Monday, May 29th, 2017

Adventurous Kate Plays with Fire

If you’re going to Las Fallas, you’ve pretty much signed up to be surrounded by both fire and explosions for five days straight. Know this, and embrace it early on. And it’s not just ordinary fire — those crafty Valencians have figured out several diverse ways to bring more fire into the festival.  Here are […]

Traditional Valencian Costumes and Rituals at Las Fallas

“What I love about festivals in Spain is that they’re all ingrained in religion somehow, and their traditions have been passed down for generations,” our Busabout guide, Dax, told us.  “Well, except for La Tomatina.  That’s just a tomato fight.  But the rest of them, they’re about religion.” Dax is right — and being in […]

Valencia: More Than Just Fire

During Las Fallas, Valencia is a heaving mass of people in costume, bands playing, and firecrackers exploding every minute.  And that’s honestly not an exaggeration at all. Want to see how insane it was?  Check out the view from our balcony at Purple Nest Hostel: Seriously.  Imagine that, nonstop, all day and all night. After […]

Las Fallas: Spain’s Festival of Fire

My biggest reason for visiting Spain?  Attending the Las Fallas festival in Valencia — the festival filled with a week of fireworks, explosions, and giant burning effigies! And it almost ended in disaster.  Read through to the end of this piece to see how I averted one of the most horrifying calamities that I can […]