PERCEPTION is a strange thing. Disparaging remarks are often made about the Costas’ concrete jungles.
On the other hand people gaze up at Andalucía’s white villages and dream; that is my Spain.
Is it really? Over the years I experienced both. The so-called concrete jungles are not what they seem.
I found them tranquil; models of communal pleasantness, where everyone is friendly and supportive.
Circumstances meant my living for seven months in a pueblo blanco.
It is so beautiful and famous tourists often outnumber the inhabitants.
I was a bird in a golden cage shared by strange species.
Streets the width of a driveway with screaming off-the-road bikes constantly racing past. It is half a kilometre to park the car. A neighbour releases his hounds of hell several times a day.
A ‘stroll’ to the shops needs mountain climbing techniques.
Moral of the story: be careful what you wish for; it might come true.
Politics can be funny business
HE does have a sense of humour: Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy spent his 57th birthday at a Nuclear Security Summit.
He remarked, ‘getting a year older is never good but not getting a year older is worse.’
That said he has met the U.S. President personally on two occasions.
Some would say that requires a good sense of humour. Rajoy is pencilled in to meet the American President in September.
Every vote counts for Obama.
I know the Jewish lobby in Washington DC is powerful, more so than the American Irish even.
I wonder if the latter could be taken over by the Hispanic vote.