Upon my arrival in Rota, I was expecting a small and quiet little coastal town with sleepy streets. Little did I know, the night I arrived the entire city was preparing for their annual festival celebrating 'urta a la roteña' which is a very popular fish dish for the city. Needless to say, the city was filled with everything but tranquility! The old quarter of the town was decorated with lights, paper lanterns and sequin fish hanging all throughout the streets. Being the fiesta was about the 'urta', what a better way to celebrate it than have a food tasting competition between all the various restaurants of Rota! Using the fish in traditional ways to modern and even cross-cultural, the aroma of fish, spices, and more filled the salty air and of course, I tried more than I probably should have! Aside from the food, there was a small carnival for all the children to partake on rides and bungee jump on a trampoline, which I will admit I wanted to do in the worst way! All in all, I found a pleasant surprise in what I thought was going to be a quiet, little sea town of Rota.
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