The Sounds of Fallas 2019

I've shared a bunch of photos of different things during Fallas this year. Mostly, other than the bands for the processions, it's been more of a visual feast. But Holy Batman! It's loud around here and you can't really appreciate it until you're there in person. But I'm going to try to help you get … Continue reading The Sounds of Fallas 2019

Last Days of Fallas

What I said in my last post about noise? Well, I take it all back. Last night was epic on the noise front. Our local Fallas Associations were in full steam until late. I took the elevator down with several Falleras from our building. Some older ladies who had the sash from long ago with … Continue reading Last Days of Fallas

Falles 2019 and the Environment: Shades of Things to Come

No matter how much you love Fallas, and people do or don't to varying degrees, you can't help but look at these amazing sculptures carved from hardened liquid Styrofoam, and not understand that burning over 700 of these in one night is an environmental disaster. The chemicals and CO2 released as they melt (The Crema), … Continue reading Falles 2019 and the Environment: Shades of Things to Come

It Goes BOOM!

Last year when we arrived in Valencia, we felt like we were inundated by sound. BOOMS! and POPS!. People throwing fireworks under the feet of strangers seemed to be common. And when sitting at a cafe you'd be jumping as someone lit a firecracker under your chair and ran. We noticed that very small children, … Continue reading It Goes BOOM!

Effigies and Processions

The last days of Fallas are upon us. It started slow with neighborhood processions - my favorite - that are more homegrown and organic, and don't possess all the flash of the grand processions with the 100's of Falleras and Falleros marching to the town hall on floats. Or the one to Our Lady of … Continue reading Effigies and Processions

Nou d’Octubre – The Day of Valencia

Every October 9th, since King James the I of Aragon sent the Moors packing south, Valencian's have celebrated their freedom. OK, well as much freedom as people who still lived under a feudal system for 100's of years following this conquest could. But the Spanish population, who were mostly Christians (Catholics) went from being the … Continue reading Nou d’Octubre – The Day of Valencia

Mystery Meat & Other Adventures

To say it's been hot in Valencia this summer doesn't do it justice. So hot that I have no tan. Because it's too hot to go outside. Sweat dripping and hair plastered to my head holds no appeal on a beach or even sitting in the park. So I have opted for indoor pursuits and … Continue reading Mystery Meat & Other Adventures

The Opera House

Before living here, Spain and artistic patronage weren't something I connected. But this is due only to my own ignorance and inexperience, because I was completely wrong. And I've spent the better part of the last few month disavowing myself of my previous prejudices. Sure, I'd been to the Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL. … Continue reading The Opera House

Moors and Christians

Last evening, we traveled to Torrent on the Metro to experience all that a Moors and Christians celebration has to offer. The Moors occupied Spain for 800 years until, over many years and after many battles, they were defeated by Christian armies from across Europe. Charlemagne is a legend in the Basque country for contributing … Continue reading Moors and Christians

The BioParc

As we count down Emilie's last couple of weeks here in Spain for the summer, we have been playing tourists. Not so many museums and more of the organized amusements that someone under the age of 18 might enjoy. Last week was the Oceanographic. Today was the BioParc. Last weekend we had gotten a coupon … Continue reading The BioParc