Feria de las Flores
A Trip to Santa Elena
Creating a Silleta
While at the farm one of the sillateros talked about the history of the tradition. His daughter was going to be marching in her first parade this year. While he spoke he selected various flowers that had been picked from the surrounding gardens. He arranged the flowers on a small framework. It only took him ten minutes or so and he was in no particular hurry. It was nice, but it was a modest example compared to the much larger arrangements in the parade. Some of them were more than just flowers packed into chairs. Some were large, circular displays over two meters wide.
Parades, Flowers, and More Parades
The bus tour stopped at a restaurant where were served a rather meat heavy typical meal. We also got out at the library and a church in the town of Santa Elena. There was two plus meter statue made entirely of flowers. We had a great day seeing some sights outside of the city.
During the Feria de las Flores there are activities going on every day, all over the city, so we made plans to see more. The information is posted online and didn’t pose to much of a challenge to our Spanish abilities now. But it did seem to assume the reader has knowledge of things that we clearly didn’t have. We muddled through however and found several other activities and places to check out. On Lucas’ birthday we went to several locations. We saw some of the larger silletas on display and a parade of bicycles a one day.