21 thoughts on “Techo.. / Roof..

  1. Wow, it looks like the perfect spot to while away some time….I love your images they are so sculptural Rosa….and nearly always make me smile. This one has me smiling as I remember a beach on the NW Coast of Scotland where the light shimmers just like this, and there’s soft green grass to pitch a tent 🙂

    • Dear Seonaid, thank you very much for your lovely comment, it made me smile too 🙂 . I’ve tried to create a nice landscape full of details, but the meaning behind is, in fact, rather ironical.

      Due to Spain’s ongoing economic crisis so many people have lost their job and -mainly as a consequence- also their ‘roofs’. A huge demonstration took place last Saturday in both Madrid and Barcelona, but also in other cities, against austerity, corruption and poverty. People were literally claiming ‘bread, a roof and a job’. As romantic as it may look, no one feels like ending up in a tent (I mean instead of the normal -basic- housing options), but it seems we’re taking big steps in that dirección.

      xxx Rosa.

    • Hola Enrique, es un dibujo con significado un tanto irónico. A lo mejor ya lo sabías, pero el sábado pasado hubo, en varias ciudades de España, una manifestación en contra de la austeridad, la corruption y la pobreza. Es que seguimos con lo de ‘la crisis’ y al parecer, no logramos salir. La gente literalmente reclamó ‘pan, techo y trabajo’, a ese punto hemos llegado en Europa. Puede parecer muy romántica esta carpita imaginaria de flores :), pero si es lo que toca en lugar de una ‘vivienda digna’ …ufff!! Muchas gracias por visitar mi blog y comentar :). Un saludo, Rosa.

    • Hello Poppy! I love that you noticed the happy face! In fact that smile and the picture in general are both pretty ironical… I have tried to explain this in my response to ‘greenmackenzie’ (see the first comment on this post). Have a nice Monday, ooooh noooo. 😉

  2. Looks like you have created a haven away from the brutal realities of a country experiencing severe financial difficulties. Government and people in the UK pretend the economy is improving while austerity measures worsen and people are forced to go to foodbanks to feed themselves and their families. At the other end of the scale the bankers who caused many of the problems are still enjoying disgustingly large bonuses and luxurious lifestyles. Disaffection with the political system is growing and change surely will have to come.

    • Yep, the same everywhere. You’ve explained in a few words what’s all wrong about the political system. However, in Spain some people have still been voting for politicians that were proven to be corrupt. People have to wake up as well. Many thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. Me ha recordado una mañana en la que, paseando por el campo, me encontré en un sitio impensable una tienda de campaña, muy parecida a la tuya (sin flores) y, afuera, utensilios de cocina, botes, etc. Luego me enteré que era una familia que estaba viviendo allí. Penoso.
    Un techo, un lugar que puedas decir que es tu hogar, es la base del equilibrio de las personas. Cuando pierdes eso puedes perder hasta las ganas de vivir.

    • Un techo, una vivienda digna (sea propia o de alquiler) es el punto de partida para todo. Nada funciona bien si no tienes eso. He tenido la oportunidad de vivir lo que es no tener un lugar propio, no me tocó nunca la calle, pero si andar con una maleta de un lado pa otro, y es tremendo. Aparte, espero que la diosa Europa 😉 impone en todo lado la obligación de hacer viviendas de calidad, no lujosas sino bien aisladas, esto solucionaría un montón de cosas más. Abrazo!

  4. Hi Rosa – I found your picture terribly sad – it’s the cheeriness of what camping should be, and the choice involved in finding a lovely spot under a tree versus the reality of being forced out of your house and only having a tent for shelter. We used to live in Spain, in Andalucia and later in Galicia. Whenever we go back to visit we hear terrible stories of people, usually in their 50s, being thrown out of jobs that they’ve given 30 or more years of their lives to, because their contracts make them more expensive than new, young employees on temporary contracts. And that the government had cut the redundancy payments available by half. I have a feeling that it was the socialist government before PP who had made that change – correct me if I’m misremembering that. If it was PSOE who made the cut, that’s even more of a kick in the teeth.

    I really hope, and actually I really believe, that Spain will come through all this with its heart intact.

    Do keep drawing. I’m following you now (came to you via Heatherblog) and I’m going to take a look at your pictures little by little – like walking round a virtual art gallery.

    All best wishes – un abrazo fuerte

    • Dear Elaine,
      Thank you so much for taking a look at my blog and for commenting this particular drawing, which definitely has a pretty sad and angry undertone as there is a – still growing – group of people (including children and old people) that is really suffering this economic ‘crisis’.
      Spanish people love to point towards politicians. 🙂 However, in my eyes, the current socioeconomic situation in Spain is far too complex to be able to explain it’s causes through the governance of just one political party or the other. I believe that a much deeper analysis is still to be made over here in order to avoid a repetition of social tragedies.
      Thank you for following my blog now and I’m sorry for replying this late (which is not my ‘usance’). Happy 2015! 🙂 Un abrazote.

      • Hi Rosa,

        Yes, it’s hard for me to to see right to the bottom of the problems in Spain – and I wouldn’t presume to, as I’m not Spanish, but the present politicians, or any one government can’t possibly be the whole problem. What I see, over here in Brighton, where lots of young Spanish people come desperately looking for work, is a microcosm of the good and the bad (and the people in between).

        The good far outshines the bad – the majority of Spanish workers here work very, very, very hard, in shocking conditions and for very little money or sometimes, for no money at all (the interminable ‘trial shift’ game played by dodgy employers here). They put up with slum landlords and all the miseries that you find when you first come into a country, innocent, trusting and enthusiastic, when you don’t expect to have your trust abused. They get on with it. They volunteer for charities. They’re kind to their neighbours. They import the best of Spanish humanity and fellow feeling to the UK.

        Most British people can’t imagine how it is for the young Spanish who come here – we’re born with English as our birth-gift and when we go to live abroad, people will pay us good money to open our mouths and speak it. We don’t have to learn the local language before we can find work – our value is our English and we arrive with it in our mouths. The Spanish workers who come here don’t have that advantage handed to them on a plate. They have to start from less than scratch, especially if they don’t speak English fluently.

        I hope that the ‘deeper analysis’ that you talk about is made so that Spain can move into a brighter future, with the strengths of its people given room to breathe and to blossom.
        ¡Feliz 2015! Un abrazo fuerte
        Elaine 🙂

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