Posts Tagged ‘Catalonia’


Posted on December 8th, 2011 by by Valerie

Who wants to be a caganer 2011

So here we go again, rolling out the Christmas stuff. Last year, you may recall, I got my act together enough to write a post about the caganer, and very popular and well-received it was. For newbies, or those too lazy to click on the old post to refresh their memories, the caganer is one […]

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Posted on February 1st, 2011 by by Valerie

Bastons For The Banks

Have you seen the video of flamenco artists protesting with all their hallmark defiant passion and sensuality at the Banco de Santander? Banquero, banquero… How we loved their threatening wails. We shared it on Facebook and someone commented : we won’t see this in Catalunya.  But there’s lots of flamenco in Catalunya, someone else responded. […]


Posted on November 13th, 2010 by by Valerie

El tió

And for those of you who have requested a post about that other Catalan Christmas tradition, the Tió: go here – you get all the other Spanish Christmas stuff too. Go here for Part 2 and here for Part 3. By the way: it’s tió (teeOH) meaning log,  not tío (as in uncle /guy’ – […]

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Posted on November 10th, 2010 by by Valerie

Who Wants To Be A Caganer?

Every Christmas I say to myself:  I must write a post about the caganers. And every Christmas, by the time I get my act together, every other Catalunya-related blogger and feature writer has already done it. Anyway, this time, here we go. The caganer is a small figure, traditionally depicted as a Catalan peasant, in, […]

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Posted on June 26th, 2010 by by Valerie

The Catalan Picnic Experience

Summer in the city. You lie around in your underwear, eyes glazed, watching TV adverts for canned iced tea, air conditioners, mosquito machines and indefinably pornographic ice creams.  It’s time to head for the hills for the Catalan Picnic Experience, an elaborate ritual that bears no resemblance to the consumption, in the car in a […]

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