A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Something’s afoot in Yunquera

Zapatero had better watch out. The ladies in Yunquera are up in arms!

I drove into town this morning to post a Lujos parcel, and to go to the supermarket to pick up a few groceries. I needed to buy a chicken, which means a trip to the fresh meat counter (no ‘buy and hope’ wrapping for fresh meat here in Yunquera – you get a chance to look over your purchase before you buy!).

Teresa runs the meat counter. She is the mother of the man who owns the supermarket, and has always worked there, at least as far as we know! She looks quite tall, but that’s only  because she stands on a raised plank behind the meat counter! In fact, she’s only about 5′ 2″!

When she’s in a good mood, and there is a suitable size audience of ladies waiting for their meat, she sets the world to rights. Arms waving, shouting, marching up and down the plank – we are treated to her opinions on life, the universe and everything. On one of her better days, you can wait for 20 minutes or more before she’ll ask you what you want!

Today it was very much one of her good days! Politics was the topic of the day. 5 of  us stood in front of the meat counter as Teresa railed against the government.

For those who don’t know Spanish politics, Zapatero is currently prime minister. His party is slightly left of centre. Although Yunquera is very much a socialist town, this didn’t prevent Teresa from railing against the national and regional governments.

Zapatero and the rest of the socialists get fat while those running shops suffer. The crisis will destroy us all while they sit in their houses and get rich.

There were nods of agreement from the Ladies Who Wait. This village, and others in Spain, has been hard hit by the recession, with small agriculture suffering, and tourism and construction down to zero.

And Spaniards do not have much patience. They are very vocal about what needs to be done, and are not afraid to put their vote on the line. I’ve never seen people so totally involved in politics – so Zapatero better take heed and do something fast!

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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