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Burn, baby burn

Las Fallas is a festival for pyromaniacs. Once you arrive in Valencia, you will be the subject of countless attacks of the loud, fiery variety – however, the assailants’ ages are rarely in the double digits. To tell you the truth, I’ve never cared much for fireworks. Everyone gathers to ooh and aah every New Year’s […]

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The fallas of Las Fallas

I visited Valencia for the first time in 2007. I’ve been back half a dozen or so times since, but that first visit made a massive impression. In 2007, I was introduced to the Spanish fiesta for the first time. I arrived in town for Las Fallas. Back in 2007, I was bright eyed and bushy […]

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Happy birthday, Beatrix!

The first time I heard about Koninginnedag (or Queen’s Day for the rest of us) was my first time in Amsterdam. An Israeli guy befriended me in my hostel, flabbergasted as to why I decided to arrive in the city only a few days after the Dutch national day. Queen’s Day. Pffft, I thought. Back […]

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Retail therapy, German Christmas markets style

I have long been intrigued by German Christmas markets. The very idea of them sounds inviting to an Australian who grew up singing ‘Surfy Surfy Santa’ at her school’s annual Christmas pageant. They embody everything Christmas seems to be on the other side of the world; full of snow, traditional toys and carollers in the […]

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Welkom, welkom, welkom Sinterklaas

I originally put together my top ten lists because I thought I wouldn’t have much to blog about in November, as it was to be my designated detox, get fit and rest month. Well, I’ve definitely detoxed, so good on me there. Have I gotten fit? Well, it’s now winter and the other day I […]

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Ein prosit! Or, how a tour guide survived Oktoberfest

I know, I know. I have been a terrible blogger of late. But I have my reasons. I have been camping. For two weeks. Those who know me would say that I am not a happy camper. Those who know me well, however, would know that I have a long history of being a camper. […]

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Splat! Or, how a tour guide survived La Tomatina

Sixty-six years ago, in the tiny unassuming village of Bunol close to Spain’s Mediterranean coast, a fiesta was taking place. In a country where there is roughly one fiesta for every day of the year, and at a time when the rest of the continent was embroiled in the closing stages of the Second World […]

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Viva Las… Fallas!

It occured to me today that if for some reason I had to spend my entire four-and-a-half month trip solely in Spain, I wouldn’t have much of a problem. I could quite easily spend the rest of the week in Valencia for the rest of Las Fallas, but sadly accomodation is a bit of a […]

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