Andalusia for newbies: did you know that...?
“Oh, yeah...” Did you know that…
… the first "oh, yeah..."-moment was: the cycler I saw from the bus, swaying on the highway but with a helmet (?).
… that was actually the second "oh, yeah..."-moment?
… I didn't count the moment that I stepped into the 35 degrees "fresh air" while carrying my backpack, handluggage and my guitar?
… that was thus 35 degrees in the shade?
… I thought that was warm?
… at that time I didn't know that temperatures in Seville could reach 52 degrees and more in august?
… I didn't believe that either?
… after experiencing 46 degrees in june, I do?
… I also decided I won't be anywhere near Seville in august, no matter what?
… I'd recommend everybody do the same?
… the airconditioning in the bus was adjusted to august temperatures yet?
… the perceptive temperature inside the bus was about the freezing point?
… the one thing you hope is then that your bus stop will be in the shade?
… your bus stop is always in full sun?
… that does create another "oh, yeah..."-moment: catching breath and shade-hopping?
Home! Did you know that…
… the water in my new place was heated by electricity instead of big bottles of gas?
… that doesn't mean that you don't have to turn the hot water "on" before you take a shower?
… the first monday morning at 8am, that caused the next "oh, yeah..."-moment?
… "it takes about half an hour" still means that it 'll take at least an hour?
… that's not only true for heating water, but also for appointments with people you do or do not know and the service at whatever counter you find yourself?
... this time I didn't have to try my luck at so many counters as at the time I lived in Cádiz?
… if you judge the register in the supermarket on speed and efficiency, it's actually just some kind of counter too?
… thanks to that, in the end I had plenty of time and opportunities to get used to the Spanish rythm of life?
… the same use of "five minutes" for "at least a quarter" is a common habit?
… Spanish people don't see that as a problem?
… it doesn't take long for anyone to start using the same time indications as they do?
… Dutch people do see that as a problem? :D
… it doesn't take long for anyone to start using the exact time again when you're back?
Old habits. Did you know that…
… tostadas (toast) with tomate triturado (mashed tomato) en aceite (olive oil) is still my favorite breakfast?
… I specially reserved a sunday to go "favorite breakfasting" for the first time again?
… it turned out then that they didn't do tostadas after twelve?
… I never heard something like that in Cádiz?
… I'm not even sure if I ever had breakfast before twelve when I was there?
… on my next try the next sunday I was even more excited about finally having tostadas?
… the man behind the bar asked me again if I said "tomato" when he saw my disappointed face when I looked at the tostada with slices of tomato that he put in front of me?
… it took me about a month to find tomate triturado in Seville?
… from that day on, I went out for breakfast almost every day?
… I then decided to buy an amp to finance my breakfasts?
… it worked, and that busking is still as much fun as it was?
… this year I officially called the tree on my favorite playing square (Plaza San Franciso): "Nelly's tree"?
… I forgot that I'd have to take my amp home too?
… it just fit in my backpack, so I could take it with me by plane?
… the Spanish lady from Ryanair didn't even think my bag was too heavy?
… my amp arrived well in Holland?
… I had to leave half of my clothes in the second-hand box in Sevilla?
… that sounds worse than it is, because I don't really have that much clothes ;)?
And also this: did you know that…
… I have a Teaching English certificate now and that it was a lot of work?
… that's why I stayed for one more month to visit Cádiz, Granada and Seville?
… it was much fun to see everybody there again?
… I want to thank my old and new friends for the great time I had?
… I want to thank everybody here in and around Holland for their support, ideas and reactions on the project until now?
… I'll go to Ecuador on the 16th of august?
… then things will get started for real?
... I'll keep you informed about farewell parties and other important things?
See you later!!