Monday, April 27, 2009

Last Meal With The Fam!

Andy had to go to Casa Paco one last time for a pre-dinner snack. A plate of Camambert al Horno did the trick
The day before our parents left Spain we decided to have one last meal at Gato Azul. Britney and Corro came out to help give our parents a nice Spanish goodbye.

Andy's pizza called the Panco Gord0- with 4 cheeses, Serrano ham, and salami
Jennie's pizza-Zucchine e gamberetti
Jan's Pizza- the Parma

My mom's pasta-Spaghetti allo scoglio
Good times It's so hard to say goodbye!!! (yes, she was crying)

Finishing off dinner with a shot of limoncello

Friday, April 24, 2009

The JOURNEY to Gijon!!!

Last weekend we traveled to the city of Gijon to play the Mariners with a playoff spot on the line. The bus ride was 12 hours and then some because the bus drivers got lost. We left at midnight on Friday night and we didn't get back into Sevilla until 9a.m. on Sunday. Weather in Gijon was cold and rainy and it definitely affected the outcome of the game. Gijon is pretty much the Seattle of Spain. We turned the ball over numerous times and that pretty much was the downfall of our team. We ended up losing the game 45-21 and with that lost our shot at the playoffs.
It was quite a journey!!!Pre-game meal with JennieCaptains for the game: Ricardo, Sergio, Me, Antonio Pitch Pass!!! Unfortunately it was intercepted and taken back for a touchdown. I'm obviously not a QB.

I also played cornerback and linebacker this game

Successful 2 point conversion

Far from home? The Mexican players David Lozano, Me, Marco Antonio Patraca and Sergio Gonzalez

It wouldn't be right without a Lars pic

Best Linces Fan!!! 36 hours with a bunch of smelly guys, what a trooper.

Flamenco! Ole!

Flamenco Show at Casa de la Memoria in Barrio Santa Cruz. 15 Euro a person for some very serious flamenco. The dancers were flamenco students but still really talented - especially the male dancer.
The Giralda at night
Some amazing shoes on the walk home at a Bridal Boutique in the Center

Trip to Granada and Antequera

Casa Aljarife in the Albayzin neighborhood in Granada where Jennie and her mom stayed - a super quaint little bed and breakfast run by a German named Christian with quite a sense of humor.
Street in the Albayzin in Granada

At the Alhambra in Granada
The cave dwellings where the gypsies live
Inside the Nasrid Palace at the Alhambra
The top of the fortress
The Alhambra from the summer palace with the Albayzin (Moorish Quarter where Jennie and her mom were staying) in the background

The next day we went to one of the white villages, Antequera on the way home to Sevilla.
The dolmens in Antequera - just your average Bronze Age burial ground
The dolmens with La Peña de los Enamorados (Lovers' Leap rock) in the background
View of the Village of Antequera from the castle walls
Alcazaba gate
Nothing makes you want to nap like reading Merchant of Venice on the way home...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Aire de Sevilla and the Catedral/Giralda

Look who showed up in Sevilla!!! Two of our friends from UCD, Rich and Joe who were traveling around Europe... Obviously the first thing we did when they arrived was take them to Casa Paco (the waitresses all recognize us now - embarrassing) for some tapas. Nothing says welcome to Sevilla like Camembert al horno.

Morning walk to Aire de Sevilla - Since it was Mamax2 vacation time we thought a trip to the baths might be nice... and managed to sneak Andy in.
Super relaxed after visiting the Arabic baths
You never know when you might need to take some jumping pics
Afterwards we met up with Rich and Joe and took a tour of the Catedral - the largest gothic cathedral in Europe and climbed to the top of its bell tower - the Giralda.
Christopher Columbus' tomb in the Catedral - he was either a very small man or they packed him in there tight.

View from the top of the Giralda
Gelato with the family after our 34 floor climb to the top of the Giralda.

Us with Rich and Joe! Yay for Davis buds.