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20090503 Falset

Nuttery day 3

sunny 72 °F
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I expected to feel pretty cruddy when I woke today - physically speaking. But I actually got some decent sleep and I'm feeling good. The local DJ (I asked his name, but didn't quite understand it through the noise - little help?) was on a again, providing the morning groove with some funky Fela Kuti mix. Talk about a great way to start out!

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Vance and Jason are planning a nice meal, but it looks like a bomb went off around here. And, well. It sorta did, I guess. Criminy! What devastation!
Time to get to work. Mm, hmm.

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Nick strategized and came up with the brilliant idea for drying the dishes on the table in the sun outside and having a rinse tub out there, too.

Jason did the hard part in my book - washing the glasses (I was grateful because I tend to break those ;). Then I stepped in, and washed pots and pans like there was a great prize waiting at the end... because there was - A tasty tasty meal! Dang straight! And Jim provided the transfer services and elbow grease on a couple pots that were particularly troublesome. Vance was a master with a broom, and lots of people pitched in picking up bottles, cans, etc. The house transformed before our eyes. (Go TEAM!)

And this was just one clean-up session out of many over the weekend. Every meal was a creation and cleanup, and everyone was so amazing about pitching in one way or another. And every night another tornado blew through requiring another cleanup. It was really impressive to see how collaborative, lovely and respectful people were. Really high-quality humans, I tell you! ;)

(Mom, If you're reading this - It's really me. I know you can't believe I did dishes willingly, but it's true! I swear!)

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Americans turn to zombies if they haven't had caffeine all day. It's similar to the Gremlins rule, just slightly modified.

So, in the afternoon, I walked into town with Nick, Donna (from LA), and Jim to grab some coffee and explore a bit. We Ran into Johnny and Grant while were having our cappuccinos (yummy with brandy!).

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We decided lunch was in order, so we all wandered into a restaurant where Johnny had been before (could vouch that it was decent). We proceeded to confound and annoy the server trying to understand the menu. All's well that ends well, and with semi-contented bellies we all parted ways.

I wanted to pick up a good bottle of wine to bring back to the states. Jim volunteered to take me to check out the wine festival. It was great that he had been there before and knew the way - or I would have gotten lost in those narrow winding streets. (Thanks, Jim!)

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I was also able to get some pictures of the town that I missed on the quick trip yesterday:

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I wasn't particularly excited about actually doing any wine tasting by the time we ascended the hill to the castle. My body was protesting the effects of the long weekend, and I was pretty hot and dehydrated. I also felt overwhelmed by all the options, and wasn't really sure what to look for. My pallet is not very sophisticated yet, so I figured it would be easier to ask Vance which Falset wines are best. He tried most of them already, and seems to know what he's doing. That way, I can just come back before leaving town, and buy a bottle at the shop.

One thing I was really interested in... getting some pictures of/from the castle where the wine tasting was held. There was such a beautiful view of Falset from up there! Maybe I can stitch a couple of those shots into a panorama later.

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Back at Casa Pinson, folks were playing music, dancing, playing drums, throwing the Frisbee, lounging by the pool, hula-hooping, laying in the sun, and generally enjoying themselves. As usual ;).

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Nik even read us a hilarious story from a book he's consuming. It's nowhere near as good as his poetry, mind you. I strongly recommend that you check out his book of poetry "Wormhole" at http://www.cyberwit.net/marvin.htm. Fabulous!

The evening meal was fantastic, of course! 1000x thank you to Vance and Jason and all who helped out!

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Nik has been the master of the grill all weekend and can cook up some tasty flesh like nobody's business! Thanks for the nourishment, Nik!

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Another night of camaraderie and reverie for all. Most of us are pretty worn out, so its *relatively* mellow.
The sunset is incredible.

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Somehow Adam manages another fantastic fire.

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But there's a special treat... he shows us some incredible effects with his green laser. It looked amazing in the trees, grass, clouds, and especially the fire smoke.

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Some folks were still up dancing most of the night - go them! I wish I had that kind of energy :-p
I actually retired at a decent time and got some sleep. I think I'll likely be heading out to Barcelona tomorrow.

Posted by icufoundme 20:52 Archived in Spain Tagged events Comments (0)

20090502 Falset

The Nuttery - Day 2

sunny 72 °F
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The early birds get up and chat. The rest of us trickle in slowly, yawning and stretching.

I'm a little groggy from staying up late celebrating life and making new friends. But, I have a smile in my heart and a grateful soul and that goes a long way.

Hey! Are those Spanish tortillas? yum! Thanks for sharing, Nick!
I wish I could bring some of the pre-packaged ones home, they are so delicious! (In the states, you might see these as "Fritattas". They also call them Spanish omeletes.)

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I hear Vance makes the best Bloody Marys. I'm sure they're great if you're into all that, but I just can't do the tomato juice or horseradish (shudder).

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Some people head into town to check out the wine festival in Falset. Some stay and chat, basking in the sun and lounging by the pool. Some people help clean up last night's mess. Some play badminton and Frisbee. Some get their outfits together. There was even a girl there doing massage!

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I can't recall, but I think it was Becky that brought some "Cava". I didn't know what they were talking about. But, apparently its Spanish Champagne. You cannot call sparkling wine Champagne unless it's from Champagne in France. So, this is the Spanish version.

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I debated on napping like some of the others, but I was just having too much fun!
Instead, I headed to town with Vance, Jason, and Jim to pick up some supplies. The wine shops are great! They have some big chunks of cured meat, super stinky cheeses, and tasty sweets to boot. Plus - all variety of pate and sauces and seasonings I've never heard of.

The town is quaint and beautiful. Wrought iron and big heavy wood doors. I wish I brought my camera, but I'll come back tomorrow and spend more time. We need to get back to the house with the goodies.

Dinner is unbelievable! By that time a lot more people have arrived, and also brought their own dishes. A little of everything. Talk about a smorgasbord - mmmmm!
I was so busy enjoying eating that I didn't take pictures of the food. That's totally unlike me ;). I wonder if anyone recorded the menu. hm.

Each meal here has been spectacular. I can't quite believe my luck!

I also met Charles who makes wine in Falset "Mas Gran Montsant". www.masgran.com

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After dinner, a local DJ starts to work his magic and I really like his style.
People start to get moving. There was a girl fire dancing (but I can't recall her name... little help?). She was great, and I got a couple of nice pictures. What a great outfit!

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Adam really knows how to build a fire, I've gotta hand it to him. They somehow magically hauled some behemoth that looked like the entire root-ball of a tree onto the fire, and that puppy stayed hot all night! I didn't get a picture, but Charlie did:

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I danced and danced and talked around the fire, and danced and danced some more (and took a picture or 2 ;).

There were a few DJ's over the course of the night (and the weekend). They were all masters of their art (anyone have names for the record?). I know Tim Kidney and Tony Tee, but not sure of the others. Here's Tony doing his thang from Char's pics:

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Tim and Tony:
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Here are a few of the other DJ's. The one on the left, the one sitting, and the guy on the far right. Does anyone recall names?

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I was pretty tired since I hadn't had much sleep or a nap, so I didn't stay up until dawn like some of the others, but I held my own until the wee hours (probably 3ish).

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I'm not sure what ended up in the kitty, but I AM sure that it wasn't nearly enough after seeing all that Karen and Adam did for all of us. All hail to the King and Queen!!! SALUD!!!

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Posted by icufoundme 17:32 Archived in Spain Tagged events Comments (0)

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