As we walk through the streets of Yunquera, we say ‘hola’ to everyone we meet. It’s expected, the done thing. Even going into the bank, everyone says ‘hello’ when you walk in, and you say ‘goodbye’ as you leave. It is considered good manners.
We have been asked by Spanish friends why the English don’t like it here. When we ask what they mean, they explain. The English walk through town looking unhappy, and with their heads down. They don’t say hello to anyone, nor do they stop to talk to people they know. Ah, we say, it’s not that the English don’t like it here, they act like that all the time!
Makes you think. I remember as a child walking down the streets of my hometown, and you would, as a matter of course, say ‘hi’ to people. Again, the done thing.
Whatever has happened to the rest of the world?
Again, same thing – in town this morning. We ran into an English acquaintance, and he said he had noticed that the doors were wide open on a campo house belonging to a friend who used to live here, but who had returned to the UK. It appeared to this acquaintance that the house might have been broken into.
Off we go to check it out. Sure enough, the patio doors had been removed, and several things stolen.
How depressing. We are pretty sure we know who did this, but it can’t be proven. Also, several people had already passed by the house and noticed that it was wide open. Why did no one stop to secure the house?
Alright, I confess. There is no ugly for today!