25 September 2022: Beautiful Spain; Schooling in Spain; Funny pilgrims; Spanish rules; & Other stuff

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Awake! For, Morning, in the Bowl of Night, has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight
And, Lo, has caught the Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable
Christopher Howse: ‘A Pilgrim in Spain’

Cosas de España/Galiza 

Sometimes the breathtaking beauty of Spain’s landscape and beaches makes you feel as though you must have stepped onto another world. More here.

For parents residents in Spain . . . Eleven things to consider when choosing a school.

There’s been a decade of tax folly, says Fernando, Gonzalez Urbaneja of The Corner here. Born, he avers, of a failure to implement the reforms that the governments of both stripes knew were essential. 

The estimable Mac75 gives us The Unknown story of Spain keeping the Russians at bay 

An awful lot of camino ‘pilgrims look at their phones as they walk. At least in Pv city but perhaps not once they get to open country. Possibly checking they’re on the right street. But can they really lack confidence in the many yellow arrows and the conch symbols on the walls and in the pavement?

There’ll be a magical cello and piano concert in my house tonight. Shame I can’t invite you all. But if you’re passing . . .

Ukraine v Russia

Richard North here endorses my view that no one really knows what’s happening in Ukraine or what Putin will do next to save his skin. More than a tad worrying.

The Way of the World


The equally estimable Don Pablo tells us here about the RAE’s  new rules on to Spanish. In the UK, of course, we’re blessed by not having such an august institution out of touch with the street. The people rule. For better or worse. Ditto the USA, I believe.

Finally   . . . .   

To amuse . . .

For new readers: If you’ve landed here looking for info on Galicia or Pontevedra, try here. If you’re passing through Pontevedra on the Camino, you’ll find a guide to the city there.


  1. No, English doesn’t have an Academy. But, it did have a prestigious gathering of scholars to determine the translation, and best language use, to create a Bible for the English speaking Protestants. The original King James version is still a masterpiece. Sometimes, committees do get things done, and done well.


  2. Downloaded the tarifaluz app Colin.
    Very useful, quite shocking that often the so called cheap period is often amongst the most expensive.
    It has helped us plan key events like ironing, sticking the washing machine on and toasting bread.
    I jest on that last one.


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