El Año Nuevo

Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Saturday, January 1, 2011

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! I've never really seen the need to make elaborate plans for this holiday; I always seem to have fun playing games with my family, going to a friend's house with a few other people, or even sleeping and waking up in a new month and year. Before I left on this trip, when I thought about spending New Year's in this city, I failed to consider an important aspect of the Spanish culture: family. When my friends found out that I was going to be here, they asked what my plan was, and I always responded, "I really hope to end up at Buddha on New Year's Eve!" Buddha is one of the discotecas here in Sevilla where you can get lost in the different floors, each with distinct types of music, and dance all the way until 6 am. What I should have said was, "If they transported Buddha to the US, I would want to spend New Year's Eve there." Once I got here, the family kept talking about the plans for New Years, and I realized that everyone spends the actual evening and passing of the new year with their familyAfter midnight is when they go out! 

I didn't get up until practically noon anyway, sleeping off the travel and trying to get rid of my cold at the same time. The afternoon was spent leisurely, chatting with María and playing with the little primos (cousins) Pepe and Guillermo until they were picked up at 2. Toni and I did more shopping for New Year's Eve dinner, and the spread on the table just kept growing and growing. One thing that I find interesting about the food and lifestyle here is that they have no problem leaving food out, uncovered, for long periods of time. As soon as any food was finished being prepared, it was set on the table and left out there until we ate - which was 10 pm. I'm not complaining, because that was how it was when I was here for the whole semester, and I clearly came out alive, I just feel a little more comfortable when it's covered!

Toni's brother Jose Luis (who goes by Pepe Luis), his wife Carmen, and their boys (Pepe and Guillermo) came over around 9:30, and we started dinner at 10. I'm glad I decided to put on something semi-nice, because they were all dressed very nicely, either in a suit or dress or something equally as dressy! After some pictures and setting up the rest of the table, we sat down to quite the feast: bread and crackers with paté, chorizo, shrimp, crab, ensaladilla, potatoes, and a pot roast type of meat. I'm sure I'm missing something because it feels like there was so much more food there. For the new year, we ate one grape with each chime of the clock, then toasted with champagne, then went outside to watch the neighbor's fireworks. They were impressive! 

I stayed with the family, not really having the ganas de salir de marcha (not really feeling like going out) so late, but we still stayed up until 3! Pepe and Guillermo had fun with the computer, making some hilarious videos and taking funny/cute pictures. Those will have to suffice for now because I don't have my camera cord with me and I can't upload any regular pictures!

More later :)
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