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Spanish fútbol: no hay 2 sin 3

Source The lights dimmed over a crowd of several thousand people, all packed in like sardines at Logroño’s sports stadium. It was so hot and I was sweating right though my red soccer jersey with a giant flag of Spain tied around my neck like a royal cape. My friends and I nervously sipped our […]

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A Battle of….Wine?

June 29th, 2012, a day that will live in infamy. A day I will never forget. The day where I fought to the death in La Rioja‘s annual Batalla del vino (Wine Battle). Ok, not really, but still, it was an epic, slightly painful, but overall successful and super fun day! So what does a […]

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Scenes from San Bernabé

Logroño celebrates two big festivals every year, San Mateo in September for the wine harvest, and then the city’s patron Saint, San Bernabé on June 11. The Fiestas de San Bernabé celebrate the defeat of the French in 1521. They invaded Spain and tried to conquer Logroño by laying siege to the city. Of course […]

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Semana Santa in Spain

Semana Santa for Beginners

Me and the Easter bunny Right now Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is in full swing in Spain. Or it would be if it wasn’t raining like crazy. As I am writing this I can hear the crowds of people outside my apartment and the boom boom boom of the processional drums. Easter is celebrated […]

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Reyes Magos in Spain

The last two weeks have been blissfully relaxing, but unfortunately, they are coming to an end. After a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s, I traveled up to Pamplona to visit a friend. When I got back, it was just in time to celebrate my first Reyes Magos in Spain. The Reyes Magos, also known as the […]

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San Mateo Festival

A few days after I arrived in Spain, San Mateo began, Logroño’s biggest festival of the year. What a way to welcome me to La Rioja! San Mateo (Saint Matthew) is actually a huge wine festival (Fiesta de la Vendimia) that coincides with the saint’s feast day. Wine literally flows all over the city-they even […]

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