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Life in Culebrón is a disconnected series of pieces about the banal and ordinary of everyday life in an inland Alicante village seen from my very British perspective.

Sunday, February 12, 2006


Pinoso became independent of the larger, nearby town of Monovar on 12 February 1826. To commemorate that event the people of Pinoso, the Pinoseros, celebrate 12 February as the day of the town or Villazgo. We went to have a look.

There were bunches of men playing some sort of traditional game, a bit like horseshoes.

Around the corner there were people dancing on a stage next to men making mosto. At first we thought it was a wine

There was a sort of street fair too with people selling or displaying all sorts of things that looked like they had some link with a Spanish, rural, past. Things like sandals woven from esparto grass, bits of lace etc.

The main event though was a food fair. For 7€ it you got a bowl, a wine glass a cardboard tray and ten tickets which you could swap for items prepared by a range of local bodegas, restaurants, cake shops etc. It was dead easy to pig out though it was also quite hard to move at times. We made quite a mess.

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