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Any firsthand travel report from Seville?

Any firsthand travel report from Seville?

Apr 2nd, 2003, 05:45 AM
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Any firsthand travel report from Seville?

The first stop on our May 8th trip is Seville? I have really been looking forward to this trip but now am having second thoughts. I have read on some other travel related web sites that as Americans they felt really unwelcome there. I am not sure what to think now. Also we will fly into Madrid and take the train to Seville, there was mention of taxi drivers not wanting to take Americans? This is our 5th trip to Europe and I am not one to give up but I must say I am getting a little worried. Any firsthand advice?
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Apr 2nd, 2003, 08:58 AM
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I lived in Seville for a year in 1991 (actually during Persian Gulf I). I had the time of my life.

I understand why some people might have felt unwelcome...I think the Sevillanos are very proud people and also don't really speak much English (or at least they didn't back then). On the other hand, once we got into the groove of the culture, we made a number of friends and really found Seville to be a beautiful, magical city.
I loved the food (the best tapas), I loved walking around, and if you could possibly find some great flamenco. I also found the Sevillano people a lot of fun, they have increadible amounts of energy, and really like to enjoy life.
So, that's my opinion, for what it's worth.
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Apr 2nd, 2003, 09:38 AM
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I was just in Sevilla about 3 weeks ago. At no time did I feel that, as an American, I was treated poorly. Nor did I have any trouble getting taxis when I needed them. However, I speak Spanish so that may make a difference. Regardless, please do not hesitate to go to Sevilla. I loved the city and had some of the best food of my vacation there.

My only advice (and this applies to travelling anywhere) is that if you don't speak Spanish at least learn the "politeness" words like please, thank you, good morning, goodbye, etc. I think you will be received better that way wherever you go.
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Apr 2nd, 2003, 10:38 AM
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Thanks CAK2003 and quepasa18. I was really down about the trip yesterday but today looks "brighter". Any more information on current situation in Seville welcome.
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Apr 21st, 2003, 08:43 AM
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I returned from Sevilla, Barcelona , and Madrid about 3 weeks ago. The people were wonderful to me. I do suggest you attempt to speak Spanish- it is vey easy Sevilla as they speak traditional Spanish like we learn in the States. They really appreciate if you try to do so. Do at least learn "thanks", good morning, afternoon, and night, etc. I took cabs in all three cities, no problems except some did not speak English at all. Sevilla is wonderful and you are lucky the war is almost over as I saw many demosntrations in Barcelona and Madrid. Be smart, realx, and have fun!
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