies have been dark). Maybe it was my stagnant learning (thanks to way too many travels around Europe in the fall). Maybe I just needed a break from Berlin. And so, to reinvigorate myself, to get back into the habit of learning a language, and frankly, to just escape the Berlin winter, I booked myself a flight from Berlin to Seville. And then…here I am!

Why Seville?

When I decided to learn Spanish (more than just the occasional Duolingo session), I had a few options for Spanish cities good for studying. Madrid, my favorite city in Spain (and one of my top 3 favorite cities in all of Europe) would’ve been my first choice….but Madrid in winter? No thanks!

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GayTravel.com’s Sexiest Cities List

Author: , December 11th, 2011

Here they are in no particular order….

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: It’s no big surprise that Rio makes the list; the city plays host to one of the worlds sexiest events in the world “Carnival” which attracts over 750,000 sexy people to the streets of Rio. The second largest city in Brazil and the 3rd largest metropolitan area in all of South America Rio is home to approximately 6.3 million people and its residents are really living the life. Being the most visited city in the southern hemisphere Rio is known for its natural setting and beaches like Samba, Bossa Nova, and Blaneario to name a few.

Buenos Aries, Argentina: Located on the western shore of the estuary of the Rio de la Plata Buenos Aires is well known for its sex appeal. I mean who doesn’t find a Matador sexy?! Aside from running the bulls the Buenos Aries nightlife is unbeatable with pub crawls, festivals, and live music galore, once the sun goes down the city really comes to life. If nightlife isn’t your thing don’t worry you can get your sexy on at one of Buenos Aries beautiful untouched beaches.

Miami, Florida: Some may argue that Los Angeles or Las Vegas might rival Miami but let’s face it the city’s spicy Latin flare and beautiful art deco backdrop make it the sexiest city in the U.S. On any given day you will see a diverse mix of sexy people adorning the city’s beaches, boardwalks, and bars. And when you are the birthplace of such hot celebrities as Wilmer Valderrama and Eva Mendes it’s nearly impossible to not radiate sexy!

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