My Escort

SONY DSCI went to the grocery store a few weeks ago to pick up a few things (in fact these days I go to the grocery store more often than I’ve ever done in my life, but that’s a different post). This particular store is the bottom floor of an apartment building, with entrances in two parallel streets. When I got to the store,[More….]

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No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

angelsThough I have shared a variety of newcomer’s impressions about different aspects of Las Fallas, there is a great deal more that could be said, and many experienced people that have put energy into saying it. If you’re as thrilled to be done with Las Fallas as if you’d been kept awake many nights by the sound of explosions, relief is here. But if you’re interested in learning more, I have some recommendations.[More….]

Before

mascleta setupWe’ve spent a lot of the last week in the “during” phase of fireworks and explosions. The “after” evidence is all over the ground, both in scorch marks and great quantities of burned paper bits and melted plastic. I’ve also learned to spot the “immediately before” signs–huddles of young men in the courtyard, children squatting on the sidewalk holding what looks like a flexible foam rope lit on one end[More….]

Despertá

Boy explosionIf you’ve got about 40 seconds, here’s what I want you to do: first, make sure you’re in a context where making some noise isn’t going to be awkward (this is not a post to experience during a meeting, or when you’re trying to sneak up on someone). Next, get comfortable, close your eyes, and imagine that you’re asleep. Now press play.[More…]