It started out just like any other Friday night. We had dinner with our friends at an Indian restaurant in the town of Torrent. It’s easy to get there, because you can just take the metro to the town center and then walk to nearby shops and eateries. There is also a large park near the metro station, and it was curiously blocked off. In fact, in the metro station, the exit that put you out to the park was also closed, and guarded by some very gruff-looking policemen.

Paying limited attention to the barriers (honestly, food and friends was our focus, not the idiosyncrasies of the town of Torrent), we were able to make it to the restaurant in about 5 minutes. Tasty food, good service, and pleasant conversation was the first thing on the agenda. However, as the meal conversation topics turned, our friends said that there was to be a fireworks display about the time we would be finishing dinner.

Of course, we wanted to watch it. First, it was a much less populated event than any of the fireworks shows in Valencia, so there was no crushing crowd surrounding us. Second, after being filled with dinner and maybe a couple of adult beverages, we were definitely interested in seeing the fireworks display.

And this is where I should take a pause and say a few things about Las Fallas, the spring festival here that is a unique Valenciano tradition. I’ve written about Las Fallas before (it’s pronounced “las fah yas” with the two L’s being converted in to a “y” sound to us English speakers). It’s an annual tradition that is a region-wide celebration of light and sound that lasts from March 1 to 19.

While I find the Fallas celebration fascinating, it’s a bit much for me toward the end. The noise and number of tourists in the city can be overwhelming. I have experienced the whole spectacle several times, but I think for now, we will continue to escape the city the last few days of the festival. What I will say, though, is that Las Fallas is a festival that captures the heart and emotions of the Valencian people and region. Celebratory, participatory, city-wide… complete with sights, sounds, and experiences that are uniquely regional.

This year, though, there have been some changes. Shortly before the first event of Las Fallas (called La Crida), there was a horrible fire in the Valencian neighborhood of Campanar. You may have caught it on the news, but multiple people died in a sudden blaze that erupted in an apartment building. To show respect for those who lost homes and loved ones, the events were postponed a week. So that made the night that we were in Torrent the first night of any Fallas celebrations.

That brings us back to the fireworks display in the town of Torrent. During Las Fallas, there are usually fireworks events on weekend evenings. Coupled with the daytime fireworks events (yep, that’s a thing, too), the city can’t avoid the sounds of explosions or the smells of gunpowder that accompany the spectacle.

So it was not really a surprise that Torrent, just outside of Valencia proper, there was a fireworks display. Enough people live there, and the connection to Valencia is so deep, that the local celebration of Las Fallas is normal. However, you will not find tourists clogging the streets or restaurants in Torrent. What you will experience, though, is a fantastic fireworks display that lasted for about 10 minutes.

Since we were eating dinner quite close to the park where the fireworks were launched, we basically had front-row seats. Some of the fireworks ended up overhead, while a drifting cloud of firework smoke also enveloped us adding a more ethereal feeling to the moment. I took a few pictures and some videos, but then I put my phone away and just enjoyed the spectacle.

What started as an ordinary dinner with friends ended up being a delightful surprise!

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

Fireworks display in Torrent, a town outside of Valencia

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