New Year Celebrations: Australian and Spanish

December 31, 2018

New year is a big thing in Spain. In the last few years, many town halls have put on events for  “Australian New Year” which means they start at midday so little kids can enjoy them. The poster above is for the one at Los Alamos in Breña Alta (take the main road north out of San Pedro for a few hundred metres.) The writing in the bottom left is pretty…

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Happy 2018

Calendar for 2016
January 1, 2018

Happy new year. In 2018 I hope to spend a little more time enjoying La Palma. It’s easy for me to get so busy that I go round a little circle of work, the supermarket and German class. I’m expecting a busy year, but I hope to get out of the rut a bit more often.

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Happy New Year

New year is a big thing in Spain. Many people dress up – I mean really dress up, as though they were going to the opera at Covent Garden. Traditionally, lots of people eat out, although I suspect there’ll be less of that this year. At midnight, people traditionally eat one grape for each “boing” of the clock. If you manage all twelve on schedule, it’s supposed to bring good…

January 1, 2013
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New Year on La Palma

New Year fireworks in Santa Cruz de la Palma, 2009 The Spanish celebrate New Year in a big way. A lot of people go out for an expensive meal wearing evening dress – the the sort of thing I associate with Glyndebourne Opera. Most restaurants offer a special menu, and you have to book well in advance. This year, large family parties were back in fashion, because they’re cheaper. I’ve…

January 1, 2010
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Happy New Year

The Spanish celebrate New Year in a big way. A lot of people wear evening dress – the the sort of thing I associate with Glyndebourne Opera. I’ve usually gone to a big family party, but this year we went to see Santa Cruz. At midnight, they have fireworks. (To be honest, this year it wasn’t as good as usual. I think the town hall are worried about money just…

January 1, 2009
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