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Glad you are sorted out Edo, The Alameda is a great location to be living, we used it for breakfast or aperitifs when we were visiting our daughter in Sevilla (she is now in Vietnam).

 

Hope to get out to Sevilla again while you are there, it is a place we loved.

 

All the best Edo.

 

Martin

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14 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

The layers of important history here are endless. 

 

I'm getting that impression. Might we look forward to an "Edo of Seville" or "In the Shadow of Hercules" blog down the road?

 

 

 

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Very happy to hear that you're settling down nicely Edo. Life has a way to decide the path for you sometimes.

 

All the best.

 

Gen

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11 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

 

I'm getting that impression. Might we look forward to an "Edo of Seville" or "In the Shadow of Hercules" blog down the road?

 

 

 

 

Hmm, In The Shadow of Hercules? Kinda like that title. Edo of Seville sounds a bit pompous to carry around for long. I must sort out WiFi and Internet first. We'll see. 

 

This Monday my Alamy collection will reach 6,000 images. Now that's a reason to celebrate.  B)

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9 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

Hmm, In The Shadow of Hercules? Kinda like that title. Edo of Seville sounds a bit pompous to carry around for long. I must sort out WiFi and Internet first. We'll see. 

 

This Monday my Alamy collection will reach 6,000 images. Now that's a reason to celebrate.  B)

 

I hope the Internet fees are lower than they are over here. Felicidades on reaching the big 6K.

 

I thought that In the Shadow of Hercules sounded a bit Henry Miller-ish. And he was a fellow New Yorker who loved Europe, or at least parts of it. B)

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The biggest takeaway, Ed, is that your stress level is down, now. Take it from someone who knows. That level of stress can kill.

I’m finally finding my center. I’m finding out who Betty is again, after caregiving for so many years. 

I thought any energy I once had was gone for good, but it’s slowly emerging.

You will find a new spring in your step now that you’ve found a home. I expect a year from now you’ll learn enough of the language to feel more comfortable. Not knowing the language, I would expect, adds stress, but minor compared to what you’ve been through.

All of us who helped you out are very happy that whatever we gave helped you survive until this point. That’s what makes the world go around.

Wish I had the funds to visit.  I’d be happy to have a balogna sandwich with you. I’d even take a pb & jelly!  I’m not cooking as much, these days. 

Although I did fix a t-bone & baked potato for lunch today. Needed to fix it before it freezer burned.  Now I can happily eat sandwiches for the next week since I saved the beef.

Betty

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Glad to see you finally found a place to live! :-)

 

Being me too a foreigner living in Spain, I would like to suggest you BBVA as a bank account. They offer an online account without expenses at all. It should be opened online, because if you go to a BBVA physical bank they'll offer you some account with fees (at least, it was like this until 2 years ago, when I opened mine). They have cash machines everywhere in Spain, since they are the biggest bank together with Santander, which you might consider, too. Their website and app are amazing, I love them, much more than my Italian bank ones :-) .

 

For the NIE, good luck! :-) I had my hard times, too! If you find a job here, it's easier. But you can have it, nothing impossible.

 

Ciao e buona fortuna! :-)

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My stress-level is climbing. For every problem I solve, two others pop up. 

 

Isacco, I managed to run into two Italian women when I was lost last night. But the didn't know the city. One "helped" me setup my iPhone with Google maps, but they put me in the verbal driving mode, so I got more lost. Was at a large department store, looking for towels. There are 1,000-plus tapas bar i n this city, but nowhere that sells bath or kitchen items. 

 

Edo, in a cafe using their WiFi

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Corte Inglès ought to have towels, if pricey, or a general market We found them cheaply in Porto, different country, I know.

How about Mercado FerÍa, Plaza Calderon de la Barca- not far from Hercules.

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There's an Ikea.

A bit of a trek by bus, but a 7km walk or by bike. About 10 min by car of course.

Not far from there, even closer to the Alameda de Hercules, is a huge Carrefour next to a Decathlon.

All of this is not designed for pedestrians, but for cars. From Ikea to Decathlon is like 4 minutes by car, but 45 on foot because it's on the other side of three; four; five autopistas. Well it's  only one, but with numerous ramps; circles and roundabouts.

 

In Triana around where the slightly posh (former - now mainly eating/drinking) wet market is, there's quite a bit of shops. Like in the Calle San Jacinto which is a bit touristy and a pedestrian zone?

The market is opposite of the bar/restaurant with the great viewing platform for your bullring and cathedral at night shot ;-)

At the other end of the Isabel II bridge, the one with the all circles.

 

wim

 

edit: just found this:

http://www.exploreseville.com/shopping.htm

probably all you need.

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4 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

My stress-level is climbing. For every problem I solve, two others pop up. 

 

Isacco, I managed to run into two Italian women when I was lost last night. But the didn't know the city. One "helped" me setup my iPhone with Google maps, but they put me in the verbal driving mode, so I got more lost. Was at a large department store, looking for towels. There are 1,000-plus tapas bar i n this city, but nowhere that sells bath or kitchen items. 

