March 24, 2013

Guest Post: "I Survived Fallas 2013!"

This year I sat Fallas out, and joined the Valencian vacation exodus, visiting Sevilla. (More on that in future posts to come.) But I didn't want my readers to miss out on the fun here. So I asked Katlyn, an exchange student from Pennsylvania who's staying in Valencia this spring, to take notes about her "first Fallas experience" and write it up for the blog. Here's her account of surviving the whirlwind ride that was Fallas 2013!
20 March 2013

This morning I woke up to the sound of the birds chirping. The streets were clean, not an empty bottle or beer can in sight. However, yesterday, just ONE day ago, the scene was quite the contrary. During the last few days of Las Fallas, I woke up to the sound of people shouting and throwing petardos (the equivalent to fire crackers) and orchestras parading along with hundreds of falleros. The city of Valencia was overflowing with culture, pride, and excitement. If Google Earth were to have taken pictures this past weekend, they would be able to see the city of Valencia illuminated by the hundreds of thousands of fireworks, fires, and lights. I am sure the noise could have been heard from outer space as well. The amount of people in Valencia doubled, and the amount of trash that accumulated in the streets, who knows? But, I’m telling you, while walking to the Plaza de la Virgen today, there was not one empty San Miguel beer can or petardo shell to prove that just a few days ago the biggest fiesta in the world was taking place in this amazing city.

Although the “official” day of Fallas began over two weeks ago with La Cridà, the real Fallas (the date where you really want to be here) begin on March 15th (La Plantá). On this day, the Fallas (a.k.a. HUGE, colorful monuments made out of Styrofoam, wood, and a lot of talent that virtually do not exist anywhere else in the world) were erected in various locations throughout the city. You can tell which barrios have a lot of money because their falla is massive and typically has more detail. Each falla is surrounded by various ninots, which are smaller structures that typically have some sort of political or pop culture connotation that goes along with them.

This was my personal favorite, located in the Plaza del Pilar
The plaza is so small, and this falla is HUGE. It is not far 

from the main public library and is definitely one worth seeing.    

This is the Falla de Convento Jerusalén, and it was nominated as the Mejor Falla de 2013.    

The falla in the center of the Plaza de Ayuntamiento.
Looks like a bunch of stereotypical tourists that you would find in
Valencia on a daily basis. Obviously, I am the blonde
American chick scarfing down the churros con chocolate.

This is a Falla Infantil because it is smaller and directed towards the younger audience.
It depicts the classic family favorite Mary Poppins, or as some Spaniards say “Marí Poppis”.

The ninot indultat of 2013. This precious gem (from Falla Na Jordana) will go
 along with the other ninots indultats in the Museo Fallero. The window in the background
had some sort of operating system that made the snow fall!

The fallas were my absolute favorite part of the entire event. During the nighttime, and after the music was cut off at 4am, many people could still be found in the streets admiring the fallas. It was absolutely admirable to see these pieces of art and to consider the amount of effort, talent, and time that goes into making them possible. It is really heartbreaking (but somewhat enjoyable!) to see them go up in flames at the end.

Some of the light displays that went up in the streets were also really impressive. In my opinion, the best and the most light displays can be found in Russafa.


Everyone was in awe at this globe of bombillas in Calle de Cuba.

I feel like I am at Disney World!

La mascletà is definitely something for those who love really, really loud noises. La mascletà is more for the sound, not for the big fireworks with a lot of colors (those are called castillos). This firework show takes place everyday during las Fallas at 2pm sharp in the Plaza de Ayuntamiento. Each day, the pirotécnico changes and the most skilled are saved for the last few days of las Fallas. Towards the last few days, you have to be in the Plaza an hour earlier in order to get a closer spot. I am not going to lie, but you have to prepare yourself to be packed in like a sardine and smell everyone’s body odor. I typically went an hour earlier and got a great spot, but only with a lot of pushing, shoving, and telling people “Mi amigo va a vomitar.” The closer you are, the more impressive the show will be. The mascletà can be seen live on TV, but nothing compares to the sensation of feeling the earthquake that is created by these traca (fireworks stringed along a line) that send pulses through your entire body. It is even more exciting to see the crowd get crazy as the noise becomes so intense that the surrounding buildings shake and your eardrums start ringing!



Probably the closest you will ever find me in a scene from Call of Duty.

