Friday, 1 August 2014


Our new friends from Bilbao left in their minibus after lunch today, allowing us to resume possession of the house after our three-week exile. No complaints on either side: indeed, they want to come again next year, they say, but are worried that Zoopla seems to imply we are For Sale. I must investigate.

I apologised to the head of the family for not leaving details of Mass times for them. "We don't go," he responded, explaining his reaction to a strict Catholic upbringing. Besides, in Spain, he said, people worship, not God, but the Virgin Mary. And there's a different Virgin Mary in each village. I feel I missed an opportunity to put him right, but it didn't seem like the moment for apologetics.

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