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A wash-out with a glimmer of sun

Monday, April 25th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2818" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Paso of Cristo Varon de Dolores, seen against Saturday's stormy sky"][/caption] Whether you enjoy it personally or not, it's hard to deny that this year's Semana Santa was a huge disappointment to audience and participators alike. Because of the rain, a record 31 out of the total ...

A mini-feria

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Well, it is September after all, and after the long, extremely hot summer, people come out to play again, at their local ferias. The most famous September ferias here in Andalucia are the Goyescas in Ronda, which happened earlier in the month, and the Vendimia, the grape harvest festivals which ...

Chain mail and sackcloth

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Sitting on straw bales, looking at sackcloth-covered walls, and watching medieval damsels and brave knights-at-arms process down narrow, cobbled streets and dine in castles is not an everyday experience. But medieval fairs are growing in popularity, and Andalucia is made for them, with its Moorish castles, ancient towns and willingness ...

All the fun of the Feria

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Choosing the hottest month of the year to celebrate their liveliest street party, the Malagueños certainly know how to do it. For one week every year Malaga engages in one of the biggest ferias (fairs) of Andalucía. In the day time, parties take place with women decked out in the ...

End of the party?

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

If my posts at the beginning of the year tended to be about the weather (more specifically, the endless rain), lately they are dwelling on the state of the economy, and the government's handling of it, namely the public sector pay cuts. It's unavoidable - sorry. The crisis is affecting ...

Fascinating Feria Facts and Figures

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Those of you who will be heading off to the Seville Feria this week, weather and bus strike allowing - or even tonight for lunes de pescaito and the alumbrao - might be interested to read some facts and figures about this massive spring party. They will keep the conversation ...