another parade!

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the cathdral from afar...

coming in by bus into the outskirts of granada was a little jarring - it reminded me much more of home than i expected -- big warehouse type buildings, car dealerships, traffic (!), outlet stores, and a brico depot (it looked like their version of home depot basically).  coming from sevilla it was definitely different, and even from madrid it was quite a change.  there was some wall grafitti coming in that read ´he who has more toys, still dies´which made me laugh because whoever wrote it makes an excellent point!  thankfully most of that gave away as we came towards the city center to the more charming town like atmosphere that i expected.  in fact i ended up getting lost in the maze of tiny alleyways/streets for a few hours before finally finding the supermarket!

you know one of the things i love about europe is that you can find a beautfiul cathedral to visit in almost any city anywhere, and granada is no exception.

and up close
  i took way too many pictures yet again of another awesome cathedral.  i kinda have a love/hate relationship with my camera right now!

so as it turns out the spaniards love to celebrate!  after getting caught in a parade last night in sevilla - which i later found out was an early celebration for three kings day (january 6 - which is basically like their christmas; they do their presents etc on this day) - i wound up queuing on the curb with a ton of other people for yet another three kings parade tonight.  i met a woman named judy from ohio who had just moved to spain a few months ago with her husband.  all her kids were grown up and having families of their own so they packed up and headed out!  she was loving it thus far.

  we stood chatting for the next few hours on everything from religion to politics and back again, and then turned our attention to the parade once it finally started.  basically the parade consisted of different floats coming down the mainway with people on them, mostly kids, chucking candy out into the crowd, and bands dressed up in different outfits i didn´t quite understand playing music as they went along.  it was literally raining candy and you had to be quick on your feet to make sure you didn´t get a piece in the eye - which i totally did a couple times!  some of those kids seemed to be throwing with malice!!  but what the heck i only need one eye to see right??  it was a lot of fun!  i left most of the candy grabbing to the kids and gave those around me the majority of what came my way.
a fountain in the back of a store?? sure why not!
  it was like a huge pinata burst and there were kids crawling through my legs to get to the candy that had landed on the floor!  it was good fun, and we stayed till the end when the streets emptied and then made our way back home through the masses.  however the party still wasn´t over - around 10:30pm i heard fireworks going off outside!  like i said, the spainards love to party.  and they know how to do it well!

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the cathdral from afar...
the cathdral from afar...
and up close
and up close
a fountain in the back of a store?…
a fountain in the back of a store…
christopher columbus and his queen
christopher columbus and his queen
just taking a stroll...
just taking a stroll...
the shop lined streets...
the shop lined streets...
these balloon guys are everywhere!…
these balloon guys are everywhere…
inside the cathedral...
inside the cathedral...
i cant take a straight picture to…
i can't take a straight picture t…
i love big church organs...
i love big church organs...
waiting for the parade...
waiting for the parade...
i dont know where this fits into …
i don't know where this fits into…
or this one to be honest....
or this one to be honest....
i love all the decorated streets. …
i love all the decorated streets.…
a backpacker staple!
a backpacker staple!
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