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Too Much Seafood

I was born by the sea but HATE seafood

English fish and Chips is about my limit.

A lot of the cuisine here is based on Moroccan food, the moors were here for a few centuries and the part i live in is the last part of Spain they lived in, after the fall of Granada.

There is a local dish called Migas which is basically fried Breadcrumbs, similar in a lot of ways to Couscous, which they eat with what ver they have, Sardines, Bacaloa (salt Cod), vegetables, It is poor peoples food.

This is supposedly the poorest part of Spain, and has the cleanest air in Europe. Not too many cars still, more Burros in this village than cars

Bob

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Food

am very fond of Mexican, but NOT Indian (have a problem w/many curries I have tried unfortunately) Like Moroccan too, but is another topic ;-) Sorry-just had to say that! Like Moroccan cuisine too! So you are not to hot on Spanish cuisine? I think so far, so very good, and beats the hell out of sauerbraten and eisbein!!!!!!!!!

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Spanish Food

most of the stuff i know is from here, not Sevilla

But.......

I will see what i can do

I still cook what i like, ie. Indian, Mexican and Moroccan food

Bob

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Yes Bob

is fecking cold here, and am not just talking about the weather!

Do you have any tapas recipes that you particularly like, or Spanish cuisine? If so, perhaps you should post it in the "sat down to my supper" thread. Will be taking on Spanish cooking soon, and would be good to know where to start.

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Tapas

most of the big cities are like that apart from in local bars

Granada and Malaga certainly are

are finding it cold in Germay now ?

Bob

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Tapas

I liked most of the kinds of tapas that we tried. Except for the ones with mayonnaise, but don't like mayo w/anything, so... The one with octopus and potatoes and olive oil and garlic was very good, as was the spinach and garbanzo beans in a bowl tapa. Seems as if in Sevilla you get olives and crackers w/beer and wine, but have to order tapas. But this is after only a limited experience, so will see. I really like the option of eating just a little bit of all sorts of things.

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Tapas

Tapas is something you have to get used to here. Sevilla is the capital of Tapas.

Different parts of Andalusia are different about charging for tapa. Here whenever you buy a beer or wine you are given a tapa, in other parts you have to buy them. Not too much seafood here though living in the mountains it tends to be more meat based tapa. in some bars even wild boar and Venison

Bob

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First of all

am all choked up that people I never even met in person before are asking about my trip. Incredible!
Travel on Tuesday was pretty strenuous and LONG! Left home at 6:30, and got to Sevilla at just past 4:00, after a bus, three different trains, and two airplanes from 2 different companies.
Sevilla was warm, and quite a change from what weather had been in Germany when I left. Was crazy hectic, with trying to find a place to live in 4 days, absorb some of my new Spanish working environment, learn my way around Sevilla a bit more, and and and. Ate ALOT, which was good-something I don't usually manage at home, but the cuisine there is sooo great-fresh seafood and vegetables and things. And tapas!!!

Appartment hunt was discouraging at first. Looked at a couple of places that were complete shit (was looking for a furnished appartment for the beginning) One was really dirty, with the former resident's grease all over the kitchen, one was in a bad neighborhood where I would have had to be careful leaving alone at night, and one place was really great. In the center of the city, in an old Sevilla-style appartment house, with a patio in the middle and tiles on the walls of the inside halls. Was small and slightly expensive, but clean. Was leaning towards that one for a few hours.

And THEN my new boss José went to his doctor to have his allergy shot. Came back and said that his doctor's daughter had bought an appartment and fixed it up, then lost her job and moved back home. The doctor said he'd be willing to rent the appartment to José. We went to look at it that evening, and is perfect! Absolutely perfect! Is beautifully decorated, has a living room and two bedrooms, a brand new kitchen (washing machine is still not connected yet), has a little balcony off the bigger bedroom, and again is just perfect. I would feel like that is my home in a very short time, which is important, as outside in Sevilla will be strange and hectic for a while. Am chosing to view having such a stroke of luck of finding that appartment as a sign that that is what I am supposed to do. Appartment is 3 minutes walking distance from José's house (which is a big relief for he and his girlfriend, who seem to think they have to keep their eyes on me in the beginning) and 20 minutes walking to the office.

Was also doing a little bit of work, and found the working atmosphere to be very friendly and comfortable. Guys were really nice and helpful, driving me to viewing appointments, helping me look through the ads offering places, and all sorts of things.

Wshew! Am back here until after my daughter's 10th birthday on the 17th, but will go back for a longer stretch on the weekend of the 22nd. Transition will be emotional and sad, but will go as well as such a thing can. All the new co-workers being so caring about making things go as smoothly as possible is so wonderful. One guy Dario is sad about me living alone, and has promised that he and his wife will visit often. And it seems that the Sevillians are very friendly and active-life style is totally different from here in Germany. Everyone stands around on the street at night, talking to everyone passing by.

I am trying real hard to be positive, can you tell? Will break my heart to leave my kids behind.

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cool!

good to hear you're safe and sound, if spinning!

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OY

Thanks for the inquiry, marye! Am just back and my head is spinning! Will write all about it tomorrow.

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