San Lucas 2010, La Feria de la Crisis

12 Oct

The feria has finally arrived to Jaén! Bringing with it about 10 days of festivities, food, music, dancing and so much more.

The best way I can think to translate all that encompasses the feria is “state fair”. Only the feria is much different than any other state fair that I’ve been to.

During the day, the fair is full of families, food and attractions. Women and girls get decked out in the traditional flamenco dresses with massive flowers in their hair. They parade around the various casetas (tents) while dancing to sevillano music.

Then as the sun sets, the feria becomes illuminated with the bright lights of the attractions, games and food stands. Music pours from every caseta and it becomes a total locura.

The younger crowd (anywhere from 18 to 30) gathers in the streets for the botellon, which is just one giant pregame. Not even the pouring down rain on Saturday could stop the botellon. We could hear the massive crowd blocks before we actually reached the the spot for Saturday night’s botellon. Bringing our own bottles, cups, and ice, we stood around shoulder-to-shoulder drinking and chatting for hours. Finally, around 3:30 am, we decided to decend upon the feria. The bright, lively casetas were transformed into packed night clubs, blasting typical club music, followed by classic sevillano tunes and spanish music from the 80s. I even heard Mambo number 5… twice.

After more dancing and drinking for hours, we finally walked back home at around 7 am. Just as the sky began to light up, I turned in. But miraculously, all the dirt, broken bottles and garbage that accumulates during the night is cleaned up by the next morning. And as we went to the feria at 3 pm on Sunday, all looked fresh, clean and ready for another night of craziness.

Luckily, the feria happens to coincide with Columbus Day (today) so there is no school. Most schools in the area also choose to take off Monday as well in order to make it a 4-day weekend. So since Friday night, I’ve probably spent majority of my waking hours at the feria. As much as I’ve been enjoying myself, I’m a little excited to get a break tomorrow and go to school.

But that’s all for now. Time to head back out to the feria once more!

My Lesson of the Day: The internet in the park is not so hot. Going to try to add move pictures to the blog soon!

 

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4 Responses to “San Lucas 2010, La Feria de la Crisis”

  1. the Lonnemans October 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    Emily,
    To be so young and enjoying the culture and people around you! Sounds like you are able to keep much later hours than your aunt.
    By now, you must have heard of the REDS sad post season… no doubt Will is still thinking about it. I can almost sense it across the river.

    Hope you are finding your school days satisfying. Did Aaron mention that you are doing IT support as well. You are so capable. We miss you and think of you all the time.
    Love you,
    Aunt Ellen

  2. Debbie October 15, 2010 at 4:32 am #

    Sounds like a great time, party girl! Is that paella? Missing you, but enjoying all that you write! Aunt Debbie

  3. mom October 22, 2010 at 3:16 am #

    A little more blogging might be nice! Surely you have done something since the 12th!

    • Aunt Debbie October 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

      Ha! I was just thinking your Blog is not a priority right now – you must be soooo busy!

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