Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.
Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in SpainSpanish Life
- One of Vincent Werner's (very many) complaints about getting things done in Spain is that companies here simply don't respond to emails. This is certainly my experience - again this week - and you can usually only rely on a response if there's a form built into the Customer Attention page on a company's web page. It remains almost as true as ever that the best way to get things done in Spain is face-to-face. After that, the phone. And then email. Don't even think about a letter.
- And then there's the critical importance of the 'personal factor'. If you have it, mountains can be moved very quickly. If you don't . . .
- The Local is still going flat out with advice for 2020, and beyond:-
- Cut-price rail tickets this month.
- Tipping norms in Spain. Non-tipping, to be more accurate.
- Regional/local specialities in the food line.
- Things of interest to adrenalin junkies.
- This morning, I again passed under the low bridge in Alba ('Dawn'), on the outskirts of Pontevedra city. And noticed that only 5 of the 10 hanging metal strips are still in place. One wonders why, given the frequency of accidents there.
- Which has just reminded me that, when I passed in the opposite direction yesterday, there was a car upside down on the grass verge in front of the bridge. Hard to know how it got that way. Possibly going too fast and trying to avoid a truck stuck under the bridge, around a blind corner.
- Still on the 'old road' to Santiago, i. e. not the expensive AP9 autopsista. . . . A few years go - on the edge of a village inexplicably called Slavery (Esclavitud/Esclavitude), a book by a Brit used La Perla on the edge of the village as an example of the profusion of brothels in Spain. But business must have gone south, as I noticed yesterday that the sign has gone and the place is boarded up.
- You'll all be wanting to know re progress on Pontevedra's O Burgo bridge over the last 3 weeks. Well . . . nil. They haven't even finished the railings on one side. Never mind started on the other.
- Anyway, here's what it used to look like. Even before the - now removed - elegant lampposts:-
- Phrase of the Day: Viejo verde. Dirty old man. Nabokov, for example. Literally 'green old man'.
- Slang expressions, from The Local.
Finally . . .
- Boy, can Dutch names be difficult for us poor Anglos . . .