Remember learning idioms as a kid? Trying not to laugh when thinking about looking at a horse in the mouth, or having it come straight from another horse’s mouth? My kids have been trying their best to describe, with their limited English, what the meaning of “when the cat’s away, the mice will play,” and it doesn’t help that their teacher shares the same name.
Of all the idioms I use, both in English and Spanish, “A Picture is Worth 1000 words” is perhaps the truest. My mind makes mental snapshots on the daily, drinking in what I see around me. A horse-drawn carriage drinking water at a fountain. Ready, aim…click. Solemn Semana Santa processions, a black-cloaked nazareno looking at me with piercing, passionate eyes. Click. Seville is a city whose worldly delights can make immaculate photos, so part of my new project will be to show off this place through photos that bring to mind far more than 1000 words. I’ll try and limit it to 100, though.
The key to appreciating Seville is to look up. Looking up provides a glimpse of the martins circling over the buttresses of the cathedral, affords a whiff of jasmine or azahar, allows you to trip over the uneven concrete of a city whose history precedes it. Looking up means snapping a photo of the tiled underbelly of a balcony, catching glimpses of life for the thick-skinned sevillanos. Without this vista, the city is what it is – touristy, full of souvenir shops along Avenida de la Constitución. But just looking up, to the shuttered windows of the old quarter, the preserved minaret towers, now replaced with bells, and the blue sky that is ever-present in the Andalusian capital, makes the city as romantic as its mantra claims. No me ha dejado, not with views like these. Photo taken from Pasaje de Miguel Mañara.
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