I Am in Valencia

I came for Las Fallas.

Las Fallas is a salute to the Spring, a celebration of creativity, destruction and rebirth. It is a festival of burning art, ear-splitting noise and the prettiest sky-castles you ever did see. It is also an excuse for insanely rich people to parade around the city like they own the place…

…which of course, yes – yes, they do. But on the other hand, according to quite a few people who live here, Las Fallas is nothing less than complete anarchy.

Well, whatever it is, it’s over.

It ended on Saturday night with the Burning of the Art, but because of a hopefully temporary cash-flow problem, I’m staying on a couple of days till I can afford a ticket back to the UK.

I’m returning to England to regroup. Is that the word? To write up everything I’ve done and seen so far and to try my damnedest to make this whole cockamamie project seem like something people might want to invest in. I want to be in Thailand for Songkran (the water festival) by the middle of April. Ideally somewhere else before then. But we’ll see. Oh, and I’m thinking of hitching to Thailand. Is that practical?

If the worst comes to the worst, however, and I’m unable to make this pay, I think I might move here to Valencia for a while. I love it here. It has orange trees. And it has freaky marble frescoes…

…and excellent graffiti…

…and even better clothing slogans…

Oh, and heart-breakingly beautiful civil protection women…

I’m glad I’m stuck here too, because I want to see what it’s like when everything is back to normal, when all of the festival-people have gone back home and the Valencians have gone back to work. Yes. I think I might go to the beach. Hmmm, yes, I do believe I shall. And if I’m feeling particularly fearless, I may strip to my feathers and gallop into the sea like a mad dog.

We shall see. The future is bright either way though, isn’t it? Of course it is….

 

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