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Let me tell ya, when you go to sleep at 6am, 11am comes freakinā quick! Damn those checkout times! However, I woke on the day of the Crema at about that time...and grudgingly made my way to the shower. I decided to walk around the city and see what I could see. It was a beautiful sunny day and I decided to take a long walk. I parked near the Aquarium and walked the length of the park that they made in a dried up riverbed along the north of the city. I later realized that was about five miles! I had a list of Fallas to see that I hadnāt seen the day before and I ended up walking all over the city and ultimately around the circumference of the city core. Looking at a map later, I believe I put about twelve miles on Walks Too Fastās shoes.
During the afternoon, I found a place to eat and was disrupted by a herd of African kids running through the streets at top speed. They had huge knapsacks over their shoulders and I quickly realized they must have looted a store. They were gone in an instant, but less than thirty seconds later, they came flying back through, knocking over some tables (thankfully not mine) and encountering police. Downtown
At this point I figured it would be a good time to check into my new hotel and let my feet rest a bit. I did that and since I had told Elena I would call her and see about getting together for the Crema, I did. Today was Elenaās fatherās birthday and they were having a party for him, so I was kind of expecting not to see her again today. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I checked with her in the afternoon and found that she wanted to show me the Crema. I met her at the train station as it was approaching dusk and we found one of the small fallas that are burned first.
Elena recommended that we go see the #1 falla burn, basically the falla that won the most awards and was considered the victor of the falla competitions. We took the subway to the appropriate place and found a huge throng of people gathering.
Finally they lit the fire however and it was impressive and woke me right back up. In my pictures itās hard to see, but the huge black smoke cloud swirled up easily 500 feet and was filled with bright cinders flying into the sky.
I was seriously hoping for a coffee before I had to drive to my hotel. Elena thought that sounded good, but as we looked around it was clear that after a week of festival, the shop keepers werenāt sticking around for 2am coffee drinking.