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What the what?

Posted on May 3rd, 2009 by Matt Brattin

I have accepted the fact that I was never able to get a grip, much less a firm grip on time throughout most of the MBA, and this was especially true during the final term. I knew time was going to fly, but seriously, is this a joke? I began writing this post months ago and know it’s a little silly to post it now, but what the heck, why not? I’ve got free time now so I can actually try to provide all the updates I feel are necessary before officially signing off, so here goes.

I was sitting in class last week, watching final presentations and I had to give a double take when I saw the date at the bottom of someone’s slideshow – March is almost over!!! I graduate in *gulp* four days! What the what?! Ok, so at the very least I can give a re-cap of things and stuff I’ve been up to, so let’s get on with that, shall we?

Las Fallas – Valencia
What started off as a day when local Valencian carpenters would drag all their scrap wood into the streets of Valencia and make bonfires has morphed into quite possibly one of the most incredible festivals I’ve ever experienced first-hand. We took the train from Barcelona to Valencia on March 18 and had the privilege of witnessing the final two days of the Las Fallas festivities and boy what a show it was.

The present day festival has the many, many little neighborhoods all over town spending a good part of the year creating what I can only describe as works of art. They create these massive sculptures (and by massive I mean about 3-4 story buildings high) depicting, often, controversial current events topics and have them on display throughout the week in the middle of intersections. Come the last evening of the festival, they certainly go out with a bang, or thousands of bangs, and flames as they torch the sculptures right there for everyone to see. As you can imagine, the r

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