As you may or may not know, Barcelona is split up into a variety of “zones” or “barrios” (e.g. neighborhoods) that locals use to refer to different areas of the city. Some of the more “well-knowns” being Barrio Gotico (the old Gothic section of the city where you can easily lose yourself in-between dreary, dark streets), Barceloneta (where tourists flock to catch some rays on … Continue reading Festa Major de Gracia
San Fermín, famously know as the “Running of the Bulls” is a 9 day festival in July, celebrated in the little northern, Basque town of Pamplona. It is considered the “mother” of all Spanish fiestas, where the wild, the out-of-control, the uncouth, and the unashamed come out to play. It is the “thought-I-got-that-type-of-behavior-out-of-my-system-in-college…guess not” type of fiesta. With a modest population of 200,000, Pamplona explodes … Continue reading San Fermín Running of the Bulls 2012
During the month of May, the small Andalucían town of Córdoba hosts “La Festival de Los Patios.” Nazli and I decided to go to the festival during the weekend of May 2-4th, of course the same weekend of a huge, very rare thunder storm that was due to come through Andalucía (just our luck!) The storm blew through Córdoba on Saturday and we were unable … Continue reading Los Patios Cordobeses
Dia de Sant Jordi(the patron Saint of Catalunya since 1456), has been celebrated in Catalunya for many years. Just out of coincidence April 23rd also happens to be Dia Internacional del Libro (International Book Day), as two of history’s most legendary literary geniuses, Shakespeare and Spain’s very own Cervantes, passed away. Today, the center of Barcelona was packed with people as Spain’s two major shopping … Continue reading Dia de Sant Jordi
Looking for a way to get to Valencia on a budget (train tickets were upwards of 75€), Nazli and I opted to go with a group we found on Facebook – 25€ round trip by chartered bus (screaming deal!). Well, we were apparently still in dream-land from Cagliari, and neither of us looked too closely into the details of the trip, just sort of bought … Continue reading La Fallas ¡Que quema!