Today’s theme of Power can have different meanings, and the meaning I have chosen is not the same as for the Swedish word “makt” which was the word Taina has chosen. However, I hope that she doesn’t mind that I use “Power” in one of its English definitions… (it is actually an excuse for me to show you some more photos from Spain 😉 )
Power: a particular form of mechanical or physical energy: e.g. hydroelectric power (Definition No 17 out of 32, from Dictionary.com)
One afternoon (before eating lunch so maybe not afternoon for Spaniards who eat really late) when we were in Spain, O’s mother asked us to come with her to a neighbouring village to buy meat. While O and his mother spent 20 minutes (minimum!) in the carnicería, buying different cuts of meat (beef, lamb, pork, chicken) and sausages (chorizo, longaniza) I walked around the village trying to take some photos. But something was annoying me – everywhere I turned the camera, there were power cables; tangled across the streets, on the walls of the houses… Maybe not all of them were power cables, but telephone lines but they were everywhere!
Well, you can see for yourselves in these photos:
At the same time the streets are almost always deserted – it is rare to see people walking in the street. People seem to like their cars almost as much as the Americans and Puerto Ricans! The flags across the street were probably left after a celebration (celebrations are an integral part of Spanish village life – religious holidays such as Easter and the days of the patron saints etc)
On the way to Zaragoza from O’s village there is a whole town dedicated to power, La Muela (meaning: molar / back tooth or millstone which is quite suitable considering the modern-style wind mills!). The landscape is covered in wind turbines, and it is quite impressive to drive on the motorway in the night when the only thing you see is hundreds of blinking red lights!
Another fascinating phenomenon in Spanish villages is the loudspeakers: The quality of the film below is not very good (and very brief) but I was attempting to catch the announcement from the loudspeakers, which are set up all over the villages. They announce important events in the village, offers from the shops (“Today the carnicería has a special offer on 1 kg of chorizo”) and during Christmas time they play Christmas songs!!! Crazy if you ask me and maybe no wonder that I sometimes long for some peace and quiet when in Spain!
Other Friday theme participants:
Anki, Anna, Anne, Anne-Marie, Annika, Bejla, Desiree, Erica, Helena, IamAnnika, IngaBritt, Jenny, Mais-oui, Mrs Clapper, Musikanta, Nilla, Olgakatt, Petra H, Pettas, Saltis, Strandmamman, and Taina.