¡Estamos en fiestas!
Salamanca's annual fiestas y ferias kicked off Thursday with the procession carrying offers of flowers to the the city's patron, la Virgen de la Vega.
The flowers are now on display at the Puerta de Ramos of the New Cathedral, the streets are economical if throroughly packed outdoor bars (1.50 euros for a wine, beer, mosto (grape juice) or water and a tasty pincho), and we're all lost in concerts, street performances, a Columbus-era market and a full schedule of bullfights.
Thursday's procession snaked over the Roman Bridge, up Calle Tentenecio and through Salamanca's historic center to Plaza Anaya, where the Virgin's flower offerings are now on display.
Somehow I always arrive home to find I've snapped just as many pictures of the charros (these folks in traditional Salmantino dress) from behind, as I have straight on. Exquisite, isn't it?
The jota is a traditional dance in 3/4 time performed with castanets held over the dancer's head. The jota broke out regularly Thursday afternoon. I love to watch the enjoyment on the dancers' faces.
We'll be at it til the 15th. Don't worry if you don't see me here for a few days. I'm just walking the streets, spending my money 1.50 at a time.