The party had already begun Thursday night. The streets were busier than usual and it got pretty loud by 10PM. The festivities included a band playing in the main plaza from 11PM to 6AM. It was a hot day so we had to keep the windows open all night. No one slept terribly well because of the music and the noise of the crowds.
Mid-afternoon yesterday, Friday, we went out to see the preparations. Friday was to be even crazier than Thursday night. Storefronts were boarded up. Restaurants had closed, except a few, and bars were being set up on the streets. Many bars had speakers and disco lights. There was even a bar and food stand just in front of the church, the doors of which were also blocked off. We could see that a great big, crazy party was about to begin.
|Isabel's office (L) and door to her other apartments (R)|
|The end of our street on the plaza. Casa Gaspar is open for food but fenced off. And we noticed the prices were up by a couple of Euros per plate.|
|San Miguel and his friend, Jesus!|
|Boarded-up storefronts. It really looks like the town is preparing for a hurricane, not an international race event.|
|Our Café Bergantín closed except for the huge bar being set up outside. Sara, August and Oliver say hello to Carmen and other staff.|
|Mónica and Adrian preparing. Mónica is taping up the storefront next door so no liquid (of any sort) can be thrown (or propelled in any manner) through the grating.|
|A three-sided public urinal. Blech!|
We crossed the bridge to the Playa Sta Marina side to see the action there.
|The finish line, where the judges stand.|
|Tents everywhere on the river island, by the building where August and Oliver had their canoe course.|
|Tents in a grassy area between the road, restaurants and apartments.|
|Tents set up in the schoolyard of the middle/high school.|
|Tents in between parking spots at the west end of Playa Sta Marina. Notice the large dumpsters at the left. They are also placed throughout the town.|