Friday, April 17th 2015
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Monday, April 20th 2015
After getting all dressed up, I met up with Aaron and his parents, who had come to visit, and climbed on what had been my landmark for the last few days, the mushroom! From the roof, we had an incredible view of the city that was unforgettable. We wandered around the uneven top and took lots of pictures! We enjoyed a lovely before dinner glass of wine at the mushroom before heading off to have a delicious local meal. After the great meal, we stopped only for the required post-dinner gelato, before beginning the long walk across the city to the huge festival grounds.
The festival started by the lighting of the gate. To find this gate we just followed the packed crowds of people who were all making their way there. When we finally arrived, we stood packed in the crowd, pushing our way forward and watched as the gate lit up at midnight. As soon as this happened, that means the festival begins and everyone charged through. On the other side were these amazing tents that people owned and held celebrations in. The rest of the year, these grounds are just plots, but during La Feria there are tents with excitement, drinking, food and dancing! Since we didn’t know anyone with a tent, we went to a public one. I was with Aaron and a few of his friends and they all had been studying the traditional dance. I picked up some of it, but it was pretty difficult! The environment was energetic and exciting. Everyone was looking forward to a week of celebration. The girls dresses were fabulous and I loved looking around and watching them all!