Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy New Year!!

    Madrilenos have a very special way of celebrating the New Year. You push your way into the busiest plaza in the center of downtown (Sol) and, as the bell tower strikes midnight, you eat a grape for each of the 12 chimes. So essentially, 12 grapes in 12 seconds. If you complete this task, you get good luck for the year. Should you fail.... mala suerte. Everyone brings their own set of grapes and mini champagne to kick off the new year. Seedless grapes are sold in cans for easy consumption; these people know the drill. Locals show up in neon wigs and crazy hats ready to celebrate in the streets. HAPPY 2012!!

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