Tag Archives: Spain

INSPIRE ME! SPAIN

Spain is still on my list of destination that I want to visit. But not just visit rather to explore every part of it. My favorite spanish destinations are Madrid, Barcelona and Andalusia. If you have time, enjoy this movie about beautiful Spain.

Copyright: Turespana

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LA TOMATINA FESTIVAL, Spain

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain.

This year more than 40,000 people came from all over the world to a small village Bunol in Valencia (even from Japan and Australia) and spent about 100 tons of fresh tomatoes. La Tomatina is the ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’. It is a week-long festival that features music, parades, dancing, and fireworks.

The tomato fight has been a strong tradition in Bunol since 1944 or 1945. No one is completely certain how this event originated although there are a couple of stories. No matter what happened it seems it was so joyful that it was repeated the year after year. The only time the holiday was banned it was during the Francisco Franco but it returned in 1970s.

Around 10:00 am on that Wednesday in August event begin but technically not untill someone climbs up a greased pole at Plaza del Pueblo to knock a ham off the top. Once the ham hits the floor, it sets off a chain reaction and the festival can begin. The trucks filled with tomatoes from Extremadura enter the city square and the red tomato party begins! After exactly one hour, the fighting ends when the water cannons are fired once more to signal the end.

The festival is in honor of the town’s patron saints, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary.

If you are planing to go to La Tomatina be aware of some rules and advises:

  • Do not bring bottles or hard objects (they can cause accidents and hurt other participants)
  • Do not rip other people’s T-shirts
  • You must squash the tomatoes before throwing them
  • Ensure you keep a safe distance from the trucks
  • As soon as you hear the second shot, you must stop throwing tomatoes

Advice is: to wear clothes and shoes that you wan`t mind throwing away afterwards, goggles can be useful and take waterproof camera if you want to take pictures.

Since I have heard about this festival I have a plan to visit this event. This is doubtless one of those things you have to try once in life time. It is on my travel list!

Photo: La Tomatina 2012

TOP 10 WORLD WONDERS (I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT)

Life is too short just to think about the most beautiful places and destinations you would like to visit. To travel is like to breathe, to eat, to drink… it is not a habit it is a natural thing for humans.

Well, I feel pretty much like a human, besides I look like one! Ok, I love to travel, but I was thinking about my top 10 places that I would like to see before I die, or if you gave me a limited time on Earth, this would be my choice. I reserve the right to change my mind if I discover something better!

TOP 10 WORLD WONDERS BY POSVUDUSHA

1. PETRA, Jordan – If you haven`t heard about this magnificent red (and forgotten) city in Jordan then you should check my travel blog about Jordan to just see the pictures if you can`t translate the text (I hope it will also be in English one day!). I have already been there, but would like to go again.

Photo credit: Sandra Bortek

2. VICTORIA FALLS, Zambia-Zimbabwe – This one of my favorite natural wonders that I would like to experience. It is believed that the first European to view the Falls was David Livingstone who gave the falls the name Victoria. Indigenous name of the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya — literally meaning the Cloud that Thunders. The falls form the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Look at the picture, isn`t this wonderful?

Photo credit: i-pinz/ flickr

3. MACHU PICCHU, Peru – This is the famous South America’s archeological site. It is a City of Inca, situated in the mountains of Cusco region 2,430 m above the sea level. Although I want to see the city, I look forward to go for 3-4 day trekking and waking up just over the City.

Photo credit: mckaysavage/ flickr

4. MT KILIMANJARO, Tanzania – Well, to someone this would be a regular hike, but seeing the Kilimanjaro from the distance with his white cap on (snow in Africa!) it looks so appealing to me. I can see myself on the top of Africa. Scientists say that the snow cap is getting smaller due to the global warming, it seems that I should hurry with my plans.

Photo credit: Gary Craig/ flickr

5. GREAT WALL OF CHINA, China – This is incredible human work built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China. Seeing pictures, it must be great to walk the wall, to imagine the people who build it and the strength of the (past, present and future) Chinese Empire.

Photo credit: Pedronet/ flickr

6. GALAPAGOS ISLAND, Ecuador – these 13 islands make a living laboratory of evolution and a place where the animals have no fear of man. I can imagine how Charles Darwin was surprised seeing unique species.

Photo credit: David Cook Wildlife Photography

7. GRAND CANYON, USA – This is my number one thing that I would like to see in USA. There are couple more things but G.C., a gorge of Colorado River, makes me wanna scream: I wanna see that!

Photo credit: Pedronet/ flickr

8. NAMIBIAN DESERT – It is something that I find appealing in the desert sand and enjoying a view from the dunes, I know only from pictures how the biggest dune looks like, a how magical Namibian desert is. Hot for sure!

Photo credit: Dietmar Temps, Cologne/ flickr

9. MT EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal – I don`t feel like climbing Himalaya`s top, although I would like to see Mt Everest, my wish is to go trekking just to the base camp (just 5,380 m!). I`ll better start training if I want to climb that high!

Photo credit: Tom2008Tom/ flickr

10. RONDA, ANDALUSIA, Spain – I was making itinerary for trip to Andalusia (still waiting to go) when I found this beautiful town situated in the mountainous area. The Guadalevín River runs through the city, dividing it in two and carving out the steep, 100 plus meters deep El Tajo canyon upon which the city perches. Ronda has a great bullfighting tradition and it`s known as a home of a bullfighting (first bullring was built in Ronda in the late 18th century).

Photo credit: Jesse Varner/ flickr