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Thoughts from Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain

Random thoughts from a Brit in the North West. Sometimes serious, sometimes not. Quite often curmudgeonly.

Thoughts from Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain: 1.8.21    
01 August 2021 @ 08:37

Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable. 

- Christopher Howse: 'A Pilgrim in Spain' 

Note: I’ve been posting my blog in 3 places in the last year, including here. I’ve now reduced this to 2 and, as tomorrow. I will be confining posts to one site on Wordpress. This is the link, if you want to start using it now.  Maybe sign up for email receipt, as this helps me understand my readership.

Cosas de España/Galiza 

Walking the camino yesterday, I told my British visitors that - despite having 1,000 years to do it - the adjacent regions of Galicia and Asturias hadn't managed to agree on how to show the way to Santiago. In Galicia, I said, the yellow arrows went the 'feathers' of the stylised concha, thus:-

Whereas those in Asturias pointed in the opposite way.  A couple of kilometres later, we came across proof that Galician municipalities can't even agree amongst themselves:-

How very Spanish to be different . . .

My thanks to Lenox Napier of Business Over Tapas for these items. 

From Sur:: Why do the Spanish all live in flats? Only 34 per cent of people in France live in apartment blocks, while in Spain the figure is almost double. A combination of factors explains the trend, it says. 

From El País:: The migrants bringing small rural communities back to life in Spain. Several projects run by non-profits are helping asylum seekers find jobs and housing in villages at risk of disappearing due to population exodus, such as Brañuelos in León province.

   María's Not So Fast: Days 24-27: Change is real.

The EU/Germany

Couple of British headlines:

Blow to Merkel as the German economy struggles to bounce back. Italy and Spain are driving the eurozone recovery but now risk being flattened by the delta variant. Germany's economy failed to recover as fast as had been expected in the three months to June, dealing a fresh blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel as she prepares to stand down after September's elections.

The EU’s vaccine failures will leave a toxic legacy. AstraZeneca has bent over backwards to do the right thing and been punished every step of the way.

Finally  . . .  

Note: If you’ve landed here looking for info on Galicia or Pontevedra, try here

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