First Night In Seville

Dinner was an interesting experience. I went out with a small group of about 4 people and we left around 7 p.m. to go find a place to eat for dinner. We wandered through the Plaza of Hercules until we decided to grab something to drink before dinner. We sat at a restaurant and looked at the menu. The waiter came over and we started to order our drinks in English and realized he spoke no English. I then had to communicate in Spanish our order and still at times there was a communication barrier between us. He spoke to fast or I was using words usually used in Latin American Spanish. He spoke a sentence really fast and I asked him to repeat himself. He left to go grab the drinks.

Later for dinner we went to a Tapas bar, Duo Tapas, that was recommended by the hotel. This was a little more friendlier to foreigners as a few of the waitresses spoke some English, enough where we could order or ask about dishes. This also seemed popular among locals who were out to eat around 9 p.m.

At this point I realized I understood Spanish but could not always effectively communicate back verbally more than a very simple sentence. I also realized that many of my classmates did not speak Spanish as they took other languages in high school. This was to be the first of many times we were going to order and communicate in Spanish that week. I hope some of my Spanish comes back. I learned in this encounter that some of the people do not have the patience to deal with our lack of knowledge of the language, as foreigners. To the customers around us it was obvious that we were foreigners with our use of English as our main language and how we dress and ate at the restaurant. The taught me that not all people are patient but they will try to help you as much as possible as a foreigner.

Hotel in Seville

As an American most hotels are pretty standard in the US, there is maybe two queen beds or a king bed, a bathroom with a sink, a shower with doors or a curtain, a shower with a lever to flush it. Well when we entered the room in Seville, me and my roommate, Jacey, attempted to turn the lights on from the light switches and the lamps. Eventually we figured out that you have to insert your room key into the slot, as seen in the picture below, to turn on the lights. Also if you do not leave your room key in the slot then the lights are on a timer to save energy.

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Throughout the hotel there are sensors to turn on some of the brighter lights. Another difference was instead of a larger bed, like a queen or king like American hotels, there are two smaller sized beds pushed together.

This caused me to think about how much energy we use up in America. We do not have sensors or require a room key for the lights to be on. How much energy and resources are we actually wasting? Yes, it may seem weird to leave a room key in the light switch but it makes you more conscious of the environment. This has caused me to be more aware of energy consumption and use of resources.