I don’t know what happened last week but I completely forgot to write any posts after Monday!? So I will try to catch up this week:
I didn’t participate in last Friday’s Theme / Show & tell since I felt that I had already said all I had to say about Walpurgis Night / 30th April / 1st May last year. However, this weekend I was working on a photobook (MyPublisher, just like Annika in Virginia) for my grandmother and I found a really cool photo of her, my father and a bonfire on the beach… (for you non-Swedes: Walpurgis Night on the 30th April we lit bonfires in Sweden, I think that it is an old pagan tradition but it is also officially the last day before summer that you can make a fire to burn garden waste etc without a permit)
A bonfire on the beach, spring 2003
Some of you might remember my blog posts from last year about the housing boom in Spain (Overpriced and over-developed: the Spanish housing market). Well, I read a very sad article today (in Swedish, sorry but here’s another one in English) about the Spanish building crisis – or rather economic disaster in general – there are 3.5 million empty homes in Spain and 17% of the population is unemployed!! No wonder when the building industry consistuted 11% of the economy! The article tells the story of the village called Espera* where 80% is unemployed and 35 out of 40 construction companies have gone bankrupt. However, consider this – the village has 4000 inhabitants and there were 40 – (FORTY!!) companies devoted to construction! Something was definitely wrong from the beginning, but the situation was similar all over the country…
O is definitely right when he says that now is not the time to move to Spain – so just like I wrote yesterday, Brussels it probably is – post-Puerto Rico!
*) One of the Spanish families interviewed has a puppy called Obama – that’s what I call globalisation 😉