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Habemus papem. Where's my needle?
18 March 2013 @ 20:12

It´s been quite a special experience to live in a Catholic country during the elections of the new Pope. As I like to listen to the radio, my mind was starting to turn crazy from the half hour news telling us nothing, so I was actually quite excited when I heard the famous smoke was coming out white. (A shame it wasn't´s a girl!haha)


So, let me congratulate the Catholics with the election of a seemingly sympathetic pope, let´s hope he´ll be able do do something about the antiquarian institution he's sat to lead.


As I´m trying to do the most out of this year in Spain, not only being a housewife (boooring!) but also learning new things, in January I appointed myself to a sewing course. It´s great. I´m not very good, and have spent most of the days adjusting old trousers, sewing holes and making skirts shorter – and, above all, listening to the ladies' conversation. An italian proverb always comes to my mind: “Tutto il mondo é un paese” – the whole world is a village. That is, we´re all fundamentally the same, all over the world.


The señoras, all with names that start or end with Maria, talk about their (grand)children, the weather – and above all: diets. “I´m trying a new one, you know, the chorizo-diet” “Oh I've tried that one. It´s good, but the problem is staying the same weight. “ “I think it was horrible. Couldn't stand to eat eggs and bacon all the time” “The thing is, you should eat often, and healthy, like me, I always eat an apple at this time of the day” “Well, let me have some of that apple, it must be magic, because you look stunning!” etc etc. Now, last week, the conversation was a bit different.


MariRosa: So, girls. What do you think. Will there be any white smoke coming out this afternoon?

Marilo: I know I shouldn't say so, but it interests me “un culo”. There shouldn't be any Pope!

Pili: Well, maybe you're right. If they all sold only the rings they are wearing, they could help half of Spain out of the crisis.

Rosamary: Well said. Where´s my needle.


So, much to my satisfaction, I discovered that papal elections are not necessarily as important for the common woman as it might seem from the media coverage. I discovered that Spanish ladies with crazy religious names (Marilo = Maria Dolores = Mary (of the wholy?) Pains) are not necessarily as religious as their names suggest. And I silently confirmed that the world really is a village. 


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Patricia (Campana) said:
18 March 2013 @ 20:54

Don't know where the idea arises that Spain is a "Catholic" country. I've lived here for decades (I am Irish) and Spain is very secularized, as is my home country. So I hold no brief for organised religion, at all. That being said, there is nothing "crazy" about Spanish women's first names. In fact my own second name is "Dolores".
Indeed many Spanish assume I am Spanish too.

Far worse are chavvy first names taken from soaps.

MrsCastillo said:
18 March 2013 @ 21:34

Well, Patricia, I as much as I do agree with you that Spain is a secular(ized) country, I would still refer to it as a Catholic one too. Maybe I notice it more, because it interests me, and because I come from a (secularized but still) Protestant country myself.

And the names...well, crazy is not a good word. I was trying to find a better one, but couldn't. Was looking for a word more like "eyebrow-raising" (and again - this is my personal view) When I started to learn Spanish, I was amused and surprised by the names. Maria Dolores is not at all a good example, but what about Encarnacion? Inmaculada Concepcion? Purificacion? I find the meaning of these names quite...what can I say? Unusual, and amusing, and very, very religious. And I find it strange to think that parents choose these names without thinking about the meaning of them. Don't get me wrong - I like these names, even if I find them strange.

And the Spanish Jessicas and Melissas are a phenomenon just as crazy and amusing, maybe.

eggcup said:
18 March 2013 @ 23:00

My Spanish neighbour recently slagged off Juan Carlos, which I've never heard her do before. Maybe the royal family and the Church are on their way out! People seem to be seeing things differently.

MrsCastillo said:
19 March 2013 @ 20:43

Yes, things seem to be changing, absolutely! I think the whole country is going through a deep and important change, just as Greece and Italy. I'm very curious to find out where they'll end up. Surely, things will never be the same after this profound crisis. Just think about all the talented young people being forced to go abroad to find a job...I know quite a few of them, and the whole situation is heartbreaking. I don't know if the Kings abdication will do the trick for the growing number of Spanish I said, I'm eager to find out what will happen to this wonderful country.

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