Sail the Iberian Peninsula - 2019

The Funeral (Burial) of the Anchovy In conjunction with the Spring Festival, the city celebrates the anchovy which is a dietary staple in Spain, most especially for those areas closest to the coastal fishing grounds. There are effigies, plastic statues and banners depicting a rather unattractive anchovy in and among the flower displays, draped on buildings and fences, and set up at intersections. At the end of the festival, the effigies will be burned and the other decorations will be removed and burned to honor this very important part of the Spanish economy. This too is a revival of an old folk custom to insure a rich harvest during the next fishing season. The Romeo Theater This theater is of more recent vintage than the Roman Theater (in Cartagena) despite the closeness of their names. This theater, dedicated to a Spanish poet whose last name was Romeo, was built during the post-Reconquista era. It is a venue for plays, musical performances, readings, and other arts.

It was built on land confiscated from a monastery of Dominican Monks who cursed the theater in the following way: Fire will destroy the theater three times! The first fire will occur while the theater is empty. And that actually happened. The second fire will occur when the actors and theater workers are present with no audience. And that curse came true as well. The curse continued by predicting that the third fire will occur when the theater is filled to capacity and all will die. After the first and second curses came true, the theater was rebuilt each time. By

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