||[ Thursday, 06 Nov 08 | 12:54 ]
The newspapers here have Obama’s victory on the frontpage. Take, for example, ADN, a popular free newspaper published on workdays. Today's headline reads:
La gran ilusión
El histórico triunfo de Barack Obama en EE UU genera una ola de esperanza por un mundo mejor.
This is followed by a quote from Obama’s victory speech. The first four pages of today’s edition are devoted to the US elections.
The state-run TV (La uno) had a number of correspondants reporting from the US on election day as if it were a US-based network.
On election day when I went to my nearby convenience store, the proprietor asked me if I had already voted and what I thought Obama’s chances were. Yesterday, when I ate lunch, a server asked my reaction about the election. So clearly there was a lot of interest here. And most hope Obama´s victory means the world will become better.
The difference between Australian and Spain is that the Spanish are being very nice and respecting your autonomy in voting. Australians here have been very vocal with ex-pats living here and pushing them to vote (and vote for Obama at that). I think it comes from this belief that we're more important in the world than we actually are and that we somehow believe that we have a right to vote in the election as well!
I'm glad it's over for that reason - anyone in Australia who has a vote in the US election can go back to being anonymous again.
A thing about Latin culture is that you have a conversation when you are making a business transaction. So when I go to the convenience store, the middle-aged woman who runs it and I have a little chat. It doesn't matter that I am a foreigner. And politics is not a taboo subject like it is in the US.
I normally lunch on Wednesday at the same restaurant. It's an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue place. They just tell me to take the table I want rather than seating me. They know what I prefer to drink and automatically bring it to me. A few of the servers will notice me and come by my table and chat a bit. I flirt with the hot Brazilian meat cutter.
At some of the bars I frequent, all I do is make eye-contact and nod and they serve me my beer. I regularly went to the Lone Star for SF in 15 years and they never seemed to know who I was or cared. I always tipped at the LS and never tip here.
I haven't had the feeling that they didn't want me in their country here. And you're right, they haven't pressured me about voting. More in the line of asking about my perspectives. They of course have media coverage of what goes on in the US, so they are aware of events. Remember when McCain was interviewed by the Spanish media (in English) and he didn't seem to remember where Spain was located or if it is a friend or foe. Please, Spain has played an important part in US history, probably second to Britain.
Interesting point of view.
Even my mum had an opinion!
I lost for the nth time your number... I have to visit you!
Thursday, 06 Nov 08 | 22:05 (UTC)
I have to visit you!
You're welcome anytime! Remember I have peanut butter and maple syrup for you. And you have to try my strawberry margaritas made with home-grown maduixas.
Friday, 07 Nov 08 | 07:59 (UTC)
Re: I have to visit you!
And the I is mute. Therefore
ix = SH
and x = ks
Ah, cultural differences, or should I say better cultured? :o)
Thursday, 06 Nov 08 | 18:36 (UTC)
We are all hoping that!!!
At lest no I don't think that the light at the end of the tunnel is head light of an oncoming train. Hopefully now what has been preached will be put into practice.