“Up to now, one could be forgiven for knowing next to nothing about the ancient Spanish city of Zaragoza, capital of Aragon and the country’s fifth largest metropolis. For some reason, it’s never had the same mystique as, say, Granada, Salamanca or Toledo. But that seems likely to change very soon.
“Following the example of Barcelona, Seville and most recently Valencia--site of the 2007 America’s Cup races--Zaragoza is now poised to spring, or at least step, onto the world stage. The transforming event is Expo Zaragoza 2008, an international exposition that opens this weekend and focuses on the timely themes of Water and Sustainable Development.
“If the Seville Expo of 1992 showed Spain rushing to modernize, 'Zaragoza 2008 is meant to show a thoroughly modernized Spain committed to sustainability and preserving our quality of life,' said Jerónimo Blasco, director of the consortium behind the event.
“Before it closes on Sept. 14, organizers hope to have welcomed as many as seven million visitors--10 times the city’s population--to the Expo campus and to the newly spruced up city center. With more than 100 countries participating, along with private corporations and organizations like the Red Cross and Oxfam, there are, thankfully, about 60 restaurants, bars and cafeterias providing a global buffet at which to refuel between exhibits. Some 3,400 performances are on tap by more than 350 international troupes and talents ranging from Cirque du Soleil to Bob Dylan to Daniel Barenboim...”
-- “It’s Zaragoza’s Turn to Make a Splash,” by Andrew Ferren, NYTimes
PLUS: In the meantime, while I'm on a week-long blog break (if I can help it--you never know with junkies) to cover the Philippine participation in the Expo Zaragoza 2008, let me leave you with something fab, happy and gay: the latest Fabcasters podcast! (Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here. You can listen online or download the files.) We--me, CC, Mcvie and Tony, minus AJ and Migs who were on dates, hmpf hmpf!--hadn't gabbed in months, so the reunion was the usual laugh-a-ton. Hope the good vibes rub off on you. Adios for now, gotta practice my Spanish! (Habla Espanol? No? Que horror!)