Spanish Parents Must Support Their Children Financially for Life Reply

Spain job seekers

A Spanish court orders a divorced father to pay nearly £300 a month to his 31-year-old daughter in perpetuity

James Badcock writes for–Spanish parents must continue to support their children financially until they find a good job, a court has ruled. A divorced father from Galicia became a test case when a court ordered him to pay €400 (£289) a month to support his 31-year-old daughter until she earns enough money to support herself. It was the latest in a series of rulings that have deepened the financial responsibilities of parenthood in a country where children often stay at home long after their peers in Britain or other European countries have flown the nest.

Amador López (the court has not released his real name) had been estranged from his daughter until 2005, when a judge ruled he had to support her through an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree. When Mr López refused to pay the court-mandated €500 a month, his bank account was frozen according to Rosalía Bello, a lawyer who represents his daughter, identified as Clara. When Mr López appealed in 2014, the A Coruña court again sided with his daughter, although the monthly payment was slightly reduced to its present €400. Clara is now 31 years old. Her lawyer says she has taken several jobs since completing her studies, but has not yet managed to find a long-term position in keeping with her studies.



Spain: Pilgrim’s Progress Reply

Pilgrims to Santiago

With a little help from two wheels and a combustion engine, Mike Cowling joins the faithful at Santiago de Compostela.

Yorkshire–The emotion of it all was too much as tears streamed down their cheeks. Two young women, rucksacks and walking sticks discarded, hugging each other for all it was worth, had finished the pilgrim’s route Camino de Santiago and were standing outside the city’s cathedral, journey’s end.

Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries since claims of the discovery of the remains of St James were made. It would appear that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t walked or cycled one of the many routes of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James to the English), all are welcome and have been since the Middle Ages.

The back streets, stunning plazas and alleyways of this randomly laid out city have history and the visitor feels part of that evolving story. Santiago de Compostela was the focal point of our trip, one powered by internal combustion engine and not by human power. That would have taken too long for our week in Spain that started well after a smooth crossing from Portsmouth.


Spanish Shepherds Protest with Flocks in Madrid Streets Reply

Shepherd protest Madrid

Shepherds threatened by urban sprawl, modern agricultural practices–Shepherds guided a flock of 2,000 sheep through Madrid’s streets on Sunday in defence of ancient grazing, droving and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. Tourists and city-dwellers were surprised to see the capital’s traffic cut to permit the bleating, bell-clanking parade to pass the city’s most emblematic locations.

Shepherds halted at the old town hall so the chief herdsman could hand authorities 25 maravedies — copper coins first minted in the 11th century — as payment for the crossing. They then continued past Puerta del Sol — Madrid’s equivalent of New York’s Times Square — and past the Bank of Spain headquarters on their way to Retiro Park.


Human Towers of Tarragona – In Pictures Reply

Human tower Tarragona

Team members climb over one another to add further layers to their tower during the 25th edition of the Contest Castells, which is held every two years.

The–The tradition of building human towers, or castells, dates back to the 18th century and takes place at festivals in Catalonia, where teams – ‘colles’ – compete to build the tallest and most complex towers.

A castell is considered successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. The highest castell on record was a 10 floor structure with three people in each floor.


“Vengo,” Spanish Gypsy Flamenco Film Reply

Tony Gatlif's "Vengo"

We’ve already published an extract from this passionate French film shot in Spanish about a Gypsy blood feud, but we suspect you may enjoy seeing the complete version. Antonio Canales, one of Spain’s great flamenco dancers, plays Caco, a Gypsy patriarch who runs  a whorehouse (“lupanar” in Spanish, “fox den”). Destroyed by the death of his daughter he drowns his sorrow in alcohol and bacchanalia against a backdrop of blood and revenge. The film  pays homage to the Gypsies of Spain’s south, with lots of great flamenco guitar, song, and particularly dance.


Amoroso–A Spanish Fighting Bull’s Short Story Reply

Spanish fighting calves

A Documentary for People Who Like Bulls More Than Bullfighters

New Atlantis Digital Media (2002)–The fighting bull is a species that notoriously represents Spanish identity. However, it is commonly forgotten that before a bull becomes the central character of the Spanish national ‘fiesta’, this animal has grown up in and been part of a rich natural environment. In this 56-minute documentary we examine the ecological complexity surrounding the life and development of a bull in all stages of his short life and we gain some insight into the role played by the fighting bull in the ecosystem in which he grows up from gestation and birth until reaching the age of four.  He has been free in nature for four years. Then he is taken to the bullring.


Passionate Catalan Rites of Spring: Burning Green Onions Reply

Catalan onion fiesta

Chloe Scott-Moncrieff writes from Barcelona for The Independent, March 8, 2014–The Spanish couples next to me couldn’t contain themselves as they ate. Chatting excitedly, they all wore bibs and gloves, yet there was ash strewn across their table and several had charcoaled chins. Outside the restaurant, amid plumes of smoke, five men in red berets walloped wads of the almighty calçot, unusually saporous spring onions, on to human-sized graelles (grills) with burning vines underneath. Flames leapt up. People took photos. More…

Luminarias’ Controversial Flames Blaze Anew Reply

Las Luminarias fiesta

Las Luminarias is a religious festival celebrated each year in the village of San Bartolomé de los Pinares, in the province of Ávila, in honor of San Antonio de Abad, patron saint of animals. Supposedly commemorating the ritual cleansing of animals in the middle ages, this atavistic diversion consists of riding horses, donkeys and mules through a raging bonfire, occasionally with children on board as in the above photo from Madrid’s El País newspaper. It’s also an annual event for Spain’s animal defense activists.  More…

Wrestling Wild Horses in the Rapa das Bestas de Sabucedo, Galicia 1

Rapa das bestas

Every summer the mountain villages of Galicia, Spain’s northwestern region, celebrate A Rapa das Bestas, The Trimming of the Horses. This custom that some say dates back almost 350 years is for the most robust of the villagers who hike up the mountain, round up a herd of wild horses and drive them down to a corral in the village. After this arduous pilgrimage they jump into the corral, wrestle the horses to the ground and trim their manes with scissors.

It sounds straightforward enough. But you have to see this documentary of the Rapa das Bestas in the village of Sabucedo in order to even begin to understand the atavistic forces at work in this event: religion, tradition, personal superation, profit, bravado… And what’s that wisp of a girl doing in the midst of all those muscle-bound mozos wrestling with the horses? More…

The Way of St. James–Much More Than Just a Long Journey on Foot 3

Camino Santiago SpainPilgrims from all over the world have followed the Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago) for a thousand years. Originally a religious pilgrimage to the apocryphal tomb of St. James, the walk soon became a trade and cultural route, one of the first to unite the north and south of Europe. The pilgrimage remains alive today, and people come from every continent to enjoy the landscapes, the hospitality, and the challenges offered at every stage of the way. Many of them discover much more than a mere long walk. Whichever route you choose, the French one across the Pyrenees, or the Portuguese one that borders the Atlantic, the month of June is an ideal time to start walking! More…