I had a kind comment on one of my blog entries from a lady who lives and works in Madrid. She says that people might wrongly think that living and working in Spain is on the slow side compared to the rest of the world, but in Madrid that is very much not the case!
I believe her. Madrid is the centre of government and business, full of hustle and bustle. Andalucia? Not so much. And rural Andalucia? Very much not so much! There is hustle and bustle, just not all the time!
For example, last weekend was the big fiesta of the year, celebrating the patron saint of Yunquera. (Don’t ask me about that, because I don’t know too much about patron saints!) But people certainly were ‘hustling and bustling’ on their way to the fiesta! You definitely didn’t want to stop and chat, because you might miss out on some of the huge free paella, or the start of the dancing!
We fiesta-ed with the best of them over the weekend. Kenton was out late Friday night (while dogs and I retired to bed). Then Saturday night, both of us were out filming and partying. Sunday? Tapas with friends, while watching the paella cook.
So now it’s over. The carnival rides have packed up, the churingitos (small temporary bars) are put away, the streets are quiet. Until the next fiesta in 2 weeks time, that is – when we’ll be celebrating the “Chestnuts and Wine” festival!