Ibane’s ramblings

“The biggest danger, that of losing oneself, can pass off in the world as quietly as if it were nothing; every other loss, an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc is bound to be noticed.” S. Kierkegaard

Tourist Army

It has been some time ago that I have decided to skip any tourist activity. I think that I have developed some allergy to this activity when I see two Japanese together with their digital cameras I get some reaction that makes me runaway and trying to find some deserted spot. This feeling probably is coming from when I am visiting my own country, Spain, which has been literally taken over by hordes of tourists from everywhere in the world. Being Spanish main income and economic activity, and especially now that our construction business is so down, I am sorry for my fellow countrymen but I will not consider throwing tons of tomatoes, running after the bulls and drinking late in the night using as excuse the name of some Virgin (I really wonder some times how Spaniards not have become extinct having so many Virgins around) as Research and Development activities.

As example there are cities like Barcelona, walking around Ramblas street is an experience that puzzles me. It is like a huge human river, all ages, nationalities,…like a powerful army ready to destroy any sign of authenticity. The only solution I have found it is just runaway to the other side of the city…with a sad feeling to have been defeated…and all ways come up to my mind the sentence of one colleague from a Nordic country that said:”Oh Barcelona is so nice city, we had such nice mojitos and pizza there!!”.

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