Monday, November 22, 2010

Behind my house, the Great Wall of Poio continues on its caracolean way towards infinity. Or at least completion.

By my assessment, topping it off with a concrete parapet and railings will have taken around two months. Assuming it’s finished this week.

But, anyway, here’s the wall next to a lamppost, giving you some idea of its (allegedly illegal) height.


And now a lesson in Gallego . . .  This sign says No Parking: Except Buses. So I guess the cars under it are visitors from Madrid. Like the guy of a month or so who got fined 300 euros for not understanding the local language. But what can you expect if you don’t take the trouble to learn the basics of the language of the country you’re visiting. Even if it is part of your own.

Here’s another shop – one of Pontevedra’s multitudinous pastry places.

Everything looks fantastic but my French ex-partner and my ex-Paris-resident daughter agree that they flatter to deceive. Especially when it comes to anything containing what appears to be cream. I have to say, though, that the Jesuista I bought today was a delightful blend of almonds and lemons. Anyone got any idea as to why it’s called what it is?

Talking of my daughter, she’s just posted the 11th chapter of her latest novel here and it’s her birthday tomorrow. What better reason could you have for taking a look at it? Go on, cheer her up.

Finally . . .  If you’re Iberian, you may not want to read this rather pessimistic article from our resident Jeremiah, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. “The eurozone” he claims “will face its moment of existential danger the day that Portugal is forced to tap the EU bail-out fund.” 

At the end of the article, Ambrose posits a couple of options for saving the EU and asks “Any better ideas out there?”. Well . . . . ?


Mike the Traditionalist said...

Looking at the wall in the first picture I would imagine without it that building on the left would eventually end up in the road if the bank gave way without support.

Martin said...


You always seem very critical of the cakes and pastries in Galicia. I have to say that I have the complete opposite view. When we are fortunate enough to be over there we partake of them almost every day, particularly the mini ones that you buy per kilo. We were in Otley (West Yorkshire) last week where a shop selling nothing but “cup cakes” has just opened. The price per (2 ½ inch diameter) icing topped bun - £1.50. Give me the Galician selection any time.


Colin said...


Well, I did say I like my Jesuista. It's really the French-pastry-experienced who moan. I'll eat anything. Cheers.