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Sant Joan

This weekend I went to the Sant Joan festival to celebrate the Spanish solstice.

¡La Gente Está Muy Loca!

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Jun 24, 2012
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 Well, I survived the Sant Joan festival, and if I had to choose one word to describe it, it would be LOCO! 

¡Bienvenidos!

Well, I survived the Sant Joan festival, and if I had to choose one word to describe it, it would be LOCO! I have never in my life seen so many people or fireworks in one place as I did last night. I went with my roommate and a few of the new interns. We got there around 9:45, which is relatively early. We decided not to start directly at Barceloneta because we knew that would be where the craziness would be happening. We ended up at the metro stop, Selva de Mar. The beach near this area was actually quite tranquil when we first arrived. There of course were fireworks going off, but we were able to sit on the beach without worrying. We stopped and got some food and then we were at the beach watching everything from Selva de Mar for about two hours. After the time passed, the beach was getting more full and there were a lot of fireworks going off by us, however none that caused us to be scared. We decided it was time to walk the beach after a few girls set off some fireworks a little too close for comfort. But we were in for a surprise. As we walked closer and closer to Barceloneta, it started to feel like a war zone. There were fireworks going off every which way, and people would throw the little ones right in front of you. I was jumping left and right because the sound of the boom surprised me every time. At one point we were walking and one of the bigger fireworks went right over us and into the crown. Then, a boy put a firework in a tree and myself and the other girls all ran. I'm sure people were looking at us like we were crazy because no one else seemed to be phased by any of it. Although it was very insane, I am really happy I was around to witness this festival. It showed how the people celebrate things here and how they have kept a tradition like this alive. It really was amazing to see. I don’t think I could really explain to anyone exactly how it was, because it is one of those things that you just have to see for yourself, and I was lucky to have had the opportunity. I can still hear fireworks going off today, and for this, la gente está muy loca!

I did not make it to Sitges this weekend because we woke up too late and didn't want to be gone for too long, so I spent some time on the Barceloneta beach during the day yesterday as well. It was already packed from that time until the festival really got going later that night. I have heard great things about Sitges and I plan to go this week during one of the days I have off from school. We have a farewell dinner for the students who are leaving on Tuesday and I will be going to this to hang out with my friends before they leave. 

As you know, we now only have one day of classes and our finals on Tuesday. Today I met up with Emily to study some for our test, and while I was waiting for her in the metro I was people watching. I really enjoy watching the different people that come through the metro. I have known ever since I arrived to Spain that when greeting each other, people give each other two kisses on the cheek. I watched as three women were saying their goodbyes, and each of them hugged and gave two kisses to the other. I really like this about Spain. Generally in the United States, we only give hugs to people when we haven't seen them in a long time and that is it. When people greet and say goodbye the way they do here, it obviously shows much more affection, and I also feel it eliminates any feeling of distance. I was thinking while watching this that I should try it out when I get back home. I'm sure people would react with shock, but I honestly think this is the way we should say hello and goodbye to people in order to show our love and affection. With that, I need to get back to studying. Buenos noches.  

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    June 24, 2012
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