Seville is magic. It’s like a fairy tale, or one of the seven kingdoms in Game of Thrones. (Well technically it is one of the seven kingdoms–Dorne was filmed at the Real Alcázar.) A few friends put together lists of places to visit and things to do: see flamenco, explore the Barrio Santa Cruz, and visit the Catedral, Real Alcázar, Plaza de España, and Parque de María Luisa.
I went all in on the flamenco. I saw shows at La Carboneria and Museo del Baile Flamenco, and took a lesson. At the Museo del Baile Flamenco, I sat in the front row and was so close to the stage that my knees were just inches from it. When the bailaora (female flamenco dancer) spun around, I could feel the wind from her dress on my face, and when the bailaor stomped his feet, I closed my eyes tightly to prevent his sweat from flying into my eyes. (No photos were allowed in either venue, so I don’t have any to share.)
Having just watched two different performances, I was excited to take a lesson and ended up being the only one in my class. My beautiful and talented teacher Florencia looked at me laughingly, “Do you want to ask questions, or do you want to dance?” Apparently, I wanted to do a little of both. It was hard! She offered to take a video, but I quickly declined. Nobody outside of that room needed to see me erratically stomp my feet and crack up when I invariably got mixed up.
Florencia (above) standing outside her studio in La Macarena. Plaza de España (below).
Parque de María Luisa (below).
© Sarah Milstein 2018