Egypt is mildly obsessed with Andalucia and the history of Muslims in Spain. You can see any number of small cafes, restaurants, or parks named after the historic region including a large cafe/park/nadi on the Nile near downtown. Or maybe its on the corniche in Giza… I get mixed up. Its on the Nile somewhere in Cairo, thats all I can promise.
Add Egyptian fascination with Mr. MM’s addiction to football (soccer) and now he has decided that at some point in our lives we will, inshAllah, live in Ishbiliya for at least one year.
Ishbiliya? That would be Sevilla, in Arabic. In fact the word Sevilla is derived from the word Ishbiliya which I believe was most likely derived from the Roman name for the city: Hispalis.
For all of my geographically impaired readers out there, you know who you are, Sevilla is in the south of Spain with other such historically Muslim cities as Grenada, Malaga, Cordoba, and Cadiz.
Live there for a year? I’m definitely not arguing. I’ve always wanted to be somewhere that my children could pick up Spanish as another of their native languages. Yes I could teach them myself however it would be so much easier if we lived somewhere Spanish-speaking.
Plus look at it:
Actually I’m quite shocked at the lack of good pictures of Sevilla available on google. But these will do. It looks nice right?
Who knows if we’ll ever actually be able to. But we’re open to the option. One day.
Ah, Sevilla! Viva Andalucia!