Springtime in Murcia!

Murcia, Spain

This past weekend I was so happy to go back to Murcia to visit my family there one last time this year. Murcia was having its Spring festivals, which ended with El Entierro de la Sardina (the burial of the sardine – yes, the fish), which included street festivals, parades, and fireworks. On Saturday, after the final parade of the week in which the people in the floats threw toys and everybody was going insane trying to catch stuff in their bags, the whole town gathered around a giant plastic sardine that was set on fire (last couple pictures), warming us up after the chilly evening.

I also went to a concert with my cousins in the Plaza del Toro (bull fighting ring) on Friday and it was so cold outside! I’m normally tough against the cold since Wisconsin is covered in snow half the year, but I was freezing! Nevertheless, the concert was great and although I didn’t understand the words, it was my kind of music so I had a lot of fun 🙂

It was a weekend filled with family and great food and I didn’t want to leave! I hope not too much time passes before I can come back, or they can come visit us in Wisconsin (hint hint :))

Thursday’s parades with Angélica & Tía Nena

Thursday’s parades with Tia Nena & Andréa

Here comes the sardine!

The biggest paella I’d ever seen!

Dressed as a huertana with Maria Jose. Hard to describe what a huertana is, but this is the classic clothes they wore and so during festivals the Murcians dress in this typical attire.
Waiting for the fire…

El entierro de la sardina! The last part of the spring festivals.

Murcia & Cartagena

Murcia, Spain
Cartagena, Spain

Last weekend I took a mini-cation to visit family who live in Murcia, Spain. It was great finally getting to know who I had been Skyping with and had heard about for years and years – my dad grew up with them. I was there for about 5 days and we packed a lot into those days! Watching a bull fight, walking around the city of Murcia, and even a day trip to Cartagena.

My aunt’s collection of bells! Sooo many!

At the bull fight!
Fighting the bull! Poor thing 🙁 The bull, I mean.
Cathedral of Saint Mary in Murcia – can see the tower in the dark behind on the left.

Inside the Cathedral of Saint Mary

Inside the Cathedral of Saint Mary

Later in the week we went to Cartagena, which is an historic port town. We saw the Roman Theater, which was built between 5 and 1 BC, as well as the attached museum, went on a boat ride around the port, toured Cartagena’s city hall, and had more paella and finally some sangria 🙂

Angelica y Tia Nena

Eduardo y Andrea
Fun boat tour around the port!

Castles on either side of the inlet of the Mediterranean Sea.

Neat paintings on the lighthouse – the black lines are paintings of people, or maybe their shadows.

Outside Cartagena City Hall.

Stained glass window on the main ceiling above the staircase in city hall.

A very official-looking meeting room in city hall.

Beautiful grand staircase in city hall.

El Teatro Romano – Roman Theater
All in all I had a great trip and hope that I can go back to visit again before this year is over. I’ve already been here a month but it feels like I just got here yesterday. This upcoming we’re going to Porto, Portugal with other exchange students from around Europe – hope most of them speak English as I’ve been getting a headache every night from speaking Spanish all day!
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