Heartbeat: A journey through the fiestas of Spain
By Simon Prichard
Published: June 21, 2013.
Simon Prichard's unique quest in search of 'fiesta forever' takes him to the soul of Spain. Among many other quirky local festivals, he attends a medieval scourging, a drunken tree-climbing contest and a parade by cross-dressing soldiers. He is also beaten with burning torches by an entire village. Simon learns a lot about Spain's genius for celebration - and some surprising things about himself.