27 September 2021

Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable
– Christopher Howse: ‘A Pilgrim in Spain’

Cosas de España/Galiza

The question of whether smoking is now allowed at terrace tables was surely answered by the young lady here, who – for long stretches – stood 2 meters apart from her partner midday last Friday. Though not conversing with him, as both of them spent these periods glued to their phones:-

This morning I might well have witnessed the apogee of Spanish individualism/selfishness – a chap who, after reading all the news in the café’s copy of the Voz de Galicia then kept the paper to himself for the next hour or more while he did all the puzzles on the 2 pages at the back of it. While drinking his single coffee. If ever there was a case for financing your own copy, this was surely it.

I read in said VdG this morning that Portugal has bought some fast trains from Spain for a future high-speed service between Oporto and Vigo which will reduce the journey time from 2.5 hours to 30 minutes. Given that there’s no sign yet of the tracks that would be needed, I fear I might not live to avail myself of this service,

Nice to see this old British Bedford vehicle in the (not cheap) Wine Experience feature of WOW in the Gaia barrio of Oporto:-

The view from my hotel window in Oporto. They don’t make roofs like this any more:-


New word for me: Jabato: Spear-thrower; Daredevil

Finally . . .

Can you believe that eBay employs numerous folk to check the authenticity of secondfoot trainers on sale for more than 150 euros, using more than 30 criteria.

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