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I thought I'd just landed in the middle of Lavapies.,
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This review is from: Errant in Iberia (Kindle Edition)I mainly bought this book because I was curious to see how Spain was seen through British eyes. I have lived in London myself for quite a while now and, though I think I have gained enough distance from Spain to see what a visitor might see, I was curious about the book.
I really was very pleasantly surprised. It's a warm book; it's an honest book; it's a funny book.
If you know Madrid, you will love it. If you've never been there, it will give you a good idea what life might feel like as a visitor. It's also interesting to see the protagonist escape Madrid and his vision of some of Spain's traditions, such as the Fallas.
"I have yet to see anything in Spain quite so astonishing as the civic irresponsibilities that take place during Las Fallas. There is something wonderfully liberating about the whole thing, that makes you realise how much the British might benefit if the powers that be were just a little less up-tight about health and safety."