Friday, January 10, 2020

Thoughts from Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain: 10.1.20

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.   
                  Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in Spain
Spanish 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:-
  1. Cut-price rail tickets this month.
  2. Tipping norms in Spain. Non-tipping, to be more accurate.
  3. Regional/local specialities in the food line.
  4. Things of interest to adrenalin junkies.
Galician Life
  • 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:-

And this is now:-

Nutters/Shysters Corner
  1. Phrase of the Day: Viejo verde. Dirty old man. Nabokov, for example. Literally 'green old man'.
  2. Slang expressions, from The Local.
Finally . . . 
  • Boy, can Dutch names be difficult for us poor Anglos . . .


Maria said...

La Perla transformed into another name before finally closing. Just before it, on the left hand side, used to be Las GGG. Then, it became Moder, a furniture store that was always closed. Now, it seems to have become a private residence. Before we get there, just before Grúas Estación, was the Sheraton. Now, it's just a rotting building, with even the blinds disappearing. There was also one just before the Scala hotel, painted purple, that is no longer operative. The only one that seems to be hanging on is the Dama del Lago, at the end of Picaraña.

Colin Davies said...

Thanks, Maria. I was going to write. . . .^Perhaps the owners got fed up of changing the name after every police raid' but didn't know they actually had!