Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Rainy Video Study Tuesday and a Flamenco Concert


Tuesday, 24 March, 2015:


NEWS FROM AROUND EUROBALL

I thought that you might like to see how four of the other great American football teams in Europe did over the weekend.

ITALY
The Catania Elephants opened their season by dominating their derby game 37-14 over the Palermo Cardinals.

SWEDEN
The Hässleholm Hurricanes will open their 2015 season on May 10th against Staffordshire Surge.

SWITZERLAND
The Thun Tigers will battle the LUCAF Owls in their season opener next Sunday.

FRANCE
The Bron-Villeurbanne Falcons are off to a great start in 2015 with a Southern Conference leading 4-0 record punctuated by last Sunday's 31-28 victory over the previously undefeated Pessac Kangourous.

Once
an Elephant, Hurricane, Tiger, Falcon,
ALWAYS
an Elephant, Hurricane, Tiger, Falcon!!!

More rain today made it easier to stay at La Hacienda breaking down game film of both our game last Sunday against Santurtzi and next Sunday's opponent, the 1-4 Zaragoza Hornets.

Here are photos of the big deal of the day . . .

Freshly rinsed oranges

Mundane to be sure, but I love fresh squeezed orange juice and have put Rosa Talavera's juicer to good use for months now.

First you slice them

Nice pajama pants, don't you think?

Then you juice them

Pour into a quality glass container

Voilà liquid heaven!

See how exciting life in Spain can be?

Finally, at about 4:30 p.m., I felt that we needed to get out of La Hacienda as I had seen enough video for the day and the rain had let up.

First stop was the Biblioteca Regional to exchange five videos for our late night viewing pleasure.

The highlight of this trade was the acquisition of the 1961 epic El Cid starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. Where better to watch this film than in La Hacienda in Murcia, España?

After the Biblioteca Regional, we meandered through Murcia's backstreets.

A church

Every religious group and church is getting ready for the rapidly approaching Semana Santa celebrations.

Salzillo art work

Penitents will soon be carrying this and many other huge Salzillo works through the streets of Murcia.

Eat the Rich?

I have GOT to come back
here when it's open!

We were getting thirsty so . . .

Bodegas Marín Vinos y Tapas

This bodega looked good from the street.

It was interesting inside

Vino tinto

The Baigorri red from the Rioja region was so delicious that we bought a bottle to take home with us.

Murcia's Bullfight Bar and Museum

We had passed by here earlier and found out that at 8:30 p.m. the Club would be hosting a Homenaje a Paco de Lucia.

Paco de Lucia was one of Spain's greatest flamenco guitar players and this event was being held as a tribute to him on the first anniversary of his death.

Here is a link to a YouTube clip of a young Paco de Lucia in concert feeling the flamenco music:

Several flamenco guitar players with ties to Murcia's excellent  Conservatorio Superior de Música had come from all over the South of Spain to perform.

It sounded like a great way to get another insight into Spanish culture and it was free.

The man on the right is the
President of the Club Taurino


The concert was held in the Club's Bullfight Museum. It was a perfect setting for one hour of intense culturally based music.

A current student kicked the night off

video
He was good

He had come all the way from Cadiz
to entertain us 

video
He was a bit more intense

Then it was on to some duets

Who knew that Johnny Depp could play the flamenco guitar this well?

video
Good . . .

video
REALLY good!

Going to this concert was totally unplanned by us but sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.

We had a great time hearing this ever so traditional Spanish music.

Wednesday the rain returns and so do I, to video breakdowns and two evening practices.

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