I am from the United States, and just like most Americans, I love seeing the fireworks on July 4th. NOTHING can compare to the fireworks that I have seen this past week. There are fireworks to be seen every night during las Fallas. Again, if you want a good spot, you have to plan on arriving at your desired location an hour before. I preferred sitting near one of the bridges farther away (el Puente de Aragón) to be able to see the entire show and to avoid the massive surf of people leaving el Puente de Exposición. The environment before the castillos could be compared to a tailgate party. The majority of the young people could be found haciendo botellón, while the future pyros could be found with their parents throwing petardos. The most impressive show happened at 1:30 am during La Nit del Foc (March 18th). To put this spectacular show into perspective, imagine the grand finale of a firework show that lasts for 20 minutes. ¡Increíble!



... Some pics (and a video) of the AWESOME fireworks from La Nit del Foc ...





  video
This is the last two minutes of the show from La Nit del Foc

I really could have used a pair of sunglasses and earplugs towards the end.

If you are interested in seeing una Corrida de Toros, there are many opportunities to see one during the week of Fallas. I was able to go to one, and it was quite the experience. If you want to see the traditional, what-you-had-pictured-in-your-mind corrida de toros, you have to purchase tickets for the corrida, not los recortes. They are two separate events, and almost always the corrida happens at night. Everyone will have his or her own opinions about this subject. However, I feel that there is a need to respect what is and has been a part of the Spanish culture for many years. I think my favorite part of the evening was when a group of young guys blew up an inflatable "doll” and tossed it down to the arena, expecting the matador to throw it back towards the crowd. And he did. 


The verbenas are definitely something that the Spaniards look forward to during Fallas. A verbena is an outdoor concert or DJ where everyone catches up with friends, drinks a couple (or a few more!) beers, and dances the night way. I was able to go to two verbenas, and both have gone into the “Things I don’t tell Grandma” region of the memory. My friends and I were able to find verbenas directed towards younger crowds, but there were many throughout the entire city. At one point, we ended up in a verbena that had a lovely mosh pit and some melodic dubstep. We didn’t stay there for too long. Other than that, the atmosphere was fantastic, and everyone was having a blast. By law, music had to be cut off by 4am, but the crowd doesn’t clear until well after sunrise. I called it a “morning” at around 6:30 am, but my fellow Spaniards kept chugging along and went to see some fallas and got breakfast. 



The aftermath of a great verbena! I always feel so bad for the limpiadores after I see sights like this.

As I mentioned before, parades could be heard (and seen) throughout the entire day. There were three parades that I was able to witness. On March 16th, I saw La Gran Parada Mora. This parade is very small in comparison to the others, but it is totally worth seeing. The costumes are amazing, and from what I saw, it seemed that they were worth a lot of money. In previous years, there were camels that participated in the parade, but this year the only animal was a horse that cantered and behaved very well. If you want to sit in one of the white lawn chairs, you have to pay five euros. But, you can perfectly see the parade from the street. I was lucky enough to be able to sit between two dumpsters! :-) 


Before the night of La Cremà, I recommend going to Calle Colón to see La Cabalgata del Fuego. Women dressed in traditional outfits from different parts of Spain (and Europe) led the procession, flaunting their gorgeous dresses. Then, the fun part came. Men dressed like devils were riding on bicycles that were spewing fire into the crowd. People on stilts were whipping around fireballs. Fireworks were being let off in the middle of the street. It was an awesome sight that pepped everyone up for the “burning events” of the following evening.


Could you imagine what the sidewalks of Valencia would be like if all of the Valenbisis did this?   

Definitely did not expect that!

Perhaps the most emotional part of Fallas is La Ofrenda a la Virgen. Thousands and thousands of bouquets of flowers were carried to the Plaza de la Virgen by the falleros. A week ago, a wooden structure was mounted in the Plaza with the heads of Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus. I had no idea that a week later (and TWO days of parading falleros), it would become a grandiose statue of thousands upon thousands of white, red, and yellow flowers that brought tears to the eyes. The Plaza is still covered in flowers and it is definitely an impressive, moving sight. 


La Virgen all decked out with thousands of beautiful flowers.

The back of her dress. It still amazes me that this can be done with flowers.

