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It’s December and look what I’ve got! Isn’t this FABULOUS? I’ve long been a fan of Alfredo’s “city façades” of various classic bars and other iconic buildings in Sevilla, a collection he began during the Covid lockdown, and now he has created this wonderful 2023 calendar. A perfect Christmas present for Sevilla lovers, don’t you think? Not only do you get a different bar each month, there are dates mentioned for special Sevilla holidays and birthdays of well-known sevillanos (though I noticed mine was missing).

If you’d like to order one get in touch with Alfredo (he ships all over the globe) via his Instagram page

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Yep, another one. Still in Beta so there’s a waiting list. I just got on it today and am feeling my way around. It seems much more user-friendly than the other “Twitter alternatives” I’ve tried and  the very interesting thing is that you can pay (or earn money) for “premium” content. For example, on Twitter a lot of newspapers are behind a paywall and, while I agree with paying for good journalism, I don’t want to pay for a dozen or more subscriptions when I may only read a couple of articles a month from a particular news service. This way I can just pay per article if I’m interested in reading it. Likewise, people can post there like they would on any social media site, or they can charge to read certain posts. Anyhow, it’s early days so we’ll see how it goes.

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Not surprising to learn that 6 out of 10 dwellings in the Barrio Sant Cruz (my old ‘hood) are now tourist apartments. But it was a bit shocking to find out that it is the most tourist saturated neighbourhood IN SPAIN. And these stats are from 2019 so things are actually much worse now. I’ve  been living in Museo for the past five years and even here new tourist apartment buildings – ENTIRE BUILDINGS – are popping up all over the place. Likewise new hotels. Everywhere.

You don’t need much of a brain to figure out that without neighbours there is no neighbourhood. That without neighbours the entire local infrastructure becomes geared to serving tourists, which is quite hideous. No more corner stores, fruit and veg shops, book shops, no more newsagents… small family run bars replaced by sleek and shiny corporate replicants. And instead crass commercialism abounds with tacky souvenir shops vying for space alongside mediocre tapas bars, the streets flooded with dazed tourists thinking they are experiencing the REAL DEAL. The irony of course being that the very thing they have come to see no longer exists and they don’t even know it. I still love Sevilla so much, but I also miss her.

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