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Potpourri: Spain Version

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Within the strategy of doing analysis, I typically come throughout numerous tales that are attention-grabbing however may not be worthy of a full episode. They’re extra like snippets than tales.

Sometimes I save these items up for a particular episode as a result of I actually hate to let issues go to waste. 

So with out additional ado, right here is the Spanish potpourri episode of The whole lot In every single place Every day.


This episode is sponsored by the Vacationer Workplace of Spain.

Previously, I’ve talked about completely different elements of what Spain has to supply. Meals, festivals, historical past, seashores, mountains, museums, eating places, and dwell leisure. 

There’s a cause why over 82 million folks a 12 months go to Spain, making it the second most visited nation on the planet. 

If you happen to’ve been to Spain, you recognize what I’m speaking about. If you happen to haven’t been to Spain, then you definitely owe it to your self to go to.

You can begin researching your dream journey to Spain right now by visiting the place you may get all the pieces it’s good to know to plan your Spanish journey.

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Our first story on this episode has to do with the borders of Spain.

Most nations have set, established borders. They’ve labored out a take care of their neighbors and there may be an settlement as to the place one nation ends and the subsequent nation begins. 

For Spain, that is principally the case as properly. Nevertheless, there may be one notable exception. 

The border between France and Spain is about and it principally goes via the Pyrenese Mountains. The far western finish of the border, nevertheless, is the Bidasoa river. For about 10 kilometers, beginning on the Atlantic Ocean, the river serves because the border. 

In the midst of the river is an island often called Pheasant Island. It’s a actually small island with no actual significance outdoors of its geographic oddness. It’s only about 200 meters by 40 meters in measurement, there aren’t any buildings on the island, and nobody lives there. 

Usually, when there may be an island in the midst of a river that serves as a border, you may have two choices: 1) you set the border someplace down the center of the island, or 2) your entire island is given to 1 nation or the opposite. 

The Spanish and the French, nevertheless, went for choice quantity 3.

In 1659, Spain and France signed the Treaty of the Pyrenees, which was the conclusion to the 25-year-long Franco-Spanish Warfare.

The ultimate treaty signing ceremony befell on Pheasant Island with each Louis XIV of France and Philip IV of Spain in attendance. 

The settlement was to share the island. Nevertheless, they don’t share it on the similar time. 

From February 1 via July 31, the island is part of Spain, and from August 1 via January 31, it is part of France.

There may be nothing on the island apart from a marker that acknowledges the treaty signed there. 

The native communities from France and Spain every entry the island as soon as each six months to scrub up litter, however that’s about it. The remainder of the 12 months nobody else is allowed on the island. 

The island is slowly eroding from the river and sooner or later sooner or later, there may not even be an island to share.

Story quantity two has to do with Christopher Columbus. 

All of you recognize who Christopher Columbus is and why he’s well-known. This story isn’t about that. 

Columbus died in 1506 on the age of 54 within the city of Valladolid, Spain.

Columbus was buried in a convent in Valladolid which was the closest place he may very well be buried

Nevertheless, his son Diego wished his physique buried in Seville, so it was moved someday round 1509 to the convent at La Cartuja, an island in a river close to Seville. 

Then round 1513, the physique was moved to the Cathedral of Seville. 

Columbus’s want was to be buried within the New World. On the time of his demise, there wasn’t wherever within the New World which was dignified sufficient for his tomb.

By 1537, nevertheless, Santo Domingo, the oldest metropolis within the Western Hemisphere, had constructed a cathedral and the stays of Columbus have been despatched throughout the Atlantic to reside there. 

Over time, Santo Domingo lessened in significance to the Spanish Empire. In 1795 Spain ceded all of Hispaniola, together with Santo Domingo, to the French. 

The physique of Columbus was too necessary to be left behind, so it was as soon as once more moved, to Havana, Cuba. 

Then in 1898, Cuba turned unbiased, and Columbus made his final journey throughout the Atlantic, as soon as once more again to Spain and the Seville cathedral. 

The issue was, over the centuries, issues turned…..confused.

In 1887, staff within the Santo Domingo cathedral discovered a heavy lead field with the phrases “Illustrious and distinguished male, don Cristobal Colon.” Contained in the field was a partial set of male human stays. 

Everybody in Santo Domingo simply assumed it was Columbus’s stays. The stays suffered arthritis-like signs as Columbus did, and so folks in Santo Domingo claimed that it was nonetheless the stays of Columbus. In 1992, they transferred their stays to a brand new constructing known as the Columbus Lighthouse, which was supposed to be a mausoleum for Columbus. 

Nevertheless, Seville additionally claimed to be the burial web site of Columbus. Contained in the Cathedral of Seville, there’s a large mausoleum for Columbus as properly. 

In 2003, the stays contained in the Seville crypt had their DNA examined. The stays have been similar to the DNA discovered within the tombs of Columbus’s brother and son. 

As of right now, the stays in Santo Domingo haven’t been examined. 

So, the stays of Columbus are most likely in Seville, however there’s a concept that his stays are literally in each cities. 

Except the DNA in Santo Domingo may be examined, we’ll by no means actually know for positive. 

The third story has to do with one thing in Spain which is a reasonably distinctive customized to the nation. Time for supper. 

If you happen to’ve been to Spain, you’ll know that they have an inclination to eat dinner unusually late. It isn’t in any respect unusual for folks in Spain to eat dinner round 9, 10, or 11 within the night. 

It isn’t simply eating places. Primetime tv doesn’t even begin till 10:30.

So why is all the pieces in Spain so late within the night? 

There are two causes for it. 

The primary is that Spain is basically within the flawed time zone. If you happen to have a look at a map, Spain is in the identical time zone as Germany and Poland. But, they’re south of Eire and Britain and hooked up to Portugal,  all of that are in a time zone one hour earlier. 

Why is Spain within the time zone that it’s in? Again in World Warfare II, Franco adjusted the time zone of Spain so it was on the identical time as the remainder of Europe.

After the battle, they simply by no means bothered to vary the time zone again. The consequence was that at sundown, it was a lot afterward the clock than it was in the remainder of Europe. 

The second cause has to do with the Spanish custom of the siesta. Most individuals in Spain take a two-hour break between 2 and 4 within the afternoon the place they go residence and take a protracted lunch. Historically, they might additionally take a nap.

Nevertheless, most individuals don’t truly nap anymore. 

The result’s that the workday in Spain typically begins at 9 am and doesn’t finish till 8 pm, primarily as a result of the two hours in the midst of the day doesn’t depend as a part of the workday. 

There’s a motion to each change the time zone and to eliminate the siesta. The time zone change is likely to be simpler to perform as a result of it’s only a matter of adjusting the time by legislation.

Eliminating the siesta, nevertheless, is likely to be a far higher problem as it’s a cultural change. 

Many eating places in Spain, particularly these that are in vacationer areas, do open early to cater to non-Spaniards who need to eat at round 7 or 8 pm. Nevertheless, be ready to eat a bit of later if you’re in an space with out vacationers. 

Additionally, don’t be shocked if shops are closed between 2 and 4. Simply come again later within the night and they’re going to most likely be open.


The affiliate producer of The whole lot In every single place Every day is Thor Thomsen.

Right now’s five-star evaluation comes from listener Simon P over at Podcast Republic. They write:

What a wonderful podcast. I tune in from Victoria BC, Canada, and actually take pleasure in that your podcast has a really well-researched, and worldwide focus. thanks for the academic listening.

Thanks Simon! I’m glad you take pleasure in it. The world is an enormous place, and you’ll’t actually perceive the world with out wanting past your borders. 

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