Since our blogpost on Barcelona, we have spent a little more time in Spain. We had a great time in Valencia, Granada (above) and Malaga, followed by Seville and Madrid.
Being Spain, it was no coincidence that we happened to be there during a couple of festivals: an amazing Easter Festival (above) in Granada and then the annual festival in Seville .(below) Fun times!
Here then are a few snippets about Spain:
* Some of the hanging hams look as old as the buildings.
* The Spanish know how to party!
* After the lunch-time alcohol, many Spanish NEED their siesta.
* You wouldn’t want to be a bull in Spain.
* The wine and beer are ridiculously cheap: a 6-pack costs less than a bottle in some other countries.
* At the Seville Festival, horse-shit and cobble-stones don’t mix.
* The ladies of Seville look stylish in their Flamenco dresses.
* The Spanish sound like they lisp when they talk. And I always thought Nadal had a speech impediment.-Barthelona!
* There are definite signs that Spain was once the greatest nation on Earth.
* Christopher Columbus was lost when he discovered America. Now America is lost. Ironic.
*Lovely weather and beaches!
* Gaudi, with all his talent, did not deserve to die a pauper.
* Picasso was prolific and talented.
* Barcelona Football Club fills its 94 000 stadium for matches, but is broke and wants to build a bigger and better one.
* Gaudi was sometimes gaudy with his creations.
*Lovely castles – especially Malaga’s!
* Sagreda Familia, Gaudi’s iconic cathedral, one century on, is still ahead of its time and still unfinished.
* Sangria looks like punch and packs a punch.
* Tapas, ah tapas! Yum!
* Valencia is famous for its oranges and deserves to be.
* Leo Messi, Barcelona FC, is a great soccer player, but Neymar Junior, same team, may be even better.
* At Easter, many Catholic celebrants parade in Ku Klux Klan outfits, which can be unsettling for many Americans.
* The Spanish festivals all seem to go for a week.
* If you are going to celebrate for a week, and party all night, you need to pace yourself.
* To see the fair in Seville, you would never suspect that the economy was in trouble.