Monte and I have been enjoying a show on PBS called La Otra Mirada. We have started watching the second season. It is set in a girls’ school in Sevilla, Spain in the 1920s. It’s a drama, I suppose, with humor and lots of pro-girl inspiration and empowerment messages mixed in. The actors speak in Spanish, but English subtitles are available.
I have enjoyed the story that unfolds in the show, but I have also been very much enjoying listening to the dialogue in Spanish. Even though Sevilla is in Andalusia, most of the actors speak with the Castillian accent which is what I was most exposed to. It really takes me back to my time living in Madrid.
In a number of scenes members of the local police make appearances, the Guardia Civíl – with rifles, funky black hats, and all. That reminded me of something that I wanted to show Monte. So, during one commercial break, I ran into my office and unearthed a set of Spanish mud people that I have been dragging around for over 40 years.
We camped out at home today to recharge, and also to watch the Euro2012 championship. Spain vs. Italy. Marty came over to help us cheer on Spain. España did not disappoint, winning 4 – 0 over a strong Italian team.
They have now won 3 World / European championships in a row. It’s building up to be an exciting 2014 world cup in Brazil.
The World Cup is underway in South Africa for the last several weeks. Spain made it to the semi-finals and played Germany today and WON!!!! 1-0 Great game!
I can only imagine the celebrations going on in Madrid today. This is a live shot of Madrid from right after the final whistle blew and Spain advanced to the Final game for the first time in World Cup history.
During the years I lived in Madrid in high school Spain hosted the World Cup – El Mundial 1982. That was an exciting summer, and a thrill even though Spain didn’t make it past the second round that year.
I’m looking forward to watching the Final on Sunday.
Viva la roja!!!!!! Viva España!!! Vamos a ser campeones del mundo!!!