On Wednesday the 24th of November, I had the pleasure of taking a day trip to Sevilla for the first time with Just Law´s Senior Lawyer, Marisa Moreno Castillo to attend Andalucía Trade GLOBAL 2023.
Travel to Sevilla
We left for Sevilla from Benalmádena at around 8 o’clock with a 2 and a half hour drive ahead of us. Now that we’re heading into the winter months, the sunrise was still coming up on the mountains and it made for a spectacular drive! I will never get tired of Andalucías stunning natural beauty.
About an hour or so into the drive we decided to stop for a coffee just outside of La Puebla de Cazalla at Los Cazaores. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from a little truck stop cafe on the side of the A-92.Surprisingly, it was one of the best coffees I have had so far in my time in Spain. Even better than some of the ‘fancy’ ones you can find in Marbella. After we finished our coffee I energetically turned to Marisa and said “Now I am definitely ready for Sevilla!”
Andalucía Trade GLOBAL 2023
We got back on the road and within the hour we arrived at FIBES – El Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Sevilla (the conference centre in Sevilla). After we were welcomed and given a goodie bag we headed straight to the main hall where we took our seats and watched the inauguration of Andalucía Trade Global 2023. Alberto Granados, the president of Microsoft in Spain gave a seminar on the upcoming developments of Artificial Intelligence and how it will change the way we work, and allow us to be more creative in our roles.
After Mr. Granados, Doña Carolina España, the counsellor for Economy, Treasury, and European Funds here in Andalucía spoke about investments in the economy to make Andalucía THE place to work and live. It was my impression that she is correct; If you are thinking of making a move, investing, or starting a business in Spain, Andalucía is the place to be.
Once we finished up at the exposition, we made our way into central Sevilla for the most important part of a day trip: roaming around and enjoying. I started my time by finding the nearest Bocadillo stand, where I had an amazing jamon con queso. I walked with my bocadillo to the Sevilla Cathedral and I was stunned by its scale and ornate beauty.
Around the cathedral there were a few art stands where I treated myself to an oil painting to put on my desk at work. While I spent most of the afternoon with my neck craned up taking in all of the sights, I eventually made my way to the main river in Sevilla, the Guadalquivir. While Marisa is an expert in law, she also was equipped to be my local tour guide. She had plenty of interesting backstory for the local area. As I walked along the river she explained that in the 16th century, Seville was the mercantile centre of the western world, and the river served as the main route for maritime traffic for more than 200 years!
The Journey Home
We decided at this point it was time to make our way back towards Málaga. On our way we passed the Cruzcampo brewery and within minutes we were back on the ‘autopista’ towards Málaga. The evening light on the mountains once again looked stunning and as we got close to Málaga, Marisa pointed out la Peña de los Enamorados (o Montaña del Indio), which looks like the side profile of a sleeping person! One of nature’s best optical illusions!
While it was a long journey at about 2 hours each way (without stops for coffee), it shows just how accessible and diverse Andalucía is. We drove, but there are a number of bus and train routes also available to Sevilla from Málaga at a low cost, which is perfect for a day trip. Exploring Sevilla and attending the Andalucía Trade Expo was one of the moments where I really took stock of how lucky I am to be here, and to be presented with such opportunity to explore and gain experience every single day, even in the office.
I am loving every second of living and working in Andalucía and I think you will too.
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