|Kathy and Edward|
|Christian statues, Islamic writing ...|
Kathy owns two beautiful and friendly greyhounds, Eli and Abril, whom the children loved. I am not joking when I say beautiful. Eli is a pure-bread greyhound that participated in a one-time fashion show next to a beautiful human and I think won some dog contests as well, while Abril is of mixed race and has a personal charm of her own. Greyhounds are big, but graceful and steady - not jumpy - and due to the large amount of time Kathy invests in talking to them, they felt almost human and played well with the children as long as no-one sat on them, which is a reasonable restriction. David was trusted enough to be allowed to hold onto Abril's leash (and sometimes Eli's) on walks and Edward showed reason and gentleness towards both dogs.
We ate lots of fresh oranges and mandarines from the orchards there, which taste incomparably better than anything I have bought in Swiss or American stores, and some really good strawberries. The olives were amazing as well. However, the oranges from trees on the streets are like lemons and can be used as such. The olives from the trees were not very big and did not taste comparably to those found in jars. Although, salt and other spices have a big influence on the typical taste of conserved olives, this is still a reminder of how much work it takes to create all the prefect fruits we like to eat and how "man-made" everything we eat is. It must have been particularly hard to tame nature in places like Spain and even harder to live in these places 100+ years ago.
The many new and empty houses
There were many new, empty houses owned by bankrupt builders. There was a private street next to where Kathy lives full of very beautiful empty homes. They were also building new apartment buildings in that area even though the already built ones were empty. In the long term, as the economy recovers, I do hope that the homes will be lived in and will raise the standard of living for people in the area.
|The street we lived on|
Among the olive trees
|some new buildings|
|The sheep herd|
|The children and the snail|
|Eli and Abril dressed for rain|
More lax attitudes towards childcare: One of the parks we went to had a sign saying that children under the age of three cannot be left unattended, which means that children over three are considered independent enough to be left in the park to play while parents drink at a bar (or exercise nearby).
Seville's trash crisis and the demonstrations
|A Mechanized Protester|
Kathy told us it was a protest against lowering the salaries of the workers in salubrity. However, the demonstrations were not limited to the trash situation. People holding were signs that Spain should take money from the bankers to invest them in education, etc.
I am concluding with a picture with a beautiful plant with thorns and of us next to the horses and the orange trees in Seville.
|Laughing in the car.|
|An attempt at being serious...|
Why did I not post pictures of the trash? For several reasons. First, I am not found of trash. While we did take some pictures of some subset of us (not me) sitting in front of trash, I forgot on whose camera or phone it was and it's not important enough to be worth searching for. Also, plenty of professional photographers must have taken pictures of the trash in Seville, and I am not aiming to compete with them.