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Beyond Expectations

We decided on Seville for a “headquarter’s city” because, as a young boy in grade school I had read about the fascinating history of the area and, since then, wanted to visit it. Wow,,,double wow…triple wow! As soon as we arrived, it was amazing. Palm trees caught attention for height, and orange-laden trees lined the streets where old Spanish architecture predominates. Our apartment is on a narrow, stone-paved, pedestrian-only street in the middle of everything. Within two minutes are dozens of restaurants: in fact, right next door is a pastry and ice cream shop that sells sandwiches. Within three minutes’ walking are major department stores, boutiques, and “mom and pop stores” of every description, including a market from which we purchased our groceries. (Forty kinds of honey, 46 kinds of sardines, over 200 kinds of cheese–I stopped counting–and 26 kinds of cured ham hanging by the bone caught my eye.) A major city square nearby invites a stroll with its open air market. Major historical landmarks are within a six minute walk on cobble stone lanes lined with orange trees, now fully fruited.

As I type, ancient church bells clang. When we emerged from our apartment to find a place to eat, we were enthralled by a stirring military band majestically marching in procession behind a statue of the Christ Child on a silver (not painted) platform surrounded by candles and bouquets of roses. The platform bearers and musicians were dressed in black uniform. We can hardly soak it all in, but we have a month to try! God be praised! WEG


  1. george ann reynolds says:

    Your blog is the first thing I read this morning. It made me so happy!
    Now I have to get ready for church and go listen to that “other guy”. Haha!
    Have the time of your life!

    • wgraumann says:

      Thanks George Ann–We are heading to the great Seville Cathedral now. It is the largest Gothic building in the world. We ate our first Spanish Tapas today–great food–however, I will not find food to rival yours:-). Blessings on your day! We will do our best to find Micah in Granada when he is there.

  2. Nora Maloy says:

    Say HI to Christopher Columbus for me! Love that city.

  3. Al & Eva Gerhardt says:

    We can’t wait to see the upcoming photos for the next month.

  4. hildab says:

    WOW!!! I can imagine the exploring and fun you two will have.

  5. Roger Tornga says:

    Seville sounds heavenly. The only difference between there and heaven is that heaven’s got to be all English speaking, right? Spanish as a second language?

  6. Julie Hollas says:

    Love your apartment! I loved the tapas when I went to Spain too! I loved the people and the culture! Enjoy! Thank you for sharing with us! Gods blessings!

  7. Al & Eva Gerhardt says:

    Hey are you guys finding that not very many people in the general public do not speak English. At least in Barcelona they insisted that we knew at least a little Spanish.

    • wgraumann says:

      Not many people speak English, but that is ok. Somehow we communicate. I bought my prepaid minutes phone in a store where no one spoke English and somehow we managed.

      • Nora Maloy says:

        As far as not speaking the language, it’s fine. I have found that I can POINT in 6 languages and LAUGH in 8

      • wgraumann says:

        We have learned pointing works well, but they don’t appreciate Kathy’s tasting the food on the other customer’s table before she points. Lesson learned!

  8. Nancy McCollum says:

    Well, foo, foo!! I didn’t know you would have a guest room–and we were available too! Oh well, enjoy everything, but I’m jealous. Buenos noches y tener un tiempo maravilloso en Sevilla.

    • wgraumann says:

      Sorry you did not know that–we would have enjoyed your company. In fact, someone from Salem is coming next week and another couple from Salem will join us in Florence in March. We will need to travel together another time. Let’s plan for that.

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