You might’ve read here that we visited Bilbao, in northern Spain, in late September this year.
This part of Spain is known as green Spain, because it rains. The weather is like our own, variable. On our holiday, some days it was sunny and hot, others overcast, and occasionally rainy. We noticed on the overcast days the number of people carrying umbrellas. We, of course, being holidaymakers, had none.
One day, while we were in the centre of Bilbao, we were caught out by a heavy rainstorm that we didn’t think was worth waiting out. Eschewing the excellent public transport to get back to our hotel, we bought an umbrella each from El Cortes Ingles, who had masses of good quality umbrellas from which to choose.
Anyway, the whole point of relating this story is to point out the cultural difference between this part of Spain and the UK. It’s this. In the UK we hope for, nay irrationally expect, dry weather. We are often unprepared when it rains, not everyone, and not all the time, of course. In green Spain, they know it’ll rain, and travel both expecting, and being prepared for it.
It’s this photo of a demonstration in Bilbao a couple of days ago, in support of arrested politicians – how odd, not sure it would happen here – when the march was a sea of umbrellas. That, I feel certain, wouldn’t be the case in the UK.
Hattip: Reuters for photo