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City on Fire – Valencia’s Cremà

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Last night, more than 750 monuments were burned during La Cremà — the fiery, official end to the Fallas celebrations.

Convento Jerusalén’s Monument in Flames

We went to see the monument of Convento Jerusalén be burned to the ground. It was amazing. Thousands of people crowded into the streets and on every balcony, to watch a huge fireball raze this beautiful sculpture into nothingness.

Within minutes the flame had consumed everything recognizable, leaving only a tall, burning framework, which soon collapsed. The air was covered with thick, black smoke and the firefighters were constantly at work containing the blaze. It was all over so quickly.

On the walk home, we noticed that the mood of the city had changed. The last 19 days had been like great sex, and Valencia was exhausted after its fiery climax. Now that it was over, everything seemed unreal — the day-long parades, the mascletàs, the constant firecrackers, the ninots. Had I really, just two days ago, drank vodka from a two-liter and yelled “Guapa” at falleras? Yes, I had. But, as with sex, behavior that’s shameful afterwards was awesome during the heat of the moment.

Probably better not to dwell on the details of what just happened, and instead relax & enjoy the post-coital glow. Thanks, Valencia, for a wild time… pass me a cigarette.

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March 20, 2008 at 8:59 pm
  • March 21, 2008 at 11:25 amPablo Pappy

    Your U.S.-based Parental Advisors are (again) shocked, dismayed and shamed by your carnal slant in describing a religious celebration. Have you no decency or iota of respect? Your readership will no doubt be quite disgusted. Clearly, you should have stayed in peaceful, Guiness-soaked Ireland! An intervention is being planned to save your wandering soul! Pleading-for-Redemption, LovingPappies

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