Coming to Orce village. Every year we have big fiestas, it’s a Spanish thing and its brilliant – live bands, medieval markets, street shows, street food, flamenco – its a photographers dream. The big one happens in August – essentially the first two weeks in August is party time, a cultural difference, a Spain thing and a time of the year that attracts both tourists and locals to the festivities – this is a culture where ‘Slave to grind’ doesn’t really exist, there is more to life…
August isn’t of course all about live gigs (although I do love the Orce Troglodita Festival) it is also about cultural aspects, broadening out and celebrating other aspects of life and this time we were invited to include our own, being English makes us different and in a small rural village like this and no matter how well you integrate yourself you are, ultimately a foreigner.
Being a foreigner is no bad thing, in general you are accepted by most so when we were asked to take part in an interview as part of the cultural fiesta program we were happy to do so…
“¿Qué es lo que más te gusta de Orce y lo que menos?”
In preparation for this we decided to dig up some old images of where we used to live in the UK as well as some scans of images we took back in the early days of Spanish cave renovation. The interview (and images) will be up on the big screen as part of the Orce Crea program this coming August… There is no hiding now!
In 2005 I was using a point and shoot – a Fuji film camera that we used to take to Huescar and have film developed, the other tool of choice was a Sony camcorder – kind of a retro ‘brick’ that did the job, here we have some good old fashioned hard copy images – myself and the family coming to Orce in 2004 to begin renovations on our hole in the ground.
Renovating the Cave:
If you fancy losing 19kg in just under 4 months then consider renovating a Spanish cave in August, boy that first week was tough (I remember it well!). Chipping away at what was a mammoth task took a while but after a couple of weeks you could begin to see the changes – all of a sudden progress was being made.
Moving to another country is a life changing experience but renovating a property too needs to be approached with mountains of enthusiasm – if you have that then the project becomes part of the adventure…
Would we do it again? Maybe, perhaps, depends! One thing is for sure though, coming to Orce has been a good decision and the village is our home now with a business and a lifestyle – we won’t be leaving any time soon.