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Explosions at village beside Alberque Boloreta 28 September 2018

Grayway

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2018 SJPP to Santiago de Compostela
Greetings from New Zealand. On the night of 28 September 2018 I stayed at the alberque Boloreta
http://alberque-a-bolboreta-guest-house.galiciatophotels.com/en/ From dusk and through the evening a series of loud explosions rocked the otherwise quiet neighbourhood. Due to language problems I was unable to establish the reason or cause of the canon like explosions. Does anyone know if this a cultural celebration or something like an annual celebration in the village please?
 
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Smallest_Sparrow

Life is rarely what you expect or believe it to be
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2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
Maybe you could write the albergue and ask them (easier to overcome language issues)? While I don’t know about your situation St Michael’s feast is 29 September and it seemed Spain expands celebrations (fireworks were still going off in Arzua days after Corpus Christi) so if there’s a church of San Miguel near there I suppose it could be that.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Past OR future Camino
2019
The A-54 highway is under construction near there. Could it have been blasting for that?
 

Tony Bobcat

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May 2017
Greetings from New Zealand. On the night of 28 September 2018 I stayed at the alberque Boloreta
http://alberque-a-bolboreta-guest-house.galiciatophotels.com/en/ From dusk and through the evening a series of loud explosions rocked the otherwise quiet neighbourhood. Due to language problems I was unable to establish the reason or cause of the canon like explosions. Does anyone know if this a cultural celebration or something like an annual celebration in the village please?
Hi Grayway
Back in 2015 I took my family back to my berth place Malta,we arrived roundabout 10.00am within an hour the town was rocked with explosions.
We found out later that it was their festa weekend, and they carry out fireworks day and night.
 
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Grayway

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2018 SJPP to Santiago de Compostela
Maybe you could write the albergue and ask them (easier to overcome language issues)? While I don’t know about your situation St Michael’s feast is 29 September and it seemed Spain expands celebrations (fireworks were still going off in Arzua days after Corpus Christi) so if there’s a church of San Miguel near there I suppose it could be that.
Thanks for this suggestion. Your suggestion sounds very reasonable. The explosions were extremely loud and sounded like canon fire.
The A-54 highway is under construction near there. Could it have been blasting for that?
Thanks for your suggestion. Given the date and time I doubt that it was highway construction.
Hi Grayway
Back in 2015 I took my family back to my berth place Malta,we arrived roundabout 10.00am within an hour the town was rocked with explosions.
We found out later that it was their festa weekend, and they carry out fireworks day and night.
Thanks - the joy of celebrations
 

Smallest_Sparrow

Life is rarely what you expect or believe it to be
Past OR future Camino
2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
The explosions were extremely loud and sounded like canon fire.
I live in a rural area of the US. Illegal mortar type fireworks seem to find their way here every 4th and New Years. Or it could even be a cannon I suppose…the Bataan Death March Memorial marathon uses a cannon to start the race, luckily I’d already been to the port-a-Johns just before 😳
 

Doughnut NZ

From Aotearoa New Zealand
Past OR future Camino
2022
During the mid 1980's we were driving along the South coast of Turkey in a very remote part where the road was within metres of the water.

We saw a sign that indicated a site with ancient ruins just off the road at the top of the cliff. As we drove up the cliff I could see a large naval warship just off the coast. This was at a time of considerable hostilities between Turkey and Greece.

We got to the entrance of the ruin site and there was fence around the whole site with a gate across the entrance way with a sort of guard station next to the gate. There was a sign on the gate, in Turkish of course, and we could not understand what the sign said. No Google Translate on mobile phones in those days.

I parked by the gate and got out looking for the guard but couldn't find anyone. I called out loudly but got no response and so I looked at the gate. It was latched but not locked or chained and so I opened the gate, drove in and parked inside. We then got out of the car and started exploring the site.

It was an extensive and interesting site and about 20 minutes after we had been there, there was an explosion not very far away and we were showered with stones. We quickly ducked into shelter and as I moved I noticed what seemed to be smoke from the guns on the warship which was followed by another explosion near by.

I said to my wife "I think that we are being shelled"! Initially I thought that the warship was a Greek ship and wondered why they would be attacking us or this remote ruin. Then I noticed the flag on the stern and saw that it was a Turkish ship which seemed even more strange.

We hunkered down for a while until the explosions stopped. I then went outside, took my white t-shirt off, waved it around and jumped up and down while looking in the direction of the ship.

We couldn't tell if anyone had seen me and so we stayed close to the shelter. There were no more explosions and about 5 minutes later a guy in a uniform drove up in a jeep type vehicle, got out and started yelling at us in Turkish. We couldn't understand what he was saying but we understood that we needed to get out of there and so we got into his vehicle, he drove us to the gate and watched while we got into our car and drove away.

We still don't know what was happening that day but it sure was exciting!
 

planetreker

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2018
During the mid 1980's we were driving along the South coast of Turkey in a very remote part where the road was within metres of the water.

We saw a sign that indicated a site with ancient ruins just off the road at the top of the cliff. As we drove up the cliff I could see a large naval warship just off the coast. This was at a time of considerable hostilities between Turkey and Greece.

We got to the entrance of the ruin site and there was fence around the whole site with a gate across the entrance way with a sort of guard station next to the gate. There was a sign on the gate, in Turkish of course, and we could not understand what the sign said. No Google Translate on mobile phones in those days.

I parked by the gate and got out looking for the guard but couldn't find anyone. I called out loudly but got no response and so I looked at the gate. It was latched but not locked or chained and so I opened the gate, drove in and parked inside. We then got out of the car and started exploring the site.

It was an extensive and interesting site and about 20 minutes after we had been there, there was an explosion not very far away and we were showered with stones. We quickly ducked into shelter and as I moved I noticed what seemed to be smoke from the guns on the warship which was followed by another explosion near by.

I said to my wife "I think that we are being shelled"! Initially I thought that the warship was a Greek ship and wondered why they would be attacking us or this remote ruin. Then I noticed the flag on the stern and saw that it was a Turkish ship which seemed even more strange.

We hunkered down for a while until the explosions stopped. I then went outside, took my white t-shirt off, waved it around and jumped up and down while looking in the direction of the ship.

We couldn't tell if anyone had seen me and so we stayed close to the shelter. There were no more explosions and about 5 minutes later a guy in a uniform drove up in a jeep type vehicle, got out and started yelling at us in Turkish. We couldn't understand what he was saying but we understood that we needed to get out of there and so we got into his vehicle, he drove us to the gate and watched while we got into our car and drove away.

We still don't know what was happening that day but it sure was exciting!
yup...and people ask ....why do you travel???.....love it!
 

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