Friday, January 30, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

We must never forget

Today, 70 years ago, the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by Soviet troops. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Gypsies, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

I want to make a mention of the 9,328 Spanish Republicans who were also transferred to death camps, especially Mauthausen and its sub-camps. Most of them were former Republican soldiers or activists who had fled to France after Franco's victory and then were captured by German forces after the French defeat in 1940 or handed over to the Germans by the Vichy authorities.

Auschwitz death wall located near block 11

Picture taken during my visit there back in Nov. 2009

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Ruby Tuesday
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The hole

At noon all the water had been removed and the huge pipe had been uncovered to fix the leak. A good and quick work of municipal workers.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ruptured tubing

On the night of Thursday to Friday, around 2:30 a.m., the breakage of a big pipe's flooded the Paseo Renacimiento, near where I live. This large pipe carries the potable water for the city. This is the aspect that I found when I went out to the street about 9 a.m. when operators were already working to cut the leak and fix the damages.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A few snowflakes

Winters in Valladolid are cold with frequent fog and frost (61 days on average). The city has eight days of snow a year; although infrequent heavy snow, for the particular geographical situation of the city, are also not impossible. Last Monday was one of those few days. In the background can be distinguished the Cavalry Academy´s towers.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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