If you noticed, you probably had to smile. The first tender sprouts of spring are to be seen all around, and I have chosen to sprout out something new, too. Talking about my travel blog, which has only recently undergone a major relaunch. Díos mío! Hours and hours, day after day of work … After the relaunch, the first thing to do was to take a deep breath. Aaaah!
I guess this is also how the circus artists from all over the world must have felt during the 5th edition of the International Circus Festival in the city of Figueres, in the north-east of Spain.
“Catalonia … is not Spain. A love letter to my country of a kind.”, is what you will find reading on my landing page. So true, in every aspect. Recently reconfirmed while #inCostaBrava.
“Care to join this year’s ‘Festival del Circ’?”, my dear colleagues from the city of Girona write to me just ahead of Christmas. “We are happy to provide you with tickets for the 5th edition of this year’s circus festival, taking place each year at the end of February.”
What a nice way to reach out, I remember smiling, unaware that two months later, we find ourselves in the midst of one of the most spectacular circus celebrations worldwide – as VIP guests: “She has come all the way from Austria!”, Marc is careful to emphasize just why we should enter the press / VIP tent area. Love it. In no time, his charm and my Catalan (or was it the other way round?) got us two glasses of Cava, some nice Fuet (delicious, salami-like Catalan sausage) & many more amenities in the calm VIP area ahead of the circus event. Bring it on!
If for now you are are really curious about the circus, I have something to feed your appetite. Check out my short movie about the real talent of all artists performing here:
Beyond the circus festival in Figueres, Costa Brava for sure is always worth the visit. Spring is in the air …
… and with it, the first tender blossoms in the fields and on the trees. Even though I find myself back “south”, here at the northern edge of the Mediterranean, I am mildly surprised that spring has already progressed that much. Or is it because I have, only a week earlier, just returned from my snow-covered, spectacular winter journey through Lapland? There we go, the #LifeOfATravelBlogger as it is!
“Dear Elena, you are kind of white …”, Marc’s mum is almost alarmed. But a few days of sunshine #inCostaBrava, and the world (and me, in this case), do look different again. Here is where to walk the (empty) beaches, smell the scent of springtime flowers and keep on exploring “God’s own country”.
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Pirineu to participate in this year’s circus festival in Figueres. All opinions are my own.