Holy Week, or Semana Santa, is a celebration of the Passion of Christ and the Sorrows of the Virgin Mary. It is a solemn occasion but it could actually be "glamorous" too. When's the Week in 2021? Sunday, 28 March - Sunday, 4 April.
I had given up finding my favorite Street Performer Don Quixote. I was afraid he had gone the way of the many other performers, not to be found again. But to my surprise, on one of my last days in Madrid I rounded the corner and there he was. Tall, handsome, and lance in hand, waiting for people to take his picture. I have always loved finding him.
As the sun set, the lights that illuminate the Cathedral and the Giralda came on. The site took my breath away. It is hard to describe something so immense, so beautiful, so old, and so lovely in the setting sun. As I was watching the streetlights, I noticed the Giralda wave to me. Seville never ceases to amaze me.
GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SUMMING UP THE SPANIARDS, AN ACCOUNT OF HOW SOME FAMOUS TRAVELLERS HAVE SEEN SPAIN,” 3 OCTOBER 1969 — (1) Knowlege In-Depth »
In our own day [i.e. in 1969] when 20 million foreigners swarm into Spain every year, the rage to sum up, to label, to praise and criticize, to explain, dissect and generalize on Spain has been an almost compulsory urge of travellers. Most, however, are content to accept its inhabitants uncritically, happy to loll on the beaches without racking their brains about the ultimate truths of the Spaniard. At any rate, Spain is changing and even its most entrenched characteristics are undergoing modifications as they are buffeted by the impact of modern communications and ideas.
Bonnie Rosenstock's piece on the art and soul of flamenco in New York. Incredibly exciting!
Spain is the top favorite of Erasmus students. And Madrid has beaten Paris, Rome and London in the Erasmus 'popularity contest'!
So far the Spanish security forces have upstaged the terrorists. Still, one couldn’t help thinking realistically that no amount of beefed up security could stop a determined terrorist from carrying out his evil plans. . .
You can’t beat Seville, the land of the fiery, when it comes to the passion and pageantry of Spain’s Semana Santa