To many this may sound unconceivable, but you can be Valencian and hate fallas. In fact, I would say that the love-hate ratio for this festivity will approach 50-50 and I am among the 50% who would like to flee from Valencia every time these dates approach.
Do not misunderstand me, I know they are an important festivity that has become a world heritage, but one thing doesn’t take away the other.
- Valencia is full of people in proportions that never repeat throughout the year and things as simple and everyday as traveling on public transport becomes a real odyssey.
- Half of the streets of the city are cut by monuments and tents. This not only makes traffic impossible, but the parking sites, which are already scarce, are drastically reduced. In short, if you can avoid taking the car, the best thing you can do is find a good place to park and don’t touch the car in two weeks.
- Then there is the noise. If you are fallero, young, student or have a vacation I can understand that you love the festivities (although spending all night in the street in March listening to music of dubious quality and drinking cheap alcohol is not something that calls my attention). If you work or if you just want to take the opportunity to rest, the thing is different. Music at an insulting volume until 3 in the morning (lie! In some places it’s until 5).
- And continuing with the noise I cannot forget the firecrackers. It is incredible that people can get to spend money on small gadgets that explode and do nothing else… for me it is like setting fire to money directly. In addition there is always the “funny guy” who decides to throw a f ***ing firecracker at your feet.
When day 20 arrives, your ears hurt, you have hours of backward sleep and you are on the verge of a wrath attack. It doesn’t sound so far-fetched that there are people who hate fallas and want to go on vacation every March.
I must admit that not everything is bad in fallas. There is something that I love and that you cannot find any other time of the year. BUÑUELOS
Luckily you can fix it if you know the recepy, you can have mine!