I’m on holiday in Spain at the moment, and I’m really enjoying seeing places I’ve never been to before. Even more enjoyable is seeing my children, who are now old enough to understand and appreciate the differences in culture that we’ve come across, absorb it all and fall in love with a new place and people.
There is something thrilling about realizing that there is a shop just for hats, or just for knives or wool. That department stores are not common and people buy their groceries from the massive uncover markets we’ve found in Barcelona and Valencia. Where you can talk to the stall holder while he cuts you a piece of cheese off a huge wheel and despite language differences, you all leave satisfied with a meaningful conversation.
One of the most clear differences is the time of day people do things. Dinner is from 9pm, but really more like 10pm. It took my 9 year old a few days to get into the swing of that. He’s usually in bed by 8pm. And what I love is the attention to detail on the old buildings. They really don’t make them like they used to. I’m all for a return to thoughtful, beautiful details in our buildings. We’d all be happier Practical shouldn’t mean not beautiful.
Do you have a place you go that is totally different from where you live? Or a place you’d love to visit?