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Life in Culebrón is a disconnected series of pieces about the banal and ordinary of everyday life in an inland Alicante village seen from my very British perspective.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Knowing you're in Andalucia

We went to a town called Cazorla over the weekend which is in the province of Jaen, part of the region of Andalucia.

Andalucia provides Spain with lots of its streotypes. Bull fighting is big in Andalucia, they dance and sing Flamenco, lots of the men are swarthy with slicked back hair, men ride their prancing horses in amongst the traffic and women wear the big swirly dressses given half a chance.

We were sitting outside a bar having a bit of a snack and a beer a little before midnight. The town square, Santa Maria, was full of kids riding bikes, kicking footballs and doing what children do. Just opposite us a girl of about 12 was showing some younger children how to do the rhythmic flamenco clapping and how to match that to a few dance steps. Her mum occasionally passed by and gave her a hand with practical demonstrations.

Another generation learning how to be Andaluz.

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