Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new "stage" in our Europe Ginko. We are visiting a big part of the European Union and today we will visit Spain.
Spain ... for a lot of you Spain will be a well known country. So it is to me. I remember that I first visited Spain in 1998. It also was the first time I took a plane ... it was awesome. Together with my family we were on a holiday in Benidorm in the south-east of Spain. It was hot, really hot, but I liked it and my kids liked it too. The years after we visited Benidorm often, but we also visited the Canary Islands. The first time there was around Christmas 2001. As you all know I am from The Netherlands and around Christmas it's mostly cold ... so I was "flabbergasted" that on the Canary Islands I could sun bath in temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. That ... to me was a very strange experience. No a warm or hot Christmas isn't my idea of Christmas. So that was once in a lifetime, but it was an experience.
|Flag of Spain
As a haiku poet I immediately was caught by that beauty. In the hinterlands of Benidorm you can wander as far as you would like, but you can also climb mountains. On one of those mountains in the hinterlands of Benidorm there stands a great luminous cross. It's on one of the highest points around Benidorm. In 2006, as we were visiting Benidorm for the last time, I created the following haiga:
|haiku and phot © Chèvrefeuille
Let us take a look at the beauty of the Spanish nature
|Park Natural del Montseny (Spain)
in the early sunrise, mist disappears -
a nightingale's song
|Natural Cabarceno Park, Cantabria, Spain
|Cabaña de Pastores, Asturias, Spain
between the colors of autumn
overgrown with Ivy and grass
the final station ?
PS. I couldn't retrieve an email address of Guillermo Delgado, so I couldn't ask permission to use his haiku.