Thursday, February 16, 2023

day two- I think!?!

 Ok so I know we will eventually loose track of the days but right now I know this is the second  full day we have been here - having arrived three nights ago at around 8PM.... 

We started day 2 with a refrigerator emergency and so we got a late start- we had a list of a few items we needed to pick up so we were headed to Sephora and El Corte des Ingles (department store). But we were waylaid by - 

OMG we just found the best thing ever! Phil has been on this FB group for Sevilla and learned from them that the place for everything you might ever need is located in what they call Chinese stores. So today we stopped at one that said on the sign that they had Ferreteria (hardware) for some adapters for the electrical stuff... The guy at the cashier looked at the one we brought and pulled three out from the drawer underneath him! Clearly a frequently requested item. Then we went on to the one pictured below. They apparently serve in place of our drug stores. There we bought shower gel and paper towels! #winning. And they had easy 10,000 items in the store! Souvenirs, school supplies, toys, paper goods, buckets, mops, nails & screws.....

so we were returning from the Chinese store and ran across a bagel place with lox and bagels with cream cheese etc. But we got a super good laugh when we read further on the menu. These two "VERY" kosher kind of bagels. #NOT 

After putting away our goodies from the Chinese store we decided on a drink outdoors - we found a bar nearby that  had seating in a plaza next to it and spent some time relaxing in the sun, but when the sun went in we returned to our apartment to catch up on "work" before heading to dinner.. And by "work" I mean emails and dinner reservations and social media posts etc.... but here are osme things we saw when we were out today- and on the walk to dinner- 

Then it was off to dinner - at Casa Manolo Leon... a terrific meal in a lovely setting- 

Tomorrow- we meet our group leader for the Spanish immersion class.  The class is run through Road Scholar programs at the Spanish Studies Abroad in Sevilla school.   We begin at a meetup point and walk to the school - where we will do introductions - then a brief orientation of the overall program (every weekday 3 hours of language lessons Monday to Thursday - then 3 hours of culture lecture on Friday- with a few field trips mixed in and a local speaking partner program - meeting weekly) then a welcome dinner together.... and a full weekend of city orientation with public transport and various other things to teach us before we start school on Monday morning!

so we will be very busy soon... but we still have one daytime to ourselves before the program begins so there might be one more decent meal before we head into group territory for a couple of days...LOL

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