miércoles, 22 de julio de 2009

Fiesta time

Local festivities concentrate in the months of May, August and September.
With the ocasion of The Virgin of August (15th), Sorzano celebrates a procession to the local hermit. It is a ritual called "subir al bollo", which could be translated as "climb the hill and get the bread roll"...indeed.

Step 1- The dancers and the walkers parade up the path to the hermit. Along with them goes the trickster, dressed in a colourful striped suit. It is a figure of pagan origin.

Step 2-Mass is celebrated. Which does not mean that it is attended.

Step 3-Bread rolls stuffed with chorizo are distributed to the people.

Step 4- Dancers lead the parade down the hill.

Step 5- ...the authorities follow, carrying a nice pie for the statue of the Virgin

Step 6- ...and Virgin Mary goes down the hill. In the village, the parade ends at the main church.

Step 7- And the dancers take a rest before the paella.

...and the living is easy

Every summer we reserve at least a couple of weeks for ourselves and our friends in Casa Josephine.

Time to relax, to wind down to a more "human" pace, to enjoy the time when life is easy and slow and to feel that worries get lighter if you simply take some distance.

Sorzano is at its very best from June to September. Days are long and bright and nights are cool, and the village is lively with the families that flee from the big cities to the place where they were born.

It is the time to enjoy the things we forget to enjoy when life gets hectic and absurd:

1) -Walks in the countryside:
Sorzano is surrounded by orchards owned by the villagers. Late in the afternoon we follow the local fashion and take long strolls, chatting with the acquaintences we meet along, and stopping every now and then to eat fruit from the trees.

2)-The fruits of the earth:
Plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, pears, apples, pumpkins, peppers, tomatoes and wild strawberries are in season from June to September. And then, fall starts with grapes and figs! Is this Eden?

3) Leisure:
Time to dream, to make plans and to start projects. How about writing a poem? Or cutting pieces for a collage? Or designing the dreamed garden? Ideas bloom when time flows gently.

4)-Field trips:
We ride our old car to near villages in the valley of Cameros or to the banks of River Ebro for a drink, a walk or a meal. And driving among vineyards, we wonder what this year's wine will taste like...

5)- Convivial life:
The back door of our house opens onto a quiet public square. Like other locals, we take our chairs and tables out in the morning for a breakfast "al aire libre"....and they stay out for the whole day.

6)- A la fresca:
And when the sun starts to fall, we enjoy "la fresca", regional name for the first hours of the evening, when temperatures fall and people go out for a last long chat with the neighbours.

Nothing much, it is true....But who needs anything else?

Recommended in the press

Baramundi is a hip magazine with the best information on the cool and the latest, on the trendy and the dapper in Northern Madrid. Their summer issue includes a truly nice piece about Casa Josephine.

¡Muchas gracias, Baramundi!