Spain Life in Photos: Feria del Mosto

I was pretty set on my tastes when I came to Spain. Remembering my señora’s first meal in Valladolid (Niñas, this is pretty much whatever was in the fridge mixed with mayonnaise! Eat up!), I fantasized about walking so much and eating so little, I would shrivel away to nothing like any sevillana after a year in Spain.

Whoa, I was wrong. Besides cheap beer, I’ve come to love nearly every part of the pig, fatty guisos and anything that you can eat with a spoon, have adopted the afternoon snack and late meal times and have become a coffee addict.

Any time there’s a festival, I eat. And keep eating. Jeremy called me up to go to the Feria del Mosto and Aceituna Fina del Aljarafe in Umbrete. Just miles from Olivares, this town is famous for its grape juice wine and beautiful, perfect green olives.

As the Virgin del Rocio, the lushy one, looked on, we consumed bottle after bottle of the sweet wine in its principal stages of fermentation and popped olives in our mouths after every sip. I contemplated: What if I had missed out on this little morsel of goodness, available at every bar for free, the perfect aperitivo or snack?

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. had mosto this weekend for the first time & worth it. Plus spending the day w/a girlfriend in Seville tomorrow. Thanks for you post, it was fun reading it :)

    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      My pleasure! Seville is great, so there’s plenty to explore. Let me know if you need anything! sunshineandsiestas @ gmail dot com

  2. First of all I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question
    which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had trouble clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Thanks!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      Thank you! It’s grown to be a bit of my baby, honestly.

      Since I studied to be a journalist, my head is brimming with ideas on what to write. I’ve graduated from the musings on daily life in Spain since I’ve lived here for so long, so now my posts are a bit more centered.

      Things I use to make my posts great are humor, photos and a little bit of self-deprication, kind of like a guiri Rapunzel (blonde, duh) who need a bit of rescuing by way of a big realization about life abroad. I rarely need time to center myself.

      Plus, since I’m working full-time at an academy and doing a master’s, I mega need to make use of the time I write. If it helps, find an hour a week to write or so, and don’t make posts crazy general. Stick to a theme rather than writing everything that has happened in the last week.

      Not sure what your goals are with the blog, but the more you post, the more page views and followers you’ll start to have!


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