La Cremà is considered the closing ceremony of Las Fallas. At midnight, all of the fallas (with the exception of the falla in la Plaza de Ayuntamiento) were engulfed by flames. Before heading out, you have to choose which falla was your favorite, or the one that you think will be worth seeing burn down. We chose to see Na Jordana (aka HUGE Trojan horse). At first, I was expecting a huge explosion and I stood behind a larger man, obviously so that he could be my shrapnel shield. But, it was not like an explosion from an action film. Fireworks (Yes, more fireworks!) set off at once and the falla went up in flames. It was so HOT because it was like a giant bonfire, and the huge crowd of hundreds of people stuffed into a small plaza did not help either. But, I managed to keep my eyebrows! 


Before...

... After

Directly after the burning of Na Jordana, we headed over to the Plaza de Ayuntamiento. We then watched the burning of the falla with the all of those tourists. Just when we thought the fireworks were over and done with, the sky, once again, filled with castillos. I teared up because that signified the end of what came to be the biggest fiesta of my life. Valencia sure does know how to party!


The last hoorah of Fallas 2013   :-(

I hope everyone has enjoyed reading my post. I had an AMAZING time during Fallas, and I feel that I was able to make the most of my experience. Everyone needs to experience las Fallas at least ONCE in his or her lifetime. Here are some pointers for those of you who will be here next year:

    • Forget about public transportation. The buses cut their routes, certain streets are blocked off, and the amount of people is just insane. The fastest way to get from place to place is definitely by walking.
     • You will not look like a tourist if you wear the blue/white tartan pañuelo. The majority of the people wear them, and it is really interesting to see the various ways that people rock them. Plus, they are really cheap, and in some bars, you might be able to get one for FREE with a beer logo on it. Do not pay more than 1 euro for it if you find someone selling them in the streets!
    • Plan to not sleep. You have to try to see as much as you can. You never know if you are going to be back for the Fallas. But, taking naps between 2:30-6 will definitely help you survive through the week. 
    • The majority (if not all) stores close on March 19th (the celebration of San José). If you need to purchase food or beverages from the market, make sure to do it the day before. If not, El Corte Inglés is there to be your saving grace.
    • Keep your mouth open during la mascletà. If not, there is the chance that your eardrums will ache for the remainder of the day!
    • Be sure to eat a lot of buñuelos and 
chocolate con churros! Live it up! Try to see and do everything that you possibly can! #YOLO

Kat, wearing the Fallas pañuelo, in fiesta mode!

Happy to say that I survived Fallas 2013! I cannot wait to do it again in the future!

    —Kat

March 15, 2013

Fallas and Valencia, Before the Storm...

"Senyor pirotècnic, pot començar la mascletà!!!"
—Traditional statement by the fallera mayor to commence the daily mascletà
Awesome way to weave Valencia landmarks into Fallas ninot:
Torres de Serranos, Oceanografic, Miguelete, Agora, Basilica.
Today is la plantà, the official start to Fallas! Today the fireworks really start and the festival really takes off. But in truth, for locals, Fallas has been well under way for a while. Today I'm going to post some of the pre-festivity highlights, in part because they give you a glimpse of things to come... but also because —Confession!— I won't be here for Fallas this year! Yep, that's right. In what is also a time-honoured Valencian tradition, I'm leaving town. Much of Valencia runs away retreats from the chaos of crowds these four plus days, and also takes advantage of the Valencia-unique holiday to do some offseason-priced tourism when others can't.

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE Fallas! But my wife and I have an agreement that we do Fallas every-other-year. That way she doesn't burn out (and maybe so that I don't either). Last year I did Fallas, so this year we're doing... Sevilla! ¡Olé!

Don't worry! A visiting American student at my institute has
agreed to write up and cover Fallas 2013 for me. So stay tuned!

Not planning to do Fallas this year has meant I could focus on the pre-festive events, an not have to save up my energy. Here I give you the highlights from: the Exposición de Ninots, the various mascletàs I've gone to –remember they start on March 1st, and happen everyday, so we've already had 2+ weeks of them–, and the work by fallas artists to put up the giant fallas, which now take weeks days to be assembled out on the streets where they'll be on display.

Lots of fun to be had around Valencia, though this week Valencia is not its normal self.

Before we start, Fallas novices, please review these links for more info and advice on the festival:
My summary page on Fallas and Valencia
My suggested itinerary at The Spain Scoop
• A four-part series I wrote on what to see in Valencia, which starts here...

"Valencia, es la tierra de las flores..." Commence the Fallas festivities!

