The best thing about being a language assistant in Spain is having these long weekends away, and this weekend was made even longer by a “puente.”
Puente: A puente is when a holiday in Spain falls on a Tuesday or Thursday and, to make a long weekend, workers don’t need to work the Monday or Friday in between. i.e. forget la crisis, let’s take a holiday.
In Australia, on Cup Day for example, people usually just “pull a sickie.”
To get to Malaga from here, it’s a bus to Seville then an Alsa bus from Seville to Malaga. Our journey was delayed roughly 15 minutes by a young mother who was stopped by the driver for not buying a ticket for her son, who was sitting on her lap. This of course, prompted her to play the crisis card. “Estoy en paro, hay una crisis, no hay dinero, no tiene que pagar el precio completo en las aviones.” etc etc. The rest of the bus chimed in, but eventually she had to pay for a ticket for her son. I know it’s easy to judge the situation as an outsider, so that’s what I’m gona do.
Firstly, we were on a Supra Economy bus, the ticket for this ride is a little higher. Why did she have to go on one of these buses? Secondly, why didn’t she check the terms and conditions with the company/driver initially? I really feel for some of the Spaniards who are suffering from the crisis, but sometimes I don’t always agree. For example:
- Malaga at night was beautiful. Why? Because there were beautiful Christmas lights everywhere (photos below). Stunning, actually. Made a little less stunning though by the $600,000 price tag. To be fair, many Malagueños were apparently against this.
- There was a big ruckus coming from outside the town hall. People stood outside there ALL DAY with whistles and what-not making a whole lot of noise, demanding the usual: more money, more jobs, etc. I know I am not in a position to judge, but one thing is obvious: Spain has no money. No amount of whistling is going to change this. Sure there are better things to do with all this extra time? I’m not saying there shouldn’t be any protests, but this type of general protest which seeks to merely disrupt someone else’s workplace just seems like a fruitless task.
Anyway, here are my words in pictures: