Saturday, August 4, 2012
That time of year
It is that time of year when we have our Facarte in our little village of Conceicao, near Tavira. It is one of my favourite times of year as the place comes alive with people and movement. It is busy and the atmosphere changes. Our little village, as much as I like it, can be a little quiet and samey, but at this time it becomes something else. And to have such a large event for such a small place is great for all I think.
This year I worried that it would be smaller with people cutting their costs but it is just as big, if not maybe bigger than last year! There are some eighty stalls and they are better than last year with nicer and more interesting things. If I had some money I would be spending it.
It brings in a huge increase of business for the restaurants and bars, which is great and a terrific boost to most of them, who spend most of the year just hanging on.
We went over last night and there was no shortage of people coming through, and even better to see people together and happy. As so often lately here people are fed up and complaining and the news is always bad, there are less smiles and people look stressed more than ever, but this weekend makes people smile! that is always a good thing.