Shamis and I made a trip down to Santa Barbara one Thursday afternoon. We’d originally gone there with the intention to catch the Sketchbook Project 2012 tour on its United States leg, but since Shamis wasn’t free on the weekend when it was scheduled to go down to Los Angeles, we went up to catch it in Santa Barbara. When we got there, we were confused to see so many roadside vendors selling wonderfully-painted eggs.
I queried the first stall that we came across, asking why it was that there were so many decorated eggs, and the husband replied that it was for the Old Spanish Days Fiesta. They spend an entire year making these eggs for the annual fiesta. These eggs are filled with confetti and cracking one over someone’s head brings good luck. I was appalled at the idea of those pretty eggs he and his wife had on display until he mentioned that people usually collect the better-decorated ones. Whew!
I also couldn’t believe our luck in catching a festival right when we got there. :D
Minions (Despicable Me).
Shamis and I got lunch at Pascucci, a quaint Italian cafe that belied a much more spacious interior than its front led us to believe.
My pasta was delish, aside from the shrimp being a tad too salty for my taste. But my pasta was just about perfect with the texture and yummy sauce. Shamis’ order was a bit of a disappointment though.
Stomachs sated, we crossed the road to the Mercado de la Guerra, where the heart of the festival was:
We sat down to watch the performances on the stage. The live music accompanying the colourful dances were pretty electric, and not just because we ended up seating right at the front. There was a young woman who did a solo dance and the both of us were admiring the muscles in her arms.
We continued our exploration of Santa Barbara down towards the beach:
Goofing around with an art installation in an homage to Moby Dick.
The day about to end, we finally made our way towards the mobile library of the Sketchbook Project. But that is another tale to tell on another day.
Outfit photos taken by Shamis.