GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SUMMING UP THE SPANIARDS, AN ACCOUNT OF HOW SOME FAMOUS TRAVELLERS HAVE SEEN SPAIN,” 3 OCTOBER 1969 — (4) Barbers, Bandits, Bulllfighters & Beautiful Women »
Brenan sees Spain's waiters one of the most striking and representative of the country. They move with the ballet dancer's precision and operatic air. So are the barbers in their own way. A most favorite subject is the bullfight, said by some to be a barbarous and pagan left-over from the days of the Romans. But not Hemingway who finds it complex and compelling. And there are the women. Dumas: "There so many beautiful women along the Prado that only a plain woman is remarkable." As numerous in the travellers' mind are the bandits, thinking Spain is full of them.
Contrary to most of the stereotypes linked with Spain, most countries see the Spaniards as tolerant, reliable, democratic, pacifist, honest, strong, humanitarian and hard-working!
"For a country that is traditionally and historically connected to the Catholic Church, it is heartwarming to see so many Spaniards in support of equal rights for their LGBT friends, family, and fellow citizens"
“Something so sad is turning into something so beautiful and great; it is making us love our brother, our friends and our country more.”
“I’m back in Madrid, the city where I found myself. The city I adore. I’m back for good”
"I could talk endlessly about the beauty of Madrid , its architecture and all that it offers. But what struck me the most about the city was its atmosphere"
“When Spain woke up on Friday morning and found that the UK was leaving the EU, they were so shocked you’d think it was a personal blow”
“At first glance there is a huge difference between the German and the Spanish handling of the refugee situation”
“I nibble this, I nibble that/But never finish what I’m at”