Sleepless in Valencia

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I can't imagine how much money is spend on both fireworks and the huge fallas displays. This is taken from my balcony on the 7th floor (6th floor in Europe).
I can’t imagine how much money is spend on both fireworks and the huge fallas displays. This is taken from my balcony on the 7th floor (6th floor in Europe).

I do really like Valencia, but it may be the noisiest place I’ve ever been to. It started with the Fallas celebration. Fallas means “torch” and it seems to be an excuse for lots of fireworks, explosions and fire. Huge, towering monuments, also called Fallas, are erected in the streets of every neighborhood and plaza. On the last night they are burned. The celebrations go on all night. Every morning, a “wake up” band goes through the streets at 8am.

Clearly, I didn’t come here to sleep.

The Fallas celebration went on well into the night. There were four large fireworks displays in my neighborhood alone on the final Saturday night.The bands and fireworks were still going off at 4am. I wasn't worried because I was sure I could sleep in the next morning, since it was Sunday.
The Fallas celebration went on well into the night. There were four large fireworks displays in my neighborhood alone on the final Saturday night.The bands and fireworks were still going at 4am. I wasn’t worried because I was sure I could sleep in the next morning, since it was Sunday.
This was the small children's presentation in front of my building, as pictured by day. This was the first one in my neighborhood to be burned.
This was the small children’s presentation in front of my building, as pictured by day. This was the first one in my neighborhood to be burned.
At about 10:30p on Saturday, they began burning the first and smallest of the monuments. As you can see, it was in the street directly below my balcony. A minute after this photo was taken they lite the fire. What I didn't know what that the fallas is made of paper, wax and FIREWORKS! Some of them headed straight for my head! I had to duck inside to avoid being blinded.
At about 10:30p on Saturday, they began burning the first and smallest of the fallas monuments. As you can see, it was in the street directly below my balcony. A minute after this photo was taken they lit the fire. What I didn’t know what that the fallas is made of paper, wax and more FIREWORKS! Some of them were headed straight for my head! I had to duck inside to avoid being blinded.
Unfortunately Sunday was the beginning of Samanas santos--Holy week. Each church had a band and processes through the streets LOUDLY, beginning at 8am. Every hour all the church bells would ring. The circular spot in the middle of the street is from one of the burned monuments (falles). This is taken from my balcony.
Unfortunately Sunday was the beginning of Samanas santos–Holy week. Each church had a band and processed through the streets LOUDLY, beginning at 8am. Every hour, all the church bells would ring. The circular spot in the middle of the street is from the same fallas monument above.  This is taken from my balcony.
One of the many bands nosily parading through the streets at the start of Holy week.
One of the many bands nosily parading through the streets at the start of Holy week.

IMG_0887 This is a short clip of one of the many light displays. Sorry it’s sideways.

The metro system here is quite good and makes it possible for me to see most of the city easily. I prefer the underground trains, but trams and buses are also very nice, clean and in good repair. But the "M" symbol of the metro always makes me want chocolate M&M's.
The metro system here is quite good and makes it possible for me to see most of the city easily. I prefer the underground trains, but trams and buses are also very nice, clean and in good repair. But the “M” symbol of the metro always makes me want chocolate M&M’s.

 

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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain and Mexico. I'm exploring the world.

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