Shame on you, Betis!

As I mentioned many times before, I’m sevillista, a fan of Sevilla Football Club, and our biggest opponent is Real Betis Balompie. The teams are from the same city and Betis just came up to the first league after a year in second, so the derbies are back!

I went to one just before Christmas. I had a lot of fun walking with all the supporters to the other stadium and singing our song during the whole game, which unfortunately was really boring! We had just found out that we would play against each other in the Spanish cup too, so this was the first derby of three within a month. No goals, no attacks, a referee that blew the whistle for every tiny incident and killed the game. And well, I guess they were all nervous and didn’t want to make any stupid mistakes.

What’s worse is what happened after the game. For security reasons we had to stay in the stadium for another 45-60 min after the end of the game, which is understandable. What I don’t understand however, is how it can be allowed to play the hymn (of Betis) on broken speakers that were placed just behind us, on unacceptable high volume and they didn’t play it once or twice, but twenty-one times! I didn’t count, but apparently someone did and wrote it on Facebook the day after. It was absurd! We started making fun of it and every time the song came to an end, we all started shouting “otra, otra..” (more or less like saying one more time..) and we flashed our phones in the old lighter-style. The only thing that made it worth staying and listening to this awful hymn (I really hate it now!) was that our players came out and thanked us.

And that was the first out of three…

Yesterday the first round of the cup was played and we won! 0-2! I didn’t go but I went to a bar to see it with some friends. The game was better than last time, quicker, more aggressive, and of course, two goals! Betis had a penalty in the 81st minute, but Ruben Castro sent the ball up to the spectators behind the goal. Then they received a red card (after two yellow). I saw on TV how the Betis fans started to leave the arena, and I understand them…

And, after the game, another disaster! The Sevilla fans had to stay more or less 30 minutes in the stadium, once again because of security reasons, and what happened? Yes, of course! The hymn was played again! And were the speakers fixed? NO! Incredible.. In the video you can see how the fans are dancing and showing the light on their phones, and after one minute you’ll hear what it sounded like for them… But yesterday the players never came out to thank their fans. Why? Because someone had closed the gate to the field and they couldn’t go out there.

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After the first game the President of Sevilla FC only said that this isn’t anything that we will do at our stadium, because it’s just mean.

Shame on you, Betis!

Electro training!

I tried electro training today for the first time. It was… Different… 

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve started going to a new gym, and at this gym they also offer you electrical muscle stimulation. A friend of mine works at the gym and also performs this type of training. He convinced me to try it and said and done, I did it! 

First I had to answer some questions about my health and then I put on the clothes; a vest and a pair of “pants”. When he strapped me into the clothes I felt as if I was going climbing or maybe even that I’d jump out of a plane with a parachute, that’s the type of clothes you wear. He then put on some other straps on my arms and legs and plugged me in to his monitor.

  
I was really worried that it would hurt, but it didn’t. At first it was a tingling feeling, like someone was giving you a relaxing massage, but after a while the current became stronger and it almost felt as if someone was grabbing my muscles and pushing me forward. It’s really difficult to explain, but that was my sense of feeling. By the end of the workout he changed it to another type, anti cellulite, and that wasn’t as pleasant… It stung more than the other, but it didn’t hurt.

We did a lot of different exercises and even though it only lasted for about 20-25 min, I was sweating and my body was dead after the workout! I could feel my stiff muscles immediately and now I’m excited to see how I feel tomorrow.

  
My friend told me that this type of training shouldn’t substitute your normal workout but be a supplement. I think I’d like to try it again. The first day we did some over-all training covering the whole body, but with a little more focus on legs and the behind. Electrical muscle stimulation can also be used on only certain parts of the body to improve your results on that area, or you could use it as we did today, full body.

Right now I think I’ll continue my normal workout but when I get in better shape I might go electro again and choose a muscle group to work on. Now there are just too many parts of my body that needs to get fit…

  

Back to the (new) gym

I changed gyms over the summer. Not because I disliked my old one but because I needed to get more free time.

