The Spain that many people ignore

vickylass By vickylass, 3rd Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If anyone thought that Spain is only sun, sea and a badly made paella that has passed by a good one, then, I'm sorry to say one's been misled by a badly planned tourist industry.

The Spain that many people ignore

Whenever I've lived and travelled in other European countries, I was amazed on how little people knew Spain if they did at all.
To start with, I'll say that it has the four seasons just like any other European country, or, at least, any other Western European one. Therefore, it isn't perennially hot and sunny. These regions by the sea may have a mild Winter, but it's still cold enough. In other regions, such as the inland ones, below zero temperatures and a lot of snow are guarantied every Winter, particularly in the mountainous regions, which is most of the country, I'd say.
In past times, it was said that a squirrel could cross the whole of the country from south to north without having to touch the ground, but jumping from one tree to another. On these days, it'd have it a bit more difficult not to touch the ground because of speculation of the soil and a badly planned tourist industry, but it still has varied and abundant vegetation and breath taking landscape.
Not a town or a city look like the same from one to another, but there's an enormous difference between these towns in the north and these in the south or in central Spain.
Apart from the fact that Spaniards tend to be talkative and that they speak very fast, there's a difference between the ones living up north, inland or down in the south as well as with their temper and lifestyle.
It's the European country that has more festivals of all sorts the year round.
Spanish gastronomy can't perhaps compete with French one, but it stands as one of the most varied and fine if.... cooked well with all the ingredients!
Most of the bad publicity comes from governments that sold a wrong image of the country, but we should be curious enough to do as folks like Paul Bowles (1) and other adventurous and curious travellers did.
And as said in Spain, I've left a lot more to say, or write, in the inkwell!
(1) Paul Bowles's only tie with the US was his editor. He packed up and left to travel all over the south of Spain to end his days in Morocco.
Gerald Brennan at the end of world war two picked his RAF pension to settle down in the Alpujarras in Granada. I'd recommend reading his book entitled Down south in Granada.

(C) Copyright. Vicky Pino. February 3, 2015.


Governments, Image, Paul Bowles, Tourist Industry

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3rd Feb 2015 (#)

Great post.

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4th Feb 2015 (#)

Such great variety of customs, monuments, gastronomy and lifestyle may be because of all the different civilizations that set foot on the then Iberian Peninsula in the past.

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