CHANGE.

22/03/2012

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Elections are coming up here in Spain. 2 weeks ago the construction all over Granada started up after being halted 2 years. As American students, we didn´t really understand why the geometrics of our walks, runs, and ¨marchas¨throughout the streets of our city were being changed. There are now more roadblocks appearing than we´ve ever seen as well as the increased presence of machines of all shapes and sizes that make the mornings a little more vibrant with their roaring velocities. The presence of more workers (men...) in their highliger yellow vests and uniforms. When we first all arrived here in our respective homes we were told, ¨The streets and construction will not be fixed because there is not enough money to do so.¨ For example, with the Metro project. These 2 weeks of construction projects means that more people are being paid to work with the exasperating number of Spaniards out of work.

My mother here, Marisa, shared with me just yesterday that she hopes that this isn´t just a political stunt/instrument of the political parties since the elections are this weekend. She worries that as soon as votes are in, construction will halt once again. She then began to tell me how elegant and marvelous our neighboring plaza used to look before all of the changes started. Wish I could see Granada BEFORE all of the changes somehow!

My parents have traveled to some nearby city, whether to do a beach trip with the kids, or what have you, every weekend since after my first weekend that I spent at home with my new family. This weekend they will stay in house because  they wouldn´t dare miss the elections. I was about to make the conclusion that in general all Spaniards vote but then I found out that one of my professors to this date still doesn´t know if she´s going to be voting this weekend. She feels that it´s not an issue of politics, but a large issue of the economy; that the PP or the PSOE still cannot fix the problem. Is there as large of a democratic defecit here in the EU as there is in the EEUU?

Makes me think of that clever picture of what seems like a less fortunate person on the streets. Instead of asking for money their sign reads this:
Keep your coins, I want CHANGE.
 


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