Saturday, February 24

Spanish Souvenirs in Barcelona: A Canned Stereotype

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Of course a souvenir shop always tries to sell stereotyped products of the country or the city as this is precisely what tourists are prone to buy, unaware of other traits that you normally discover after a second or third visit. Spain is a multicolor, multilanguage, multiethnic and multi-everything nation and what is good for some parts of it is not applicable to the rest. It is a common cliché to think that we are all matadors, go around saying "ole" (we do but watching soccer matches) and dance flamenco in our spare time. Of course there are people for each and every ingredient in this melting pot, but remember not to mingle them no matter how idyllic it may look.

5 Comments:

Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

I like your photography and the thoughts you leave us to read. I did read there is some effort, in Spain, to do away with bull fighting. I assume it is just a story but thought you might know more about it.

1:23 PM  
Blogger isabella said...

So you don't dance flamenco in your spare time? I'm sooo disappointed ;-)

PS You are invited to my party today! Ole!

1:30 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

One of my Spanish professors was from Barcelona, and he cured his students of stereotypes of Spanish culture, stressing, at that time, the regionalism and the history and traditions of the multifacited population. It must be true of most countries, no? Each is very complex. But the chachkas just keep rolling on!
-Kim

8:11 AM  
Blogger Monica from rio said...

I know cliches are a bit annoying, but I don't care how touristy this souvenirs might be, I still have a flamenco doll my grandmother give to me when I was little after returning from her first visit to Spain. I've always thought the doll was so pretty!

10:34 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

:-( And there was I hoping to dance flamenco with you one day, Carlos!

3:22 AM  

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