07.01.2013 - 21.01.2013 7 °C
La huegla (strike) of the workers who clean up la basura (the trash) has finally ended. The strike began when we arrived in Spain and as the streets became engulfed by partially eaten bits of food and old tissues I at first thought that it was something normal in Granada, and I began to worry. It is amazing what we take for granted sometimes. The workers are required to provide los servicios minimos (minimal services) to maintain smaller mountains of trash, but by no means was it enough.
A tour guide I talked to was saying how fortunate we are that this did not happen during the summer time, because disease would be rampant. He also told me that he had seen two fat rats rooting around in the mess. Seeing the vast quantities of trash everywhere only reinforced my disgust with littering. We are so lucky to have clean streets in the United States and it is so simple to take the extra time to throw something in the trash can. The strike lasted two weeks and I read in the news paper that 2,400 TONS of trash had accumulated. Anyways, just something that I felt like I should reflect upon since it is definitely unique in comparison to life in the USA.