our first ramble
get up at least an hour earlier than yesterday...
is overcast and humid. After breakfast, into town to buy bread,
then we go on our first walk up
the Barranco Planos and down the Camino de la Rávita.
few hours later we drive up to Competa, and have a quick wander
through its pleasant streets. We can appreciate why so many outsiders
have decided that the scenery in this area is too scarred to be
attractive. Everywhere cortijos are being hacked into holiday and
retirement homes, each one with its new driveway each one leaving
wounds on an environment that is slow to heal. Each building project
leaves a heap of broken bricks, bits of twisted metal and unused
cement. Water tanks sprout everywhere like squat mushrooms, each
painted white so that they stand out from the dark grey hillsides.
The practice of farming under plastic is not only visually intrusive,
but each ugly plot has a miserable fringe of flapping waste plastic
sheeting and black polythene. It'll all have recovered in two or
three hundred years, but sadly I won't be here to appreciate it!
because I want to enjoy somewhere warm doesn't mean that everyone
else should!! Just because even the ugliest bit of Andalucia is
sunnier, brighter, warmer than some glum German suburb, some chill
Swedish city, some dank corner of Birmingham, doesn't mean that
I shouldn't have the place to myself!! Ho hum...
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