 

Edo, in a cafe using their WiFi

Order online?  I find myself doing this more and more. That’s how I bought some simple sheer curtains for this house, rather than look in 3-4 shops and wear myself out.

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Got towels at a China store. Got a coffee filter holder there too. I’ll be in the breakfast business tomorrow or soon. I need WiFi And a bank account now. I have PTSD, so please stop thinking I am about to have a party. 

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33 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 I have PTSD.

 

You mean you didn't go to Ikea but still got PTSD? ;-)

 

Maybe there's a monastery somewhere close by?

A walk to Santiago (only 778 km) maybe? You know since the middle ages this has cured everything. ;-)

I once cycled from Madrid to the west and there really are very quiet places in Spain.

Mainly in places where there's no people nor much else. ;-)

 

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Mark, I bought a light down filled jacket at El Corte Inglés yesterday for just 99 euros. They have 5 floors up and 2 basements, But they have no bath or kitchen departments. They might be in another nearby store. Anyway, I’m caught up on shopping for now. 

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Hola Edo,

 

Normally El Corte Ingles has several buildings around with  specialised topics, e.g.in the San Pablo you must go to Edificio 3 to find  Hogar y Decoración. I do not know any ECI not selling towels.

Enjoy Sevilla

 

http://www.elcorteingles.es/centroscomerciales/en/eci/centros/centro-comercial-plaza-del-duque-de-la-victoria/departamentos/por_plantas

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2 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

That's how I got lost, Abiyoyo -- trying to find their other buildings. :rolleyes:

 

Is their a way, perhaps selling my soul, that I can learn to speak Spanish in a few days? 

Ed, some years ago now, because it came with a cassette, I used this, or its equivalent. Beware though, mine was the US version so it didn't have Castilian pronunciation.

This is what I used

https://www.abebooks.com/9781400020324/Spanish-Coursebook-Basic-Intermediate-LLR-Complete-1400020328/plp

this seems to be the current version

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/102451/complete-spanish-the-basics-book-and-cd-set-by-living-language/9781400024247/

It took more than a few days, though.

 

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5 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

That's how I got lost, Abiyoyo -- trying to find their other buildings. :rolleyes:

 

Is their a way, perhaps selling my soul, that I can learn to speak Spanish in a few days? 

 

Hi Edo

 

I am using Duolingo intensely as an aid to developing my French skills (as well as for my frequent travel, I want to use  French sources in my academic research); they offer many other languages including Spanish. The beauty is you learn at your own pace and it uses smart Spaced Repetition to maximise memorising. I aim to do a couple of lesson, plus a couple of practice (review) sessions twice a day - about 30-60minutes in total. It works for me and has certainly improved my reading enormously, if I could spend more time in France I believe I would quickly improve my listening and speaking skills as well. Find it at  https://www.duolingo.com/ and, even better, it is free!  I find it good fun as well. There are forums so you may be able to find local help.

 

Before my son's wedding in Paris in the summer I had some lessons with a tutor who I found through Superprof. She was a Parisian Masters bio-sciences student at  my local university (where I am now a doctoral student!). She was an excellent teacher and not expensive. It was really practical as she really understood French grammar and the use of language, both formal and informal.

 

I have found useful ideas in Fluent Forever, the book. There is also a web site and it emphasises starting with pronounciation (the author was a classical singer so could sing in foreign languages he did not understand, as musician and former actor that may work for you). It suugests new ways of visualising/repetition/ memorising rather than more traditional approaches. I think it would work for you better than the old classroom approaches.But they can always be combined to suit the student.

 

My daughter also found a native Spanish speaker who wanted to improve their English. They met for a relaxed coffee and ANgl;o-Spanish conversation once or twice a week; I think she called it an "inter-cambio". In the Uk we have what is called University of the Third Age which is aimed at the retired and there are groups on all sorts of subjects, including language and culture, perhaps there is something similar in Spain? Also in many French towns there are associations (French love clubs!) to promote the language and culture to international visitors like yourself, there may be something similar in Spain (or perhaps an Anglo-Spanish association).

 

Bonne chance!

 

Martin

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Another technique recommended by my bilingual daughter who teaches English as a foreign language is to rehearse/practice conversations in your head as though with a friend, or whoever, while walking; think Spanish (or whatever) as much as you can even if you only have a few words to start with.

 

She also recommended Wordreference.com as the online app to use on a phone or computer - it is quick so it is my go to everyday dictionary (for French). It is comprehensive; has all the garmmar, verb conjugation as well.

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Mark, I bought a light down filled jacket at El Corte Inglés yesterday for just 99 euros. They have 5 floors up and 2 basements, But they have no bath or kitchen departments. They might be in another nearby store. Anyway, I’m caught up on shopping for now. 

 

I accidently came upon the El Corte bath and kitchen store today when I came out of Orange asking about WiFi. I bought a French press for coffee. Got towels at a China store. 

 

I was doing Spanish on Duolingo in Montreal—then I would go out and everyone was speaking French. 

 

 

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12 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

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I was doing Spanish on Duolingo in Montreal—then I would go out and everyone was speaking French. 

 

 

 

At least that will not be the problem now! At least once you have internet access.

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