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curtis to la coruña…

Back in Spain…again…back to almost no internet…coin operated PCs in local bars…it’s always a challenge…

…the train from the small village of Curtis (see previous post) to the port of La Coruña, immaculately clean and just like Galicia, full of old people… Galicia (region just above Portugal in the north west corner of Spain) is full of fjords or rias in gallego, the indigenous galician language (i guess in Scots it’s a firth), and on this 1 hour journey you go past the Ria of Betanzos as well as that of La Coruña…

on the road…

The road to Santiago is paved with the blood and blisters of pilgrims and… sort of good intentions…

HOWEVER…despite the gripes of my previous post, there are always some corners of beauty to be found…even in Curtis!…

mitigating circumstances…

(this morning, sunrise in Galicia – no photoshop, it really looked like that…must get up early more often)

So now I find myself in Galicia for a wee bit…and as the photograph below implies am not exactly in a metropolis! Expect some foodie posts!

In the mean time let me tell you of my modest cyber circumstances. If I walk a couple of kms or so I get to a bar in Curtis (NOT as in “Mayfield” but pronounced “coor-teese”) In this smoky bar there are a couple of coin operated PCs…of modest abilities that eat money a lot for a living.

It is here amongst the brimming ashtrays and table football (yes they still smoke EVERYWHERE here!!!) and highly erratic opening hours that I attempt the occasional post so please…bear with me…

Yes…it is written…“CURTIS, closer to heaven”!!! (in gallego – local language used by all – and castellano – official spanish -) I can only guess we are referring to altitude here (600m above sea level)…and FYI I have spent a LOT of time here over the years so am allowed to throw a few digs at Curtis!!

Oh…and the photos do not exaggerate, Curtis ain’t pretty…and Galicia is in general very pretty… and i often think that Aki Kaurismäki could set a film here (though maybe even for him…it’s a little too quiet!!)