Summer time (in Tortosa)
And the living is easy.
Fish are jumping, (honestly, I saw one this morning)
And the cotton is ‘Cause the mercury’s high. Your daddy’s The food’s still rich,
your mama’s the beach is good looking
little baby long to-do list, don’t you cry. One of Most of these mornings
You’re I’m going to rise up singing slowly
And I’ll eat melon
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to With my eye on the sky
that morning the autumn
a’nothing can harm you no jumper that will touch me
With your daddy and mammy standing As the Tortosi summer sweat trickles on by
Sincere apologies to Gershwin, and all of you!
Summer time has well and truly settled in Tortosa, and the town is simultaneously winding down and winding up for August. The university has been slowly shortening its opening hours over the past month: first from 8am to 8pm, then 8am to 5pm, and this week, it was only open until 3pm. To be honest, its actually quite liberating being forced to leave your office at a certain time. It makes me more efficient, having a deadline, and really separates work time and play time. For the next three weeks, it will be closed completely: no power, no access for researchers, nothing. I can thank the crisis for that one.
In other parts of the town many shops are closing for the afternoon, or all together, with signs on the window announcing ‘tancat‘ until September. For us, who are used to having our long summer holidays at the same time as Christmas, it seems a bit decadent to have a big break now, only to have another holiday in December. But I’m not complaining, no way, just warily eyeing off my toppling pile of papers to read over the summer break.
Summer time can also be seen in the behaviour of the locals. People seem to be walking even slower now. The number of people in ice cream stores is often (ok, sometimes) higher than the number of people in bars. Coffee with ice is a standard order now. These people are summer time professionals.
Watermelon is featured on nearly every menu in town, which is making me very happy. You can buy a whole one for about 0.40€ a kg at our local grocery store, and you can see the melons in nearby fields, so you know they’re fresh! Another element of summer here that is just making its presence felt is evening thunderstorms. We’ve only seen a few so far, but they have been spectacular, with breathtaking lightning shows.
— brian cutts (@brian_ebre) August 6, 2015