Routine is one of the hardest things for me. When whatever I am doing starts to feel like a routine and it feels like every day is the same, I start to feel tired and a bit sad. I start looking for a change, for excitement. Some kind of thrill. Anything to get me out of that mind numbing routine.
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When we walk onto a little square in our Barcelona neighbourhood we see abnormally tall figures standing around. “What are these?” we wonder. Once we get closer we can see they are all different figurines. Kings and queens, birds, a priest, a dancer. They are the giants of our neighbourhood. Suddenly music starts playing and the first giant moves. He first slowly sways but then stands up straight and marches ahead. When the music gets wilder he starts to spin. Around and around. More giants join him and sway and spin to the music. The people around us dance and walk along with them as they make their way through the streets. I almost jump out of my skin when one of the smaller figurines, a giant head with little legs sticking out, jumps right in front of me and releases a giggle. I feel like I am lost in a strange fairytale right here in our neighbourhood in Barcelona!
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It’s hot and I see the men and women in their coloured blouses and white trousers sweating as they start forming the base of a “Castell”. Once everyone is in the right position, a signal is given and the small band starts to play. Then people start climbing. A second layer of people is formed and then a third and so on. When the smallest casteller climbs to the top, the people in the crowd hold their breath and all the castellers who are forming the tower are in the deepest concentration. When the small casteller finally reaches the top while being encouraged by the teams coach, she raises one hand with four fingers up. They made it, the tower is complete. The crowd cheers and claps. The music is loud and fast. The small casteller climbs over the top and down the other side of the tower. Once she is safe and sound on the ground, the other layers of people climb down, one after another. Once everyone is back on the ground, the crowd breaks out into applause again. I feel excited as well as relieved that the tower was a success and nobody got hurt.
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