So I’m a bit more settled in at my schools now but I’m going to wait to write about it in the next post because here I want to write about Pilares. We have been off school since Wednesday and there has been a week long festival here just in Zaragoza called Pilares. It celebrates the patron saint of the city the virgin of Pilar so the festival is partly relies but also partly a week long festival with food, concerts, and all kinds of activities.
The first day of the festival we went to a Princess Nokia concert who is a New York rapper that we also just saw play a set at Afropunk in New York. We were right in front at the Plaza Justicia and it was really fun definitely the best music we saw during the festival.
One of the biggest days of the festival was Thursday when hundreds of thousands of people all dressed up in traditional outfits and paraded through the main Plaza Del Pilar with offerings of flowers. They made a pile of flowers the size of a building with a virgin on top. It was beautiful to see and took hours. Many groups sang and danced the traditional Jota in front of the flowers.
We also went to a bullfight. Don’t worry, I am not in favor of bullfighting but I figured I should see it once if I was going to be firm in my opinion of it. Also it seems strange to live in Spain and never see one. Turns out what they say is true, it was interesting but pretty horrible, bloody, and sad. The bullfighting arena is beautiful though and the costumes and everything are cool. Overall takeaway though was that I don’t need to see bulls slaughtered again.
This morning we went to the bullfighting arena again but this time for what they call vaquillas which means baby bulls or cows that they don’t kill. This was special for Pilares and random people just go in the ring and run around trying to (not?) get hurt. It was really fun to watch.
Some teachers from one of my schools invited me out one night which was really nice of them and I’ve also been hanging out with several of the other Auxiliaries. It’s been a crazy and really fun little vacation and festival. Back to school on Monday, at least I have a Bici card now and can bike to work!