One Day in Spain
Our car’s driver turned off the modern auto route bordering the Mediterranean and away from Costa del Sol’s hotels, condos, and strip malls towards the mountains and small villages of Andalucia. We made our way up the twisting two lane mountainous road towards a Spain where life is lived at a slower pace.
The passing of time in 2018 had not changed the character of these somewhat remote mountain villages mostly populated by an older generation while many of the younger generation have left for urban life in Madrid, Barcelona and beyond. The young have been replaced by small communities of British expats that have Anglicized daily life a bit, though to my eye it seemed the Spanish and expat British communities’ live life apart from one another.
A day in the life is having a leisurely breakfast with friends and neighbors in the village café, hanging out on the village hall stoop, some grocery shopping at the local mercado and then siesta when the scorching midday sun bakes the village.
When the sun sets and night falls the streets are quiet again.