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Welcome the Fallera Mayor of 2010!

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More pictures of the Fallera Mayor 2010 here!

We’re more than a few days late on this news, but no bother — we’ll have a whole year to get to know María Pilar Giménez and Ariadna Galán: the new Fallera Mayor and Fallera Mayor Infantil of Valencia.


Source: fallasvalencia.es

First thought: Ariadna has a name that is just begging to be misspelled.

María Pilar represents the Fallera commission of Santa Cruz, and is a 21 year-old student of Negotiation and Public Administration. And, of course, is a hottie. Congratulations to both girls! Get ready for a lot of appearances on this blog.

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October 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm Comment (1)

Cold Arrives. We Leave.

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This morning, I hauled out my jacket out of the closet for the first time this year. A sad annual milestone. Still, it’s mid-October, so I shouldn’t be complaining.

It feels like the cold spell which set in yesterday marks the end of summer. As good a time as any to get the hell out of dodge!

We’re going to be in the USA for the next couple weeks, visiting friends and family. We’ll still be blogging, but only in between trips to Taco Bell and Chili’s. I expect we’ll come back to Valencia a good 15 pounds heavier.

October 16, 2009 at 10:11 am Comments (3)

The Sad, Shameful Fate of the Teatro Princesa

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Habitual readers of the blog will remember the burning and subsequent destruction of the Teatro Princesa in the middle of the city. It was big news for us, because the theater was adjacent to our apartment building.

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Now, more than 6 months after the fire, we know what will be done with the theater’s lot. The theater won’t be reconstructed, nor will there be a park, as the foolishly optimistic residents of the neighborhood had hoped. Nope. Instead, the lot is being converted into a parking lot for trucks. Trucks for the Mercado Central. Loud, stinky trucks that will arrive bright and early every single morning.

First off, I would just like to say… THANK GOD WE MOVED.

How well does this work out for the property owners? They left their theater in disrepair for 25 years, refusing multiple offers to sell it to the city. They let it rot and be occupied by vagrants. Then, surprise, one day it burns to the ground. Months later, once the initial outrage has died down, they sell it as a truck parking lot. Charming. It’s straight out of the Asshole Playbook.

I’m a little angry about it, so pardon my tone, but the owners should not be allowed to profit in any way. By allowing the theater to rot and be occupied, and refusing to sell it to a more responsible custodian, they put the lives of a lot of people in danger, ours included. And now they turn it into a truck parking lot and probably make a tidy profit. Sickening.

Unfortunately, that’s often the way the world works. Too bad for the honest residents of Calle Murillo and Calle Moro Zeit.

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October 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm Comments (0)

Pics & Reaction from Day of the Valencian Community

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This past Friday, Valencia celebrated one of its most important holidays — Nou d’Octubre, the Day of the Valencian Community. We drank plenty of coffee in the morning and put on comfortable sneakers… it was going to be a long, eventful day.

Things started at noon, with the lowering of the senyera (Valencia’s flag) in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The civil procession which followed was a little subdued, mostly notable for the appearance of the beleaguered Francisco Camps. Honestly, while the procession was going on, I saw a breaking news alert that Camps was set to announce the firing of Ricardo Costa, his second in command. I can only imagine what was going on in “Paco’s” head, while he was smiling and waving at the crowd.

After the procession and the 2pm mascletà, we took a lunch break at 100 Montaditos, then went to the Plaza de la Virgen for an hour of folk dancing. One of the dancers looked wasted, and we had a lot of fun watching his partner grow increasingly agitated.

Immediately after the dancing ended, the entrance of Moors and Christians began. Besides one ridiculously enthusiastic participant in devil makeup, this parade left us unimpressed. Maybe Moors & Christians has been ruined, after our experience in Alcoy — nothing will ever compare to that!

We took a pass on the 2nd of the day’s mascletàs and went home to crash. How did you all experience the Nou d’Octubre?

Pictures of the events:

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October 14, 2009 at 8:10 am Comments (3)

9 d’Octubre Mascletà

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It has been awhile since our last Mascletà. And this one was worth the wait! Fallas 2010… already looking forward to it.

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October 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm Comment (1)

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