River Stories! Stroll along Seville’s famed Guadalquivir, imagine its past and enjoy the present

  • taniagoh
  • Aug 20, 2021

 

River stories! In my free virtual walking tour of Seville for my students, we walked along this stretch of Seville’s Guadalquivir River.

You’ll be greeted by a rich view of the Cathedral, the Bullring, and the traditional barrio of Triana, famed for its flamenco.

Where I stand is where the first round-the-world Magallanes-Elcano voyage set off in 1519!

Besides watering Andalusia’s land for agriculture, it made Seville of great maritime importance in Europe’s early sea-commerce with exclusive trading rights.

Get to know why Seville was chosen over Cádiz!

The expedition of 1519 didn’t have intentions of going around the world.

They were in search of spices such as cloves, nutmeg & black pepper (from Indonesia/Southeast Asia).

In those days, cloves were as valued as spices!

This year, 2021, while in Spain, I enjoy my Sundays going to the studio early in the morning, having my cafe con leche, while reading up about Spain, so I can provide my students some cultural background to enrich what they learn in the dance studio with me.

“Experience flamenco beyond the confines of a studio. Why not gain some cultural affinity to Spain to feel and express it in your dance?” – Tania

 

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