On Monday the 24th was the festival of La Merce here in Barcelona. La Merce, or Our Lady of Mercy, is the patron saint of Barcelona and in celebration of her the Barcelonians organize parades with giant papier mache puppets, form themselves into large human pyramids, set off fireworks throughout the night and gather together to dance the typical Catalan dance, La Sardana. As new Barcelonians, the Professor and I dutifully packed up all our baby gear, smushed ourselves into the metro with hundreds of other people, and elbowed our way through the crowds in Ciutat Vella (the Old City) to see what all the hullabaloo was about. And what a hullabaloo there was! I think the whole city must have been wandering about seeing the shows or else participating in them. I remarked to the Professor that if this festival had taken place in Miami, the native Miamians would have barricaded themselves in their homes and complained about all the traffic, racket, and the deluge of tourists milling about with their maps, event programs, and expensive cameras. It's nice to see that the locals take their holidays so seriously and know how to kick back and enjoy themselves. And since it's only our first year here, the Professor and I will gladly and gaily join in the rambunctious crowds and leave our whining and complaining for the years to come.
P.S. In case you're wondering, Roman slept through the whole outing. What a champ! :)