Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sevilla en el Video

Heres triplet of videos that i've shot on the iPhone 4 since i've been here.This first one is just some kids playing football down by the river.

This second video was taken one evening in one of the many plazas in Sevilla. The locals (mainly students), are doing pre drinks before rolling before heading to a club, or knowing so of them, just simply having dinner!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 22

Today was a personal milestone. It signified the longest time I've been away from home in my relatively short life.

Before this china held the record, at 21 days. Now while you could argue that I was in Jamaica for much longer, I was living with my grandparents so it was a very different scenario.

I'm relatively settled now, I know my way around town, my Spanish and more importantly my confidence in my Spanish is improving. I got some friends, most of whom speak English sadly.

How long will I stay for, your guess is as good as mine. But
the sevillianos are wonderful (& beautiful) people, they have awesome food and are really friendly. Why would I want or need to go else where.

Only time will tell, I look forward to the next 22 days.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Are you for real?

I've been in spain for 12 days. During that time i've been looking for a place to call home. My conversations with various parties have usually begun with this.

¿Puedo visitar de habitacion hoy o esta semana?
This is spanish for "Can i visit the room today or this week?" However some of the responses i get back to this simple request are crazy. Take this one for example


         Thanks for the email and am really glad for you interest in my  Apartment.I owns the Apartment,My name is [REDACTED] and also want you to know that it was due to my wife's Sickness that made us to leave the  Apartment and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take good care of the  Apartment, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time .So for now,I am in Benin Republic Cotonou in our new home and also I am with the keys and documents of the  Apartment,we tried to look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but could not see and we don't want the  Apartment to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents  along with us here and as you know that,I and my family are in the Benin Republic Cotonou on a christian mission of God all because of the sickness,so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the  Apartment but your absolute maintenance of my  Apartment is most important thing.So get back to me on how you could take care of our  Apartment or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Note that the rent is going to be ( 260 Euro) No extra fees.I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are.Hope you are okay with the price  per month with DVD Player, air conditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils,refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven,microwave,dishwasher and washing machine and Dryer and i will want you to get back to me with the Application form below :


            ========  RENT APPLICATION FORM  ========
            ========= PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL========  
    Also,Pls answer these questions below:
    1)Your Full Name__________________________ ____________
    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone
      Number________________________ _______
    3)How old are you _____________________________
    4)Are you married ______________________________ _____
    5)How many people will be living in the  Apartment ___________________________
    6)Do you have a pet ______________________________ ___________
    7)Do you have a car ______________________________ ____________
    8)Occupation ______________________________ ___________________
    9)What is your religion ______________________________ ______________
    10)How long are you willing to stay
    ______________________________ ___________
    11)When do you intend to move in ______________________________ ___________
    12)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________ ________
    13) Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my  Apartment ______________________________ ________
    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt in your name and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the keys and the documents to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i want you to stick to your words,We are putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this property of ours and God bless you more as you do this. Pls note that you will be viewing the  Apartment from outside and won't be able to inspect the Interior because the keys and the documents to the  Apartment are with me here in Benin Republic Cotonou and It is located on a cool, quiet and safe neighborhood.
    Thanks and God Bless.
Um, ok. So do you want to take me out into the woods and shoot me too? I thought for a moment, that this could be true story, even though it may as well have had SCAM in the title. Later that same day i got another email from another landlord.

La renta mensual es de 450 euros para todo el piso, incluyendo todos los servicios públicos (agua, electricidad,gas,calefacción, Internet, TV,garaje, aire acondicionado, lavavajillas, recogida de basuras). Se puede mover en cualquier momento. El problema es que soy la única persona que tiene las llaves y estoy lejos,en Romania con mi trabajo, pero si sigues interesado podemos tratar algo,utilizando un servicio de efectivo en entrega como TNT, que se encargará tanto de pago y la entrega de las llaves en la manera más segura para usted.
Thanks to google translate ...

The monthly rent is 450 euros for the entire floor, including all utilities (water, electricity, gas, heating, Internet, TV, garage, air conditioning, dishwasher, garbage disposal). You can move at any time. The problem is that I am the only person who has the keys and I'm far away in Romania with my work, but if you interested we can work something out using cash on delivery service such as TNT, which will handle both payment and delivery of keys in the safest way for you.

Wow, so apparently everyone in Sevilla goes away and takes their keys with them. Maybe they need an iPhone app for that ...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Los Negros

So I've been in Sevilla almost a week. What can I say its a cool city. Filled with beautiful women, nope of whom speak English. But hey I wanted a challenge.

So like all places what makes Sevilla so different from Hemel Hempstead. Well there are a lot of differences. There are no crazy roundabouts, the women look better, and they speak better English... I think the biggest difference is the attitude of the people. People here place a premium on family and community. The focus on work is significantly less and 'hustling' mentality is almost absent. The people here wish to enjoy and their lives. That's not to say I've moved to a society of lazy folks, but they certainly do know how relax. As one person put it 'they work to live, not live to work'.

The search for a place to live is going slowly, I've decided that I want to live with Spaniards as that's the only way I'll improve my Spanish. While it's difficult, nothing worth doing is ever easy right?

What has made this trip a great deal easier and somewhat less nomadic, is the presence of Jason, in his own words the 'original g'. However I prefer a more apt term for the two of us, Los Negros. He also happens to cook a mean steak.

Friday, October 08, 2010

48 Hours

In 48 Hours i've met, and gotten to know the following

6 Aussies
8 Americans
1 Canadian
3 American Iraqi War Vets
2 Spanish Teachers
Several Spanish students
2 Beautiful German ladies
A load of Germans
1 Korean women needing her photos backed up.
1 Moroccan
1 Frenchman

And last but not least, 2 Brits.