Saturday, February 18, 2012

El Barrio

Our teacher bought us tickets to a concert last night because UNH will pay for "cultural experiences" (which really varies from Arabic spas, beers after hiking, and museum visits).  The band was called El Barrio which literally translates into "the neighborhood" but I don't see what that had to do with anything.  They were a mix of flamenco and pop music with lots of fast beats and guitar.  It was very crowded and we warned to be cautious of gypsies but if there were any they blended in very well and didn't bother us at all.  The four of us (Casey, Victoria, Casey and I) pushed our way in onto the floor because we figured it would be the most fun down there, dancing and engaging in all those concert festivities.  The lead singer of the band was known for wearing a black fedora, so of course the crowd was adorned in fedoras of all colors and sizes.  Even though we had a really hard time understanding the lyrics or the chants, the music was really great.  It was a lot of fun, but as they say in Granada "todo el mundo" was smoking so all of my clothes reek of cigarettes and I probably inhaled a packs worth of smoke.  Filo promised us she would wash our coats today though, so that shouldn't be a problem.  Theres also this really popular song here in Portuguese called "Ai se eu te pego" its really really catchy and it plays in all of the clubs here and every once and a while at the concert the guy would pretend to start singing it.  He also ran off stage mid song to put on a Granada jersey-- the crowd went WILD.  Never underestimate the power of soccer in Spain ;)

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