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Spain is … limpiar

I’ve been on the ground in Spain for a bit over 24 hours and already something is evidently clear: their ground is clean.

There’s no trash anywhere.

Why that is I don’t know. It may be there are clearly not as many fast food joints, people walk more or there’s simply not a disposition to throw things away.

If Espana is like other European countries, the recycling rate is very high vs. the U.S. They are environmentally conscious, not just on trash but realization global warming is real, broad support for clean mass transportation, energy efficient small cars, etc. But quite literally, I haven’t spied enough litter to fill one bag. It’s amazing.

Sure, my judgment is based on one day. But in that day I’ve walked in Barcelona and Pamplona and so I’ve liked what I’ve seen. Or not seen.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I was a writer by trade so one would think letters would come easily for me. It is so now, but wasn't always that way. Indeed, the first letter was written the Monday after Ellen started her freshman year in college. For years I've wondered - with no good answers - why I swiveled my office chair toward my computer screen to fire up a word processing document for that first letter. I just don't know. I just did. Perhaps it was the angst of separation or wanting to say things that had gone unsaid at that moment when we parted ways in front of her college dormitory. What was a one-off became habitual. When her brother Reid enrolled in the same college, his name was added to the salutation line. They were kids then and are adults now. No matter. The letter writing habit remains so today. I live in Brevard, North Carolina. I'm well away from where they live and don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. That's why letters, at least to me, fill the void of distance. The pages give me something to say and the space to say it. There is no assurance they read the letters; indeed, I have never asked if they do so. With the pace of their busy lives who could blame them for letting a letter sit unopened? Over time, it has dawned on me that the letters are both communicative - and cathartic. By nature, letters are about the writer; the writer can only write about their situation. Perhaps that is as it should be. It's all about the here and now from one person's perspective.

1 Comment on Spain is … limpiar

  1. Richard Bargoil, Community Development Blogger // September 15, 2017 at 8:42 pm // Reply

    Dave, I thought we might have time for a beer before we all went our separate paths. I had planned brief you for what will seem to be far too much toilet tissue you are likely to encounter along your Camino. We men just take a whiz wherever we can find a place; however, women are a bit more proper and using tissue to dry themselves. Sherry finally insisted that I stop thinking about it. My only advice is to assume the tissues you encounter are biodegradable and will take care of itself. If this is still a,challenge, then you will can resort to partaking of good and very affordable wine, which should help with the distraction. Enjoy!

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