LUZIAs headquarters inauguration party

After a year of hard work, transforming a 100 year old lavadero into an atico, we were ALMOST ready. With great anticipation we prepared Casa Casa-nova for the fiesta that would inaugurate the atico as a home and also Luzia HQ. We scrubbed terraces, gardened, cooked and decorated, in bright sunshine with cooling Poniente, and a background soundtrack cornets playing the authentic marching tunes that inspired Miles’ ’Sketches of Spain’.

At the last minute the electrician connected the WORKING new telefonillo. And then you all arrived… All beautifully dressed and bearing goodies to add to the fiesta… slightly out of breath from the ascent up the stairs!

First came Javier and Gloria, bang on time and sharply dressed, then lovely Simo, beaming face with a huge bunch of flowers, Asier and Juani in fine fettle, Luisa with her cool new haircut and party frock, Ismael with his glorious catching humour, Mer – more fun, Mario, with Maria José and Nico, enjoying the fruit of last year’s labours, Maripi, Paco, Roberto and Germán with great enthusiasm, followed by Inma and Julian, Arantxa and Ignacio, Andrea, Jaime, Marina and Julian, Arsenio, Alex – great to see you all! It took ourselves a moment to adjust into true party mode but once all our friends were in the house, the atmosphere warmed up the terraces like a micro-climate, and everyone mingled with great spirits.

It was one of those parties where people really enjoyed each other’s company. It was a real treat to see our space filled with familiar faces amongst the foliage, enjoying our homemade dishes, funky music, and not least, the projection of the black & white Metropolis movie on the tower next door, wrapping those evocative Fritz Lang scenes around the corner, and the small window of the tower fitting right into the movie as if it was meant to be there. And late… when the time came to turn the music down, the place was still full of people; everyone assembling around the table, telling jokes.

The outgoing photo call was perhaps a little less elegant than the incoming, but considerably more joyous and rowdy.

In the early morning hours… when everyone had left … we looked at each other and our surroundings, laughing and shaking our heads. We had both neglected to dress up, and Nacho had gotten so into the photo call that he had forgotten to put out the delicious tortillas and empanadas he had cooked…. But hey, what was left was the evidence of a fabulous party. It was a fun, spirited and friendly fiesta, completely free of posers and wallflowers, and here is a big thank you to our friends for coming, and making it such a smashing house-warming!


Check out the short video we managed to produce



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