I think the title "Cultural Blurb" is a little more attractive and funky, no?
To lessen the pains of waiting for Sevilla update, I thought I might tease with a cultural update.
Move aside BU smokers, Madrileños got you beat.
SO many people smoke here. And not only do they smoke often, they smoke everywhere. Here on the campus of Autónoma, there are signs on the walls, the doors, the chairs, the windows, the tables on how this is a place Smoke-Free environment. Yet, between classes, I see groups of students hovering near the doors, in corners of the hallways with a thick cloud of blue-grey smoke above their heads. Yes, they are smoking INSIDE the school building--an unfathomable idea for us Americans. In America, even if you were to smoke indoors, I think you would smoke with the utmost discretion. But not here. One time, we had about a 30 minute break between classes, and during that 30 minutes, this kid takes out a cigarette, closes the classroom door, props open a window, and starts smoking inside the classroom. I was so taken aback!
But this lack of consideration of rules seems to be common trend here in Spain. Maybe it's because Spain was governed by a oppressive dictatorship until fairly recently, people don't seem too keen on heavy enforcement of social rules such as prohibition of smoking in public areas. Then again, this may be a completely inaccurate observation on my part.
P.S. I actually haven't seen Thank You For Smoking. Just remembered hearing that title, and thought I'd borrow it for this post. I'm such a poser. :P