Today Richter is preparing his scale in Valencia. Las Fallas are here and explosiones, fuegos artificiales y pólvora, sobre todo olor a pólvora (explosions, Fireworks and gunpowder, especially, gunpowder smell) will invade Valencia’s air and land.
Our studens on www.spanishviaskype.com can learn all they need here in order to survive in Valencia. From today to next Sunday, when this extraordinary event will be closed after the astonishing cremà, we’ll live one of the most well-kown festivities in Spain. If you want to know more about the capital of fire, keep reading.
Cremà, (burning), mascletà (throw of large firecrackers) or plantà (showing) are Valencian words you will hear in your trip to Las Fallas (you will find a quick guide here).
However, Valencia is not only fire and gunpowder. It’s a land of sunlight, beautiful beaches and good cuisine. We’re sure you’ve heard about paella. It’s Valencian rice dish along with verduras (vegetables), mariscos (seafood) or even carne (meat). Not only eating rice is typical here; you should visit the places where it’s grown, La Albufera: one of the natural wonders in Spain.
La naranja valenciana (Valencian oranges) is considered one of the best in the world. But don’t worry if you don’t like orange juice, you can always taste a cold horchata (Valencian beverage made of almonds, sesame sedes, rice, Barley and tigernuts).
Are you an urbanite, instead? No problem, you will be able to walk next to Calatrava’s buildings and bridges. La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) is the pearl of Valencia, you can’t miss it.
The variety of Spanish language in Valencia is also curious. You will listen nano, tete, teta y che when they try to attract your attention, ¡au!, when they say “bye”, or collons, if they express surprise, anger, envy, boredom or even happiness. Of course, our language is very influenced there by Catalan and Valencian dialects.
In conclusion, now it’s your choice to visit Valencia. In Fallas you will find good people and a radiant city (literally, when they burn whatever they find during these days). ¡Che! If you want to learn Spanish via Skype, ¡collons! don’t hesitate and try a free trial lesson here. ¡Au!
Image: Mascletà-Senyera by MrCarlos 11 at Wikipedia.