Yeah I sound like a total moron saying an expression like that but... it is true! All their flamboyant, colourful, bizarre festivals that they have and they relentless enthusiasm and warmth just says it all. They always seem happy and ready to have a laugh. Where British people might come over all self-conscious and reserved in certain situations and occasions, the Spanish (or should I say Catalan people?!) don't even hesitate to sing and dance and give their all. Like in this little video here below. Check out their great gusto!
The next few days are Carnival here in Catalonia. Tonight is the big party down in Sitges which is world famous but as I said to my Spanish friends 'Estoy llena' - I'm full. It will have to wait until next year. Too much Carnival from yesterday and there is still more to come with a big spectacle on the main Rambla on Tuesday.
Tonight was a low key one - I made pancakes to celebrate an early Shrove Tuesday as we will be working then and watching the show in the evening. Friends came round, cards were played and now I am in bed just taking it easy.
I'm feeling a bit pensive and something/some one in my life keeps shifting and I keep having to reassess my outlook and ask myself some thoughtful questions, when all I want to do is not really think about it too much. I'm worried I'm going to fool myself or let myself down in some way so I feel a little guarded perhaps and watchful.
But anyway, such thoughts and emotions come and go so freely, this I know for sure. Each week brings a new colour -like a spinning disco light wheel. If you want bright and bold and in your face, Spain is certainly the place to come. So here are some photos from the Carnival so far to share with you. Enjoy! xxx
Day time events above with a delightful go-cart race (Baixada del Pajaritu) for all the family and below the main Carnival parade in Tarragona (La Rua de l'Artesania) ...