34 years ago today, Andalucía became an autonomous community of Spain.
28th February, the regional holiday of Andalusia day, is a celebration not only of autonomy but of what it means to be Andaluz!
Particularly proud residents will bring out the bunting or decorate their balconies with flags, but it seems for the adult population of Andalusia, Andalusia Day is little more than an excuse for a lay in and a lazy lunch.
Wanting to fully experience the joys of Andalusia Day, as celebrated by true Spaniards, I have done practically nothing!
Woke up, pondered going in to town but decided against it and decided the day would be best spent studying. No sooner had I written one word on my page than I was being ushered out of the door for lunch in the sun in the village.
Luckily Eva, my boss, had booked a table because the place was buzzing. They had set places for us inside but when they saw our faces of disappointment at turning our backs on the sun, they told us to take it outside if we wanted. So that we did, we picked up our table, chipped plates and all, and put it in prime position on the terrace!
The food, as ever in Spain, was homely, plentiful and delicious, washed down with a cold beer as every kind of topic of conversation was batted around the table (from the latest trend in sunglasses to Turkey's possible entry in to the European Union).
Tomato salad (Yes those are huge cubes of fresh garlic on top)
Beef in the best sauce you will ever taste!
As much as I love teaching the kids, I would take fiesta Fridays over adjectives and the past tense any day!
Bellies full and with the afternoon winds whipping up, there was nothing left to do but take a gentle stroll home.
Until next time my lovelies...