The language school Costa de Valencia visits the famous Tomatina of Buñol. On this special festival, the residents of Buñol and tourists, who come from all over the world to attend the spectacle, throw squeezed tomatoes at each other.
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Valencia. Every year on the last Wednesday of August, Buñol – a traditional village in Spain’s region Valencia – is thrown upside down: The residents celebrate the hilarious Tomatina festival throwing tomatoes at each other. Exactly where this tradition has come from is not quite clear. It was probably found in a spontaneous act and has been pursued as a comical tradition. People from all over the world travel to Buñol to participate the tomato fight. So did Costa de Valencia’s language students visit the Tomatina and join the spectacle.
Early the language students took the bus to Buñol and in approximately 45 minutes they arrived. At 8 o’clock in the morning there were positive vibes flooding the small village already. People were out on the streets, drinking, chatting and dancing and the students group of Costa de Valencia began this exciting day with fiesta too. They had the traditional Tomatina-brunch; a sandwich with tomato sauce and sausages, and indulged in some sangria and beer. Afterwards, the students went to the center together to determine a meeting point and ensure they all found one another after the tomato fight.
Then they walked to the Tomatina-zone where the tomato fight would be held, and entered the fray! Although the tomatoes haven’t been distributed yet, the spectacle was already in full swing. At 11 o’clock the starting shot of Tomatina was fired. Six trucks passed through the streets, which were full of cheerful people, and occupants threw squeezed overripe tomatoes on the crowd. As soon as the first truck passed, the tomato fight started and tomatoes flew all across the streets. Enthusiastically, the language students threw the squeezed tomatoes at each other. Some people wore goggles or diving masks, but it didn’t really change the fact that after a few minutes they were all covered with tomato paste and even the streets started filling up with the red sauce. The tomato fight was hilarious and the students group laughed a lot. After an hour the spectacle was officially finished. The students went to the village’s river to wash of the tomato paste of their body and their clothes. Some gentle residents offered a shower with the garden hose and the clothes dried quickly in the sun.
After a while, the students group reunited at the meeting point. Here they continued the fiesta with good music, fresh drinks and a cheerful atmosphere. Later that afternoon the students of language school Costa de Valencia returned to the place where they had brunch to regain their strengths – the sun and the excitement was draining. They recovered eating some more sandwiches and drinking some fresh beverages. The end of the day the students enjoyed being together and telling stories about the day. Around 6 o’clock they returned to Valencia; exhausted, but also happy with the unique and unforgettable adventure they’ve experienced.