This picture was taken during the festival of Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain. I studied there during spring semester of 2010. For 20 days in March, the city becomes a warzone. I have never seen so many unsupervised 5 year olds throwing huge firecrackers. I escaped with only 4 burn wounds.
For 20 days in a row, the city lights off huge amounts of fireworks at 2 in the afternoon. They are part of a contest to see who can lose more of their hearing capacity and are designed to shake your internal organs around in your ribcage. There are also hundreds of enormous beautiful sculptures that can cost millions of euros and a year to make. At the end of the week, they burn them all in a few hours. Seriously. I will post pictures of them another time.
This picture is of a family dressed in traditional Valencian attire. The dresses were incredibly ornate and some of the guys looked like video game characters. Excellent.
In the past 7 months, I have traveled over 25,000 miles. That is more than the distance around the equator. Whoa. Last year it was probably easily under 1,000. Thus, I have acquired a substantial amount of photos. I am planning to use this blog as a way to share these photos and perhaps some anecdotes about my wanderings. I hope you enjoy.
This photo was taken near Notre Dame in Paris, France. It shows the Seine River as seen from a bridge. I was traveling with my friends Eric, Rachel, and an awesome frenchman that we met in our hostel named Sayid. Quasimodo was chilling outside and the sun was shining. Notre Dame is too big. Physics shouldn’t allow that beautiful of architecture to exist.
I promise I will have better stories later. I just like this picture because it reminds me of a wonderful day in Paris.