“Where are you from?” they asked.
“Seville” I replied.
“No, but where are you really from?”
Does this conversation sound familiar? Welcome to life on the local-foreign divide.
Most people think “Where are you from?” is a simple question yet the answer can be anything but. For me, home is a story rather than a word. Each chapter has its own language, culture and people. In an increasingly global world the answers are becoming ever more complex but at the same time the mixture of cultures and experiences enriches our worldview in ways we’d never thought possible.
I come from a mix of places. From England and Spain, from a rural town and a sunny city. I have a particular love for a place on the Spanish-Portuguese border which is filled with childhood memories and mingling cultures. Spanglish always rolls around the dinner table and I switch languages based on topics, people or even mid-sentence. I am from everywhere and nowhere. The list keeps growing.
Now I live in Seville. This bright city in the south of Spain has everything you would think of when this country is mentioned: flamenco, tapas, a bull ring and sunshine. But Sevilla is so much more than this, Spain goes far beyond the stereotypes.
Would you like to learn more about this country and its culture?
I am sharing what I’ve learnt over the last 20+ years about Spain, Andalusia and Sevilla. Join me on the blog as we explore what it’s like to grow up overseas, how to navigate Spanish culture, what to see and do in Sevilla and more.
About The Spanish Berry
If you were wondering where such a name came from, it’s as simple as this. Berries are a wonderful variety of red fruits whereas the Berrys are a great family from England. Since part of the family happens to live in Spain, we became known as The Spanish Berrys. And voilà, the name stuck. (Yes, there is even some French family in there, too).
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