Another great weekend is over in Barcelona. It's been busy and fabulous!
I attended an intensive photo course and it was great. However after, I realize that I learned how to take pictures of the situations/setting we dealt with there and then, but not really how to apply it to other situations, lighting conditions etc. But I am happy with it and will probably look for another course soon to learn more. I love photography and I am so lucky to have such a photographable city on my doorstep.
Then on Sunday there was a big show of Castellers, the human towers I wrote about here.
I enjoyed my first show at the Calçotada, but this was something else. More professional. More participants. More advanced. There were three teams taking turns to build different Castellers. (Castellers de Sants, Castellers de vila de Gracia, Castellers de Sant Cugat) and it was part of the Fiesta de Sant Medir from last weekend (The sweet party).
The Castellers have won a piece of my heart, I think this is top entertainment, so different but still so fun and original. It’s absolutely nerve wrecking when you see the tower moving and shaking. It’s somehow moving to see the faces of the participants when they come down and it all went well. And it’s impressive to see the little kids climb their way to the top and then sliding back down on the other side of the tower. The team spirit is obvious. And again, Spain amazes me with it’s traditions. Like the Fiesta de Sant Medir, almost 200 years old but still very much alive, while this tradition of the Castellers dates back to 1770 when the first one was documented. The Catalans are proud of their traditions and culture and little by little I am let in on it. Loving it!
It's important to start with a good, strong base:
Then a classic 7 levels:
One with two persons in each level:
Then there were two really impressive variations. One where they built two towers simultaneously:
...someone climbed up in the middle of the circles of people, while the ones around started going down...
The little ones who climb all the way to the top, they are so cute, and some of them so small! Look at this one for instance! Climbing up 7 people and sliding down on the other side. Brave!
This post is already long so I'll come back to the beer festival in the next post!