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Greetings from Sevilla

Sevilla has changed for the better since my last visit. There are streetcars, a metro (one line only), bikes available to the public, and pedestrian streets where the traffic used to circulate - in front of the cathedral for example.

I´ve been eating well (snails, fried fish, spinach with garbanzos, boiled shrimp, potatoes ali-oli,and much more).

I´ll have to catch you up later when I have more time, but before signing off, I´ll tell you about that last night of tapas in Granada, which was incredible.

First we went to Bodegas Castañeda, where we had habas con jamon (a sort of lima bean with ham),tortilla de patatas, tapas of jamon serrano with cheese, ensaladilla rusa (a sort of potato salad). I drank beer and the vermouth concoctions they make there (the vermouth is homemade) including a calicasas, which has like 12 ingredients. I love that bar.

Afterwards we went around the corner to a bar that specializes in seafood tapas. I switched to vino fino (dry sherry) and the tapas were fried eggplant, fried boquerones (the closest equivalent I can think of is smelt, but boquerones are salt water fish). Jose Luis started talking with a couple of granadinos, one older fellow, and a middle aged fruit seller. The old fellow was a total extrovert, telling obscene jokes, talking about working in Germany in the fifties, singing fandangos. What was incredible was when the fruit seller started singing. He was shy, but had an incredible voice.

To be continued ....

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