Spanish views from a small town

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Spanish views from a small town
A blog about an American living in a small Spanish town. I write about life in general and experiences in particular. Sometimes I ramble through memories of another time.
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  • The Adjusted Normal, 30. The Eyes Bleed. 3 hours ago When learning a foreign language, one comes across many strange problems. Sometimes, those problems, like spelling, are already a problem for the native speakers. The lack of quality in spelling in modern times tends to reflect a lessened habit of reading, and a greater habit of writing short...
  • The Adjusted Normal, 29. Voting the Usual Result. 1 day ago Well, the regional elections have come and gone. And we're back where we were the day before. The conservative PP have won another majority for another four years. Why was I expecting any different?Yesterday morning, when I drove by, there was an evenly spaced line outside our parish polling place....
  • The Adjusted Normal, 28. Saint Chrisopher and Others. 2 days ago I don't understand. Why is a barbecue always a good idea on a hot summer's day? Aren't fires supposed to be lit when it's cold, to warm you?¬†Yet, despite the heat, we made a barbecue this morning on our lareira, the flat stone in a corner of our barn under a wide chimney. Once upon a time, the...
  • The Adjusted Normal, 27. A Gem in Danger. 3 days ago Back at the end of May, in 2015, I went with my daughter to an AC/DC concert in Madrid. The concert was on a Sunday evening, and that midday found us walking through the streets of the neighborhood La Latina, down a street filled with stands selling all different kinds of clothes. It was the famous...
  • The Adjusted Normal, 26. Polarity. 4 days ago Last night, perusing Facebook, I was surprised to see an acquaintance change their profile picture to one of them in Santiago, standing with the leader of Vox. My thumb was arrested in its scrolling, and I slowly groaned, "nooooo."The acquaintance in question is young, around my daughter's age....

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