New Year’s Eve in Spain

by Andrew Stein

When the New Year arrives, the tradition is to eat twelve grapes synchronized exactly with the twelve dongs of the church bells.  Turns out it’s a lot harder than it sounds and is very funny to take part in!  They say you’ll be blessed with good luck the following year.

Taking a step back, we begin the night by exploring the equivalent of Barcelona’s time square where they have a midnight-dropping ball and all.  We then venture to a festive tapas place called Paco Meralgo, where they turn the atmosphere into a bit of party come midnight handing out 12 grapes along with a goody bag of silly toys.

Happy New Year!