January 12, 2005

the siesta

the afternon siesta/lunch is a difficult concept for the americans to understand. from about 3pm to 6pm almost everything in sevilla closes for lunch/siesta time. the stores close, the banks close, the schools close, and most of the restaurants. then they reopen from about 6-10. this is kind of frustrating for us americans who want to go to the bank or go shopping after we have eaten lunch. but itīs okay.

we are also kind of frustrated with the sevillian spanish. we are used to mexican spanish. in sevillian spanish, they would say "gracias" like "grathiath", because they pronounce the c/s sound much differently. they also use the vosotros form of verbs, which i have never been taught. i can remember all of my spanish teachers, from 7th grade through college, telling us that we will never need to use the vosotros form of verbs. in mexican spanish they always use the ustedes form... but here we are in sevilla, trying to figure it out!

we were supposed to go to the flamenco concert tonight, but it is rescheduled for tomorrow, so a group of us students are going to the plaza del toro, where the bullfighting is held in sevilla.

today is a little warmer, thank god. but this morning i could still see my breath when we were sitting in class. i heard that these past few days have been the coldest of the year in sevilla. i brought my swimsuit with hoping to go to the beach and sunbathe, because weather.com kept saying it was in the 60s and 70s here.

itīs time for el almuerzo (lunch), adios

Posted by JenMagenta at January 12, 2005 7:00 AM
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