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Spain: The Best Country in the World

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What a glorious finale to an incredible month of soccer. Last night, all of Spain collapsed in an ecstatic fit when Andrés Iniesta slammed home his winning goal in extra time. Spain is the best country in the world. I mean that. The best country in the world.

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It’s as though the tournament had been scripted! The Spaniards weren’t just the World Cup’s best team, but the classiest. Fair play and a beautiful passing game have come to define La Roja. They’re also the bestlooking team in the world. Hands down. And in the Netherlands, they had an almost comically villainous opponent — the dirty-playing, karate-kicking, flopping, petulant Dutch.

They were the good guys. Spain deserved to win. And then, they did! THEY WON! When the tension couldn’t possibly have gotten any more unbearable, Andrés Iniesta freed his country from a legacy of defeat. Spain is the best country in the world.

Check out our awesome video of the celebration at Café Burlón in Valencia, and afterwards at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Congratulations Spain! You richly deserve this victory. And, although I’m not a native, I hope you don’t mind me singing along… ¡Yo soy español, español, español!

¡Yo soy español, español, español!

Valencia Spain Weltmeister

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July 12, 2010 at 11:09 am Comments (5)

Fallas 2010: Mascletà March 13th

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Filmed with the Sanyo VPC – CS 1 (super tiny) available here: USA, UK, Deutschland and Spain

A huge crowd was on hand for today’s mascletà, set off by the company Crespo. The sun was shining and people seemed to really appreciate the show. But Valencia’s mayor enjoyed it best of all! Her jumping had more energy today, perhaps because the pyrotechnician was young and muy guapo. Rita, you little cougar, you!

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March 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm Comment (1)

Fallas 2010: Mascletà March 11th

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Filmed with the Sanyo VPC – CS 1 (super tiny) available here: USA, UK, Deutschland and Spain

For the 2nd day in a row, no Rita? We’re not huge fans of all her politics, but during Fallas, you have to love Valencia’s mayor. She missed a great mascletà today.  Tons of falleras were in the crowd, to see a display that was classic in every sense, with fireworks that never let up and built steadily to a great finale. ¡Qué bote HolaValencia!

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March 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm Comment (1)

Fallas 2010: The Lights of Ruzafa

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This year, the competition for the Best Lights Display award has heated up! Two other commissions, Cuba-Literato Azorín and Cuba-Puerto Rico are challenging the perennial victors Sueca-Literato Azorín. “Enough of the dominance”, the upstart commissions cry! “This year, you won’t have it so easy!”

But… yes, they will. Sueca is going to win again this year, easily. Good show Cuba-LA & Cuba-PR but, you don’t have a prayer. Sueca continues to occupy a stratosphere all its own — no other lights display in Valencia comes close to matching its brilliance.

We definitely appreciate the effort, though, and Cuba-LA’s lights are beautiful — a deep blue illuminating the street. The intensified competition makes a visit to the coolest, and most Fallas-crazy neighborhood in Valencia even more enticing.

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March 9, 2010 at 11:53 am Comments (2)

Fallas 2010: Mascletà March 8th

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Filmed with the Sanyo VPC – CS 1 (super tiny) available here: USA, UK, Deutschland and Spain

Today, the world is celebrating the Day of the Woman, and this afternoon’s mascletà kept with the theme — pyrotechnic company Martí (Burriana) is led by a woman. And… are there any sexists left out there, who think a woman can’t put on an incredible fireworks show? Because today’s was one of the best we’ve seen — an incredible, everlasting finale had the crowd going nuts.

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