All this week Sevilla has been taken over by flamenco dresses and extranjeros! Its feria! I dont have school all week in honor of it. What is feria you ask? Well, a long long time ago, cattle merchants used to come here to buy and sell cattle and over time it got bigger and bigger and eventually turned into all out event and thus was born feria de abril. That was a very abridged version of what happened, we learned alll about it in my folklore and customs class. Feria takes place on the fairgrounds which are in the outskrits of the city (about a 20 minute walk from my house) and it is basically like a mini town with lots of streets all lined with "casetas" which are tent like houses that groups get together to sponsor and pay for and then all day and night people dance "sevillanos" and eat lots of food and drink manzanilla (a type of sherry wine) and rebujito (manzanilla and 7up). At the entrance to the fairgrounds is the "portada" which is a huge lighted structure, look at my pictures to see it. Not sure what the theme is supposed to be this year. On the side of the fairgrounds is also a carnival with rides and games and of course lots of carnival food, especially chocolate con churros and gofres (waffles!). All the sevillana women and girls wear flamenco dresses, look at my pics to see what that is. They wear them all day and night. There are some that dont wear them, but usualy the only women not in flamenco attire at feria are americans and tourists. I really cant even describe it, it is such a sight to see. Really something amazing. I cant believe I am going home in 10 days I want to stay in sevilla forever!!!