A lonely football pitch on the high plains of Old Castile near Palencia. Photo ©Mike Randolph
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I love this part of Spain, and know the Palencia area quite well from having worked on Camino de Santiago holidays in the past. The colours of the sky and the landscape are just beautiful, and the sense of wide open space provides a real relief from city life.
Thanks to both of you for your comments. It’s also one of my favorite areas of Spain. Austere, but there’s something magical there.
It’s hard to pin down, isn’t it? Many people say it looks “boring” at first sight, but then it gets into your soul somehow. Coming from England, where wide open spaces like this hardly exist any more, it’s wonderful to drive or walk for miles and see nothing but nature.
This place is beautiful, but could you explain to me the passion people have for soccer and the amount of kids you see playing all over the country.
Thanks for your comment. Not an easy one to respond to, but I’ll try. I think that soccer is a beautiful game in its simplicity. All you need is a ball. Growing up in Canada I played ice hockey, which I enjoyed, but you have to buy a lot of equipment (especially since I was a goalie), and aside from the occasional game on a frozen pond, you have to go to a special place to play it, which also costs more money. But soccer, or football, is basically free, universally appealing and you can play it anywhere.
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