A roundabout way to park

December 16th, 2010


I love Spain and the Spanish and they are a very talented race of people.

But there is one thing they just don’t get: parking.

They park on corners, on pedestrian crossings, across multiple bays in parking lots and around the outside lane of roundabouts (also known as “islands”).

They also stop wherever they happen to be when they want to take a phone call, be that on a road or by the side of a motorway (the hard shoulder in Spain is very narrow, so when you pull over, you are partially on the motorway itself).

The best was today, though. I was navigating a roundabout, glancing over my shoulder to see if I could change lanes safely, when out of the corner of my left eye, I noticed a car stopped on the inside of the roundabout. I had to swerve to avoid him and I thought he had broken down, but then I noticed that he didn’t have his hazard lights on and he was on the phone (although he did put his hazard lights on after I passed him the first time). I pulled over and switched on the video camera in my phone and this is what I recorded:


One Response to “A roundabout way to park”

  1. wychwoodon 12 Jan 2011 at

    Enjoyed this. More Spanish quirks please!

    And speaking of Spain have you seen the piece about the Spanish ham lawsuit?:

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