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Daniel Robles, Director of AMYCA Sociedad Cooperativa, and at the same time social media coordinator for the festival “El entierro de la Sardina” (The funeral of the sardine) surprised us in February with an invitation to the festival. Already the first pictures and videos of the last years convinced us that this is a special event and we delighted about the invitation.
On the way from Frankfurt to Murcia, we first take the airplane from Frankfurt to Alicante at the Costa Blanca in southern Spain. The rainy, cool weather in Frankfurt makes the anticipation for the warm, autonomous region of Murcia even stronger.
In Frankfurt, the plane breaks through the cloud cover, but already in the south of the country the clouds disperse and release the view. Only sparse remnants of the snow from last winter are recognizable. First, Lake Constance appears, then the Lake Zurich, the Lake Lucerne, and Lake Geneva. The snow-covered Swiss Alps rise in the background.
When we reach France, it is cloudy again, so that the French Alps escape our view. Only the airport of Marseille is again visible through a cloud cover.
Then the flight leads out to the Mediterranean until the island of Mallorca appears in the haze. The bay and the city of Palma de Mallorca are clearly visible, as well the airport. Shortly afterward we reach Ibiza. Again, the city and the port of Ibiza town are easily recognizable. Below us is the town of St. Antoni de Portmany on the west coast of the island. In the background, we see the distinctive shape of the island of Formentera.
After that, the landing approach to Alicante begins. The size of the airport surprises us. But later we see that the tourist flows in the summer months need a sophisticated transport infrastructure.
Antonio de Blas Martín, friend, and partner of Daniel Robles expects us already at the airport. He take us by car to Murcia. On the way, Antonio tells us something about his homeland.
At first glance, the landscape makes a very dry and hot impression, which also corresponds to reality. Sophisticated water management with pools, canals, reservoirs and irrigation piping make this dry landscape a huge fruit and vegetable garden that supplies all Europe with its products.
Lemons, oranges, olives, almonds, cucumbers, tomatoes, wine and much more grow here in an incredible amount. Murcia has seen considerable population growth in recent decades, which has now stabilized at around 450,000 inhabitants. Many companies have settled here, such as the world’s largest factory for fishing nets.
With so much interesting information, the trip to the 70 km remote Murcia passes quick. In Murcia, the preparations for the multi-day festival are in full swing. One sets up grandstands all along the parade streets. This gives us a first idea of how many visitors one expects at the festival.
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