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The Last Wednesday of August

Tomorrow is a day that may go down in the family history as the greatest day ever.

Spain, and in particular Valencia, is known for its raucous festivals (hello, Fallas), though almost all of the festivals are religiously-based. La Tomatina is the exception to that rule.

Held in the neighboring community of Buñol, about 40,000 people get together on the last Wednesday of August and throw tomatoes at each other. Most people run away from the chaos, which means that we are running in. The boys have been excited about La Tomatina since we first heard of it last summer when we were looking for where to settle in Spain.

Our bus for Buñol leaves the pick-up point at 6:00am. We have our suggested closed-toe shoes, swim goggles, and zip-sealed baggies packed and ready to go. Because we are going by chartered bus, we will have a safe, locked, clean place to store our dry, un-tomatoey clothes. I think that this alone is worth the bus fare.

I'm not sure that I should try to wrap my head around the pulpy carnage, but I hope to have some great photos of the event. If you're interested in seeing some of the pictures on the web from prior Tomatinas, you can see some here.

Which reminds me...I haven't been writing long updates on a consistent basis, but I do post to the Spanglish Y'all Instagram feed several times a week. So, if you want to stay in the know, follow us there for pictures and consistent though short updates. If you don't have an Instagram account, no worries. Just check the Spanglish Y'all homepage regularly as our Instagram pictures are in a gallery at the bottom of the page.

Tomorrow, you can be sure that I'll post pictures of La Tomatina, so check on Instagram (IG) or here on the homepage.


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