I also recommend you dine at some of these spots, rather than leave Valencia thinking its cuisine is limited to fried dough:
The typical fallas food to try and must-see fallas
5 restaurants I recommend (The Spain Scoop)
5 restaurants recommended by local blogger Chic Soufflé

Las Provincias, a Valencian newspaper, published this nice map and guide to the
most important fallas throughout Valencia as part of a smart promotional campaign.


L'EXPOSICIÓ DE NINOTS

The Exposició de Ninots ended yesterday and now you will have to go out into the streets and see them in situ! But here I'm posting pictures from the expo, because sometimes it's easier to appreciate the detail of these creations when you're not overwhelmed by the crowds and the competing sensory overload. (Ninots, for those of you who don't know, are small individual statues taken from the larger fallas... What!?! You don't know what a falla is? "Let me splain... no let me sum up": see this glossary that I wrote here for an explanation.) If you've been following me in Instagram or my Facebook page, most of what you see here won't be new. But for the rest of you, it gives a nice glimpse into Fallas 2013. (FYI, for all you "igers"out there, I highly recommend the "Lo-Fi" filter for fallas... something about it really brings out the colors on them.)

________________ NINOTS FROM THE FALLA________________ 

So the big story this year was the politics, in particular the protests from fallas artists angry about how the new tax hike to 21% meant fallas budgets would be squeezed even further. This issue was possibly the reason for why so many (more than usual) ninots had overt political themes...

Lots of hilarious political targets, like this ninot of
Rita Barbera, Valencia mayoress. #recortes #brokenpromises

Spain President Mariano Rajoy back from Mount Sinai with the Commandments.
#ThouShallNotDecieveYourPeople

Whatever your politics, admit it, this ninot by Falla San Juan Bosco - Duque de Mandas is hilarious!
#MarianoRajoy #Rubalcaba #PPSOE

Mariano Rajoy appears in a lot of the Fallas ninots,
but this is one of the more flamboyant versions.

"¡Viva el vino!" Say what you want about the politics in Spain,
but we tolerate it because the wine is so good! #MarianoRajoy

Does this need a caption? #Bankia #ladrones #indignados

Always good political fun at Fallas. Falla Lo Rat Penat spoofs
infamous gaff by Spain's king with this ninot.

Germany and its leader Angela Merkel took a lot of hits this year...

This woman (Merkel) has had much of Europe jumping through hoops the last few years.


Angela Merkel, a.k.a. supreme leader, appears a lot throughout the ninot expo.

This ninot is a nice commentary on the problem in Spain of "fuga de cerebros"
(brain drain) and youth unemployment. #Willkommen

Such tasteful depictions of Germans and women at Fallas.
Not a great year for Spanish-German relations.

No surprise that "el paro" (unemployment) is a theme this year at Fallas,
but this ninot's "Bar Cenas" (i.e. Bárcenas) was witty.

And the award for dullest, safest falla ninot goes to... the Falla Municipal!
La Once, really? Are you trying to tell us you're gambling with our money!?!
Anybody going to make the obvious jokes... #flyingblind #justiceisblind etc.?

Of course, many ninots were not overtly political, but simply playful and suggestive...


I really loved this fallerita holding a naranjo (orange tree) in the ninot of
Falla L'Antiga de Campanar (often overshadowed by its bigger,
richer neighbor). Also a nice homage to "bombers" (firefighters),
oh so important to Fallas!

¡Olé! Yep, flamenco dancers also subjects for Fallas ninots. #typicalEspanish

A lot of Valencians have been identifying with this ninot fallera in recent weeks.
It's been raining a lot these days in Valencia. While I loved the little girl with the broken umbrella,
I'm conflicted about the use of the Native American in this falla.
But I suppose that politically correct is an American preoccupation.

Naturally I found these three posh ladies from the Falla Nou Campanar in the 'Secció especial'.

You have to admire the detail of the Falla Na Jordana ninot.
Note the toy Trojan Horse... they are probably reading the Iliad!

The #ninot from Falla Sueca is petty cool, given it's the UN International Year Of Water Cooperation.
#Antarctic #Fallas #GlobalWarming

I also really liked Falla Cuba Literato Azorín's falla ninot:
"Amor imposible"... "Un elefante se balanceaba..."


My favorite two ninots I save for last...  

The Falla Almirante Cardoso's "lema" (theme) this year is
a look into the future, with lots of great humor.

In the regular falla category, one of my favourite ninots was the Almirante Cardoso,
very creative and thoughtful!

