I had to come to Spain! Yes, had to. My friends hatched a plan for me to be thrown in a plane and whisked away to Valencia just in time for the local festival of Las Fallas.
I guess I wasn't quite ready for a "normal" life just yet. Or something like that. There's still a few things I'd like to investigate about myself and the world around me. And for now I'm doing that on the other side of the world.
Feel free to live vicariously and/or make contributions.
April 20th 2012
Couple more photos on the way for previous blog entries. The stupid computer doesn't like my camera and won't let me upload them. I'm now one week down of a two week Spanish language course and my brain is very much ready for a rest. My vocabulary has increased a little, but I'm still only about 0.0001% into understanding what and how to use the little words that tie a sentance together. I'm in the suburbs of Málaga, which fortunately means it's only about a 10 minute bus ride to the city. I've seen a little bit of the city centre and will hopefully see some more this afternoon. Apparently this is the birthplace of Picasso. Hopefully I will see some of his artwork when I travel to Madrid later in my trip. I'm not as ... read more
April 17th 2012
So I got to Málaga finally. So far, so good. No major catastrophes. I met my host family who I'll be staying with for the next two weeks and got stuck into my next book, "The Pilgrimage". Another of Paulo Coelho's titles. Well actually I started that a few days ago when I was back in Cádiz. Cádiz was great. I suspected I would like staying there after stopping for the afternoon in the car on my way to Sevilla. In fact I'd got to Cádiz a couple of days earlier than I'd originally planned as Semana Santa in Sevilla just became a little to difficult for me to digest and finding places to stay was always a pain. Plus, I had really wanted to couchsurf my way through Sevilla, but that didn't happen at all ... read more
March 27th 2012
I'm glad to be in Cádiz now. It's quite a beautiful city. Getting access to good internet has been difficult for a while now and the past couple of weeks have been very trying. I gotta say, I don't quite get the whole Semana Santa thing. It's quite a large and important festival across a large part of Andalusia, but it didn't make a great deal of sense to me. The streets in Seville, one of the bigger Semana Santa locations, were packed with people witnessing the processions take place. Every day of Holy week has them throughout the afternoon with the most important ones taking place on Good Friday, beginning at 1am. Essentially, hundreds of penitents head from their chapel to the cathedral wearing robes and masks with pointy hats, carrying big candles and a ... read more
March 20th 2012
These people are crazy! How they haven't burnt their city down yet, I've no idea. Las Fallas is basically a festival all about fire and fireworks. For all the details, check out: http://www.fallasfromvalencia.com/en The festival runs from 15th to 19th March. The Fallas are the basis of the whole festival. They're basically models/floats without wheels constructed into various designs which are burned on the final night. The large one's can be up to five stories high and take around a year to build. Burning the fallas is a tradition attributed to burning certain things that were used during the winter and are no longer required now winter is over. The fallas and the rest of the festival has become more and more elaborate and more and more extreme as the years have gone by. It seemed ... read more