Sevilla Bucketlist

Kelly and I were enjoying a rare day off from our teacher lives today, as our schools celebrated Teacher Day. Five hours less of slobbering, crying and poopy pants? Sounded fantastic, so we indulged in something neither of us, as wannabe sevillanas, would dare do: Go to Starbucks.

It got me thinking: When did I make the switch from being a tourist here? When did I stop wanting to run around and see everything Sevilla offers a tourist and  just, well, live like a Spaniard? After all, I don’t drink coffee between 12am-6pm, think a cold is an acceptable reason to turn down social plans and now have residency to prove that I’m getting there.

“I need a Sevilla bucket list,” I told her over my caramel macchiato. “You know, to keep Sevilla interesting.”

“What we both need is to relax these four days,” she replied. And despite doing the DELE, the guidebook, planning a summer camp, running a different one and working 43 hours a week, I’m making one, some of which were inspired by the website I devoured before moving here.

While waiting for Kike to get up from his nap and catching up on my TV shows, I started making a bucket-list of all the things I’d like to do in Sevilla, beginning with the one Kelly and I first did together:

  • Have a drink on the patio of Hotel Doña María at the foot of the Giralda. (4,50€ for coffee and a view is worth it)
  • Eat breakfast at the sumptuous Hotel Alfonso XIII (closed for renovations from March 2011)
  • Have churros from a lady on C/Arfe I once saw pictured in a book (Amazing! Just get chocolate or cola cao down the street)
  • Spend a session at the Arabic Baths (prune!)
  • Rent a paddle boat in Plaza de España (harder than it looks!)
  • Marvel at the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, where priests went to die peacefully (go Sunday afternoons from 3-8, when it’s free entrance)
  • Climb the Parasol in Plaza de la encarnación
  • Visit the newly renovated Covento de Santa Clara
  • Explore Hospital de la Caridad, noted for its collection of sevillano painters like Murillo and Velázquez
  • Visit museums like Archivo de las Indias, Palacio Lebrija and Artes y Costumbres
  • See the Virgen de la macarena in her Basilica
  • Have a beer and tapa at Sevilla’s oldest tapas joint, El Rincolncillo
  • Pet puppies in the alfalfa Sunday pet market
  • Hike in Cazalla de la Sierra, a mere 10 miles from my boyfriend’s town
  • Visit the Huevo de Colón, an offbeat monument (thanks, Manuel!)
  • Explore the Cementerio San Jerónimo, resting place of bullfihgters and famous sevillanos

Please leave any suggestions, or come with me!!

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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.


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