Tuesday, November 8, 2011

{{ second largest Basque city: Vitoria-Gasteiz }}

The Fiestas de la Virgen Blanca is celebrated each year from Aug. 4th to 9th. While the Spanish bullfighting - corrida de toros - is common in Spain, it only takes place during the festivals in the northern provinces. It is more common and occurs more often in the south of the country. I've never seen a bullfight nor do i know much about it. The only bits of knowledge I have of bullfighting is from the opera Carmen. That is saying a lot...

There are some pretty modern looking buildings. This is the library...It kind of looks like a ship.

In spain, all the garbage and recycling bins (big and small) are not even hidden in small alleys, but lined up along the sides of big streets. They're very obtrusive in the street scene. You occasionally see different, more artistic designs, which can pass as public art.

Like Hong Kong, Vitoria is quite a hilly town. So like Hong Kong, they've implemented these moving walkways to save people the trouble of walking uphill.

Basque is an ancestral language of the Basque people (665,800 native speakers in 2006), who inhabit in the Basque Country ( a region spanning an area in northeastern Spain and southwestern France).

Being the second largest Basque city, here in Vitoria one can observe distinctly the Basque culture.

Setting up the stage for music performances...

Locals in traditional attire of each clan drinking alcohol and getting ready for the festival...

Even the bullring is modern?

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