Popes and Lightning bolts, Pancakes, Buried Sardines, Footballs, Hearts, Martyrs, Meteors, Babel-like towers and Fire on the Streets of the City


The Burial of the Sardine by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes


February 2013

Interesting series of events this past week: Carnaval; the Pope’s resignation; a bolt of lightning striking the Vatican within a few hours of the Pontiff’s announcement; the celebration of Santa Eulalia (Barcelona’s other patron saint); Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday); Ash Wednesday — the beginning of Lent (la Queresma), the burying of sardines and Real Madrid vs. Man. Utd.; Valentine’s Day on Thursday; the meteor strike near Cheylabinsk, in the Russian Urals on Friday; FC Granada vs. Barça on Saturday; and on Sunday: human tower building (castellers) and the first correfoc (fire-run) events of the year.

What a week — what a week to be alive.

Spring is on the way.

Disfrutalo! Enjoy it!

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