The Dirección General de Turismo of the Junta de Castilla y León writes of “Way from Madrid,” one of the Santiago pilgrimage trails:
Who go along it encounter stretches of Roman road, overcome with joy the mountain’s summit Fuenfría, emulate the Galician reapers along the trails that led them to labor camps in Castilla la Nueva and, ultimately, pay homage to Pilgrim Virgin of Sahagun while are linking to the path that comes by the traditional way which starts at Somport or Roncesvalles in Spain.
The next paragraph establishes a new frontier between metric and imperial measures in the ever-evolving cultural geography of Europe: while the distance from Madrid (which we are helpfully reminded is the capital of Spain) to Sahagún is 325.3km, when in that thriving metropolis we join the French Way French influence mysteriously ends and we are told, in a manner comprehensible only to elderly Anglo-Saxons, that the remainder of the journey is “something over 364 miles.”
Translation is hard work, so the next-but-one paragraph is quite sensibly left in Spanish. Finally, having transported us all this way from the capital of the empire, “only straight horizon which is broken by the verticality of the towers of the churches and trees like protagonists of the banks of rivers and streams,” our guide has a sudden and miraculous change of heart and decides that this is not in fact “Way from Madrid,” but “Way to Madrid,” perhaps as in “All roads lead to…”
- Francophone ticket recycling centre at Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station?
Bring out your dirty tickets:
Tickets sales, tickets sale, when all I wanted was ticket sales. Well, then, just show me the way to the next tourist office:
The latter is in Valencia’s great Northern Station, which, confusingly for those with a basic understanding of conventional geography, is just outside Valencia’s vanished medieval South Gate. I pointed …
- The Alhambra as the opening titles from Mission Impossible
1966, and here’s series 1, episode 1 of the Strine Bond:
Let’s rewrite that:
Good morning, Mr. Irving,
Your mission, Washington, should you decide to accept it, is to compile a series of cultural and historical sketches laying the foundations for tourism policy in Granada and to a considerable extent in Spain in general.
- Physically impossible entry
My impression is that the Chinese are ahead, but it seems hard to criticise them for this: huge efforts have been made over the past decade to make a previously sternly monolingual country more accessible to foreigners; the effort is laudable and the meaning …
- Ayuntamiento de Jerez bets on tourism … but can’t afford a translator
This is the The Great Guide of Jerez (La gran guía de Jerez), part of an on-going, multi-million-euro campaign that may or may not impact on Jerez’s image – in novels I’ve read – as the ancestral home of the extremely rich and extremely poor, united only in their drunken delinquency and periodic attempts to slaughter …