“En un lugar de La Mancha…” (Somewhere in La Mancha) are the first words of the worldwide famous novel “Don Quijote” by Miguel de Cervantes. It took me almost a year to read it and I thought it was the best novel I’ve ever read and probably the best book. Here I bring a synopsis of its content: “The story follows the adventures of a … Continue reading En un lugar de La Mancha…
I have the memory of my mother doing laundry in the rooftop of our building while she was singing. Sometimes I was taking care of my neighbor’s kid from upstairs while she was hanging the clothes on the lines. Another neighbor would appear to put her clothes to dry as well and my mother and she would start long conversations about their daily lives. When … Continue reading Laundry
These days we are celebrating the Seville April Fair or Feria de Sevilla, which is one of the most important celebrations in the city. A big area in the neighborhood of Los Remedios is covered by hundreds of casetas, temporal decorated tents, where people dance sevillanas, drink wine and have fun with family and friends. Most of the women wear their flamenco dress and flowers … Continue reading Say yes to the flamenca dress!
Today, 4th of December, is the non official Day of Andalusia (I already explained why this date is so important in our history here), so this year I want to celebrate it with a little bit of fun… with Andalusian flags! In Sheldon Cooper style: The Andalusian flag is green, white and green. Colors that appear in a lot of Mediterranean countries, specially those with … Continue reading Fun with Andalusian Flags!
Yesterday I uploaded the next video on my facebook page and I thought it could be a good idea to upload it also here on my blog just in case not all of you follow me on facebook. The thing is that my aunt Carmelita goes to the cemetery quite often to clean the grave of my grandfather. For her, it is obligatory to go … Continue reading 1st of November, All Saints Day
This post is a collection of a series of posts that I prepared for my facebook page on the occasion of the 8th of March, the International Working Women’s Day. My purpose was just to bring the history of, mainly, anonymous women who are rarely remembered because they were women and normally from low social classes. Puellae Gaditanae in Roman period “Do you expect Cadiz … Continue reading Andalusian Women in History
This a gastronomic post about Christmas lunch in my family and it also brings content about Andalusian gastronomy at large. I know Christmas is off-topic now. But Christmas period does not end until the 6th of January, Day of the Three Wise Men, when children receive their presents. And grown-ups too, of course. Some families give presents on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, but my … Continue reading Christmas lunch
Halloween is not a traditional celebration in my country, but recently it has become very popular for young people and children. The night of 31st of October is now very usual to hear children knocking on the doors and saying “trick or treat” (truco o trato in Spanish). Many of them are dressed as witches. So this time I would like to talk about some … Continue reading Night of the Witches
The title of this post is also the title of an article written by Emilio Gonzalez Ferrín in the book “Critical Muslim: Reclaiming Al-Andalus” (2013). He is a professor in the University of Seville and he also wrote “General History of Al-Andalus”. He defends the idea that the official version of the European Enlightenment is just a social construct built by the creationists of the … Continue reading The original Enlightenment
A few days ago I was drinking a beer with one of my colleagues and his group after finishing a walking tour around the historic center of Seville. One of his customers asked him about the way Andalusian people speak. He asked if it is a different accent, a dialect or a language different from Spanish. So my colleague answered it is just an accent … Continue reading The Andalusian Language