Went to the ninot exposition specifically to see the Paco Roca one.
(I know, I know, I'm obsessed.) Very cool!

The gem of this ninot was that they have Paco Roca
in true form sketching an image of cartoon Paco Roca.


________________ NINOTS FROM THE FALLA INFANTIL________________ 

So for the falla infantil, designed with the casal kids in mind, the key factor in executing themes was cuteness, though many still managed to insert nice social statements into their ninots...

One of the big polemics this year at Fallas are the restrictions on kids
using certain hand fireworks (petardos). I think this falla infantil ninot is
an adorable play on that. #WheretheWildThingsAre
"ATRONA: Associació de Trons No Agressius" Brilliant!
Falla Blanqueries is also fairly witty.

Awesome to see the "iaio flautas" featured in this falla infantil's ninot.


The Valencia Municipal falla infantil ninot is very elegant,
and the historical theme, "La València Daurada" (Valencia's Golden Age), is promising...
but it kind of reminds of Na Jordana's superb falla 
infantil last year.
#TirantLoBlanc

"Falles, Patrimoni del món!" Falleras chickens in this fun ninot.

This guy is either a plumber or the personification of nighttime noises
("soroll" in Valencian). Whichever, I like the style of the
Mercado de Castilla's falla infantil ninot.

Gotta have the Valencian staples at Fallas, like horchata and fartons, in this ninot.

I was personally big on any that featured cats, cats, cats... 

I'm a sucker for the cats. This falla infantil ninot is cute!

Hello kitty! A cute Hello Kitty themed falla infantil.

This is one of the more tasteful ninot images of women.
Let's face it, Fallas is not tops on positive depictions of women.

Anglophones have the Tooth Fairy, Spaniards have the Ratoncito Pérez.
The other night I watched the highly entertaining animation film
"Rise of the Guardians" about classic kids' folk figures
(Santa, Easter Bunny, Sandman, Boogieman),
and was pleased to see a cameo by Pérez!

I really liked this falla infantil ninot on time and the seasons:
primavera, verano, otoño, invierno. Fallas is, after all, about a changing seasons.

I like the ambiguity in this ninot between sewing and acupuncture. #pincushion

This was one of the more eye-catching ninots in the falla infantil section:
candy canes and (a Johnny Depp) Willy Wonka!

I think the Falla Na Jordana falla infantil ninot was one of my favourites
 at the exposition this year. They are always so original in style!

The months of February and March are good ones to carry an umbrella in Valencia.
Though you might get carried away by the wind like this Mary Poppins!

Teatime! Very cute falla infantil ninot from Falla Malvarrosa!

There were a good number of oriental themed ninots, like the falla infantil ninot
from Falla Cuba Literato Azorín. Year of the snake? #cute

Loved the detail on the falleras dresses in the Falla Grabador Esteve falla infantil ninot.

As I noted a week ago, lot of people liked the falla infantil ninot
by the Falla del Regne de València, excellent detail! And sure enough,
this is one of the two ninots indultats.


LA MASCLETÀ:

It's not too hard as a local to slip away from work midday to catch at least one or more mascletàs. It's an opportunity to see the falleras court...



This year I tried something different, and photographed a mascletà. The truth is I always describe them as a sound fireworks show, but the visual effects are a feast for the eyes...

I personally like the challenge of trying to capture these puffs of
black smoke clouds, which for me are a distinctive feature of the mascletà.




There is always the moment towards the end, usually about 30 seconds before it ends,
when the explosions magnify and the Plaza de Ayuntamiento is swallowed by the
cloud of "pólvora", gunpowder smoke. 



Digression: One of my students this year told me that a couple of years ago the European Union said that Valencia's mascletàs were not legal under EU codes on explosives or noise pollution... and Rita Barbera (Valencia's rough-and-tough mayoress) basically said fuck you we don't give a damn! Hah! No kidding! If I had to choose between the threat of EU police invading Valencia or a fallero revolution, I'd take the European Union police any day! Hell hath no fury like a fallero scorned!


... but I also did record a couple of them...