I used to go to Sato sports in Santa justa, Sevilla, and I had a personal trainer from Ensa sport there who helped me to get in shape and to like the gym! In summer I was working with my academy’s summer camp which we had in a sports center. This place is called supraljarafe and its in the village next to my job and has everything you need! In summer we used tracks, football fields, a sports hall and all the swimming pools. It’s the biggest sport center in Andalusia (south of Spain).

So as I got back to work in September I decided to sign up at their gym and now a colleague and I go three times a week. It’s really nice! I made a program for us (thank you Ernesto for teaching me so many exercises!) and it’s going quite well. I save a lot of time because I go during the day when I have a lunch break instead of at night which gives me a whole lot more time at home in the evenings.

  

Rainy days

The rain is back in Seville! I’m not a big fan, but days when I actually can stay in and do whatever I want, I don’t mind it. So here I am, watching TV, organizing my stuff, cleaning and checking things on the Internet.

I have one big problem though… I have to go grocery shopping… I look out the window and now might be a good time to go, because the rain has stopped and the sky looks nice. But no… I’m curled up on the couch with my cup of tea and I have no intentions whatsoever to leave right now…

Tomorrow I’m going to Sevilla FC’s game against Manchester City. I’m really excited but a bit worried about the weather… A few months ago I went to another game and it was just pouring down! Same thing tomorrow night… But they’re worth it!

And talking about rain… I hate it when actors can’t cry and they just fake it. I’ve just witnessed three attempts of miss “Carrie Bradshaw” crying over Big having a heart surgery. Big fail.

Well, time to go!

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It’s not every day you see your students on the news…

For the last month I’ve had a new student in the academy where I work and he’s not like any other student, this one is famous! He used to play football in Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and also in the National team of Spain. His name is Sergi Barjuan.

He is a really cool guy, very nice and humble, but also a lot of fun. He has never really studied English, he was born and raised in Barcelona and studied Spanish, Catalan and French at school, his English is more or less self taught during his years as a footballer.

When I first met him I was surprised by his level, it seems a lot higher because he dares to try! He speaks to me in English all the time and he really tries. He doesn’t get it all right grammatically, and sometimes he lacks some words, but he gets himself understood. That’s why he needed classes and came to us at the academy.

We’ve been having classes for about a month now, I loved it, someone to talk football with! And I think that his English has improved, at least his understanding of the structure of the language, but if he remembers it, we’ll see…

Anyway, yesterday I saw on the news (sport news that is) that he just got signed for Almería as their new coach. Great! I’m really happy for him and I hope he can make Almería stay in the first division (they’re third last but with quite a lot of teams with similar points). And yes, of course this means that he won’t be able to attend his classes in Seville anymore.. Bummer, but maybe he’ll be back? In the meantime we decided to keep in contact and I’m going to keep a close eye on Almerías progress… First game tomorrow against Barcelona!

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Cleaning out the cupboard

I’m trying to get rid of all the unhealthy food I have at home. Unfortunately (or maybe it’s a good thing?) I don’t like throwing perfectly fine things out because it makes me feel arrogant to the people in the world that don’t have enough food. So, eat, give away, use it one last time or what? My unhealthy things are in general chocolate (I don’t have any cravings for it these days and I still have a lot left since Christmas), baking ingredients and jam. It’s not much, but since I don’t crave it and want to change my diet, I feel like I could use that space for food that I actually eat which is healthier.

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Yes, it’s insanely full and only the bottom one is mine, the one above belongs to my roomie.

Something that has happened twice now, which may not be the best solution but at least I get the things out of my cupboard, is that they literally fall out and onto the floor. And what happens when a jar hits the floor? Smash and food everywhere!

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#CreerSevilla

Hoy juega Sevilla FC contra Real Madrid, el líder de la liga… Recuerdo que hace un par de años Real Madrid tuvieron problemas cuando jugaban contra Sevilla, éramos su talón de Aquiles. Desafortunadamente ya no lo somos… Pero hoy sí vamos a ganar! Uno de los jugadores de Sevilla, Krychowiak, ha creado un hashtag para Sevilla y el partido. #CreerSevilla @GrzegKrychowiak

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No puedo ver el partido porque es en Madrid, pero lo escucharé en la radio mientras estoy en el gimnasio…