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Police: La Tomatina Festa Buñol

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Having really enjoyed the last few fiestas, we decided we would go to Buñol for the tomato fiesta La Tomatina.

No-one knows for sure how this fiesta started and there are many stories, from two men starting a food fight in a restaurant that spilled out onto the streets, to a local housewife attacking the farmer with his tomatoes, enraged by the price he was asking!!

One thing is for sure, this is no ordinary fiesta.It is estimated that more than 20,000 people descend on the town from all over the world to take part in the worlds largest tomato throwing event.

We arrived the night dressed up in similar outfits of red tops and white trousers with the girls wearing flashing tiaras. The locals had laid tables out in the street and were enjoying watching the crowds go by, cheering and clapping each group that had made an effort to dress up. The party atmosphere was fantastic and set the mood for the following day.

When we returned the following morning, the town was awash with bodies, many of whom had partied all night. Those that weren’t...

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Police: The Jumilla Wine Fiesta -La Vendimia de Vino

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The small inland town of Jumilla is an important focal point for the major wine producing industry in the area and this annual event where hundreds of litres of free wine is given away is a thank you from all the bodegas and commercial vineyards.

Last nights fiesta has to be one of the craziest yet. This has been our third visit to the wine fiesta at Jumilla and once again we were not disappointed.

As hundreds of people line the street, the first float passed by throwing out whistles and the noise level went up a few notches! The bands began to play and soon the crowds were chanting and dancing in the street in anticipation of the night to come. Smiles of pleasure and satisfaction were all around as the floats arrived and the waiters started pouring the wine down eager throats.

Before long there was a sea of purple as the crowd was squirted with wine and everyone’s T-shirts began to turn purple as the wine was poured all over our hair and body.

Small bocadillos were thrown to the crowd to help soak up the wine as the...

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Police: How to make Chicken and Rabbit Paella

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The original paella valenciana probably dates to the early 1800s and the earliest kinds of paella were products of purely available local ingredients. Today paella is made in every region of Spain, using just about any kind of ingredient that goes well with rice. In our area of inland Costa Blanca, the most widely accepted Paella consists of rice with rabbit, peppers and chicken, and of course snails!

There is an old story of how the Moorish kings’ servants created rice dishes by mixing the left-overs from royal banquets in large pots to take home. These stories are romantic and may be true, but it was not until the mid-nineteenth century that the paella as we know it was created in an area around Albufera (a fresh water lagoon near the city of Valencia). At lunch time, workers in the fields would make the rice dish in a flat pan over a fire. They mixed in whatever they could find – such as snails and vegetables. For special occasions, rabbit and later chicken were added.

How to Make Paella

Paella is best prepared over an...

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Police: The Farmer and The Donkey- A Moral Story

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One day a farmer’s donkey fell down a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to work out how to get it out. Finally, he decided the animal was old and as the well needed to be covered up, it just wasn’t worth trying to retrieve the donkey.

He asked all his neighbours to come and help him. They all brought a shovel and began shovelling dirt into the well. The donkey of course realised what was going on and began to bellow loudly, but after a while suddenly went quiet.

After a few more shovelfuls, the farmer had to have a look and see why the donkey was quiet. To his amazement, as each shovelful fell onto the donkey, it just shook it off and then stepped onto it. As the farmer and his neighbours continued to shovel dirt into the well, the donkey just kept shaking it off and stepping up. Pretty soon, the donkey reached the top of the well, climbed out and trotted away quite happily.

The moral of this story? Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well...

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Police: Spontaneous Spanish Smileys

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You may or may not have heard of Spontaneous Smiley, a project created by photographer Ruth Kaiser in which anyone can share photos of smiley faces they see in everyday objects.

On a day out around Alicante we found a few of these smileys hidden in various buildings along the way.

Maybe now you’ll spot some too!

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La Tomatina Festa Buñol
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How to make Chicken and Rabbit Paella
The Farmer and The Donkey- A Moral Story
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