Where am I #26

Happy birthday Ludwig van Beethoven!!!

The famous – and famously-deaf – composer was born in the year 1770, and though the exact date isn’t known for sure, most historians cite December as the month, as he was baptized on the 17th of that month.

Many music-rich European cities play annual host to Beethoven-themed festivals such as the one photographed here. Where am I? You already know the continent. What is the country and city?

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Where am I #21

This Sunday we celebrate Easter. Jews celebrate Passover. In Latin America, the entire week is known as “Semana Santa” (Holy Week). A common tradition in cities big and small is the religious procession, with locals costumed as Roman soldiers, Pontius Pilate, etc. They burn incense and carry large parade floats featuring Crucifixion and Resurrection images throughout the streets. Locals stay awake all day and night before the parades to create elaborate alfombras, which are colorful “carpets” made of damp, colored sawdust. The carpets often include images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, or simple proclamations of peace. The highlight is watching the parade march over your alfombra, essentially destroying it.

As it happens, I often find myself in Latin America during this time of year – and not always on purpose, either. Which Latin American city and country am I visiting in this photo?

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