The last week of my enchanting and magical time in Sevilla, I was blessed to live in Javier's and Alicia's amazing apartment which was in el barrio La Alfalfa, situated in the very midst of el centro, Sevilla. Javier was my second home-exchange partner, and was living in my house in Oakland for the month of June, while working on his graduate thesis at Berkeley. His girlfriend, Alicia, who graciously showed me around Sevilla in the early part of my trip, was away in Brazil during my stay in their lovely home.
The apartment is quaint and eclectic, French doors in every doorway, and windows too, opening to the fresh air, Spanish tile on every floor.... ancient and historical detail everywhere. Just AMAZING!
The best part was a gorgeous rooftop terraza (terrace), where Alicia and Javier have a lovely, blooming garden, chaise lounge, table and chairs... I enjoyed several sunny evenings there with a glass of wine.
The sweet apartment is actually in the back portion of a convent. The convent is currently operational, however, the back portion of it was renovated into apartments many years ago. The bedroom shares a wall with the convent, and every morning and evening, I could hear las monjas (the nuns) singing vespers! It was breathtaking! Think: Sound of Music! What a beautiful and unexpected surprise! So, whenever I heard them, I took the cue to stop and pray, along with them. It was so comforting and healing!!