WISW: Correfocs in Barcelona
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WISW: Correfocs in Barcelona

Today is the last day of Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia! To celebrate, here’s a picture of one of the highlights of the festival – the correfocs (literally “fire runs”).  The name pretty much tells you all you need to know; a correfoc involves both running and fire. Teams dress up in demon costumes and march … Continue reading

Where in Spain Wednesday – Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia
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Where in Spain Wednesday – Barcelona’s Festa Major de Gràcia

We’ve officially hit mid-August (how scary is that??), so that means one of my favorite Barcelona events is here – the Festa Major de Gràcia!  The Festa Major is a huge street party that takes place during the third week of August every year in the Gràcia district (my new neighborhood!). And it’s not just … Continue reading

Las Fallas: The Loudest Party I’ve Ever Been To
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Las Fallas: The Loudest Party I’ve Ever Been To

“Diez minutos.”  More people than will physically fit in the streets are trying to jam their way into the packed crowd. Like it or not, you can feel everybody’s breath around you on your shoulders, hair. The combination of the midday sun and the sheer amount of people is creating a suffocating heat. A helicopter is thudding above … Continue reading

Where in Spain Wednesday: Sitges’ Wild Carnaval Celebrations
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Where in Spain Wednesday: Sitges’ Wild Carnaval Celebrations

Today is the last day of Carnaval, so instead of a proper place photo, I’ve got a snap from my partying in Sitges! Sitges is a little beach town south of Barcelona, and it’s famous for its huge, flamboyant, and wild gay community. Combine that with an occasion to break out feathers, glitter, and masks, … Continue reading

Barcelona’s Best Summer Party – Festa Major de Gràcia
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Barcelona’s Best Summer Party – Festa Major de Gràcia

This past week, Barcelona held one of my very favorite events in the city – the Festa Major de Gràcia! For one week in August, the neighborhood of Gràcia gets turned into a 24-hour party-happy fantasyland.  Around the clock, there are concerts, neighborhood meals, contests, games, and performances. The whole neighborhood pulls together to put … Continue reading