<<I posted an mp3 of an audio recording of the 
Day 7 mascletà here at box.net.  I encourage you to give it a listen.  
It's very different just listening to a mascletà... 
which kind of sounds like a percussion show.>>


<<And on my facebook account, 
you can watch the Day 13 mascetà here>>



<<Also on my facebook account, 
you can watch the Day 15 mascetà here
recorded from a friend's rooftop view from above!>>



LA (PRE-)PLANTÀ OF FALLAS 2013:

One reason locals complain about Fallas is because, more and more every year, "la plantà", the official moment the fallas go up, seems to creep earlier and earlier. This year, many streets were blocked, bus routes rerouted, and parking spots disappeared as early as March 8th, a full week before the usual official start on March 15th!

This pre-plantà presented opportunities and risks. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to see many of the big fallas before the festivities formally began. However, this week in Valencia we've had horribly strong winds, which have blown over many an unfortunate falla, damaging some of them.

For me, the fun was seeing casals and fallas artists hard at work all over town, assembling these mammoth works of art and feats of architecture...

Calle Sueca (in the Russafa neighborhood) in preparation for the
Fallas lights display "iluminación" show... which started March 8th!

And now imagine it all lit up and sparkling.

Interesting to watch all the work and care that goes into final assembly
 of the Fallas, some several stories tall. Complicated architecture!

I can only imagine the stress these guys are dealing with.
(Worse than putting the star on the Xmas tree!)

This girl has really lost her head over La Plantà. (Falla Ribera)

Overall, though, the Municipal falla is not bad.
I like the Torres de Serranos and "La Peineta" bridge.

How the Valencia Ayuntamiento imagines guiris.
Sigh, perhaps we deserve this. #FallaMunicipal #desperatefortourists

All these wrapped fallas around town, feels like Christmas!

Falla del Pilar is also one of the big ones, and I'm particularly impressed
with its theme "lema" of "la fauna Ibérica" (Spanish fauna). 

And what is more representative of Spain's unique fauna than bulls and political bullshit?
Brilliant ninot from Falla del Pilar: Spain's politicos dancing around an angry bull!

One can see artists putting the final touches on fallas, like here at the Falla del Pilar.
Beautiful! Also gives you an idea of the scale!

Fun to see the artists' paint tables next to near-finished fallas. 

Falla Convento Jerusalén, another of the big ones, had the theme this year of Arabia.

I'm really a fan of Falla Almirant Cadarso, always elegant, well-designed #fallas. 

Childhood innocence and wonder, what could be  a better theme for a falla?

A future enfemera and funcionario in Spain?

Pay attention to the Falla Maestro Gozalbo. It is always good! #Pirates

Steve Jobs in the Garden oEden enjoying an apple with Adam and Eve
(at the Falla del Mercado). #Takeabite

Of course, for me the highlight of Fallas this year, and maybe every year, is to see what wonder and innovation Falla Na Jordana will think up and surprise us with. This year it is a massive wooden Trojan Horse. Truly magnificent!

Na Jordana is just so classy! This TrojanHorse is brilliant,
and will probably make for an incredible cremà.
#TroyisBurning
 


... i LES ALTRES COSES

... there's the street food, and above all buñuelos de calabaza!!!

Back from a delicious buñuelos break at Mari Toñi with the family,
because it's Fallas session! #porelbarrio

Valencia smells of buñuelos. Mmm, buñuelos de calabaza... #hungry Fallas #snackfood

This street, not far from the Estación del Norte, which leads up to the
Falla Convento Jerusalén, will be packed with people during Fallas.
So it was a relief to me to wander it beforehand while it was still empty.

La ofrenda to the Virgin Mary in the Plaza de la Virgen...


"La Virgen desnuda" at the Plaza de la Virgen in Valencia.
She'll get her gown of flowers soon. #LaOfrenda

And plenty of bullfights, which I here are top quality, though I've never been to one myself...

Oh yeah. And then there's this whole thing happening during Fallas, bullfights (toros). #notmything

This taxidermy bull display outside Valencia's Plaza de Toros was a little morbid
for my tastes, but clearly popular with the tourists. ¡Olé!

And that's all for now. If you're in Valencia, don't spend your weekend at home staring at the computer reading about Fallas. Go out and experience it, even if only a little bit. And for the rest of you, I hope you enjoyed this small taste of Valencia's magnificent cultural treasure.

This in no way resembles me whatsoever, not at all. #computeraddiction

Oh, and while you're wandering Valencia's streets, don't forget to check out its other amazing art ephemera street graffiti art and its beautiful Río Turia Park and Bioparc!

The city of Valencia is a canvas of incredible street art. Keep an eye out for it!


Hehehe... When you're out and about, beware of this guy. Falleros with petardos.

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