2018.04.11 Supeco

Actually this is the wrong picture. Here it’s at once obvious what Supeco stands for: a super economic supermarket. They claim that everything they sell, is cheaper than anywhere else. This is not easy to find out, because in Spain there are on average 3 supermarkets per 1000 inhabitants.

But what triggered our attention to the Supeco was a billboard on which it wasn’t so obvious that it was about economics. Supeco could also be understood as ‘super ecologic’.

Well, we went inside after this lady, walked through the ‘supermarket’ – which looks like a storeroom – and there was not a single ecological product to be found. At least not with the claim ‘ecologic’. Because who says a product is or isn’t ecologic? A question which we will address in another issue of this 365-project.


2018.02.05 We do all the work

In Spain they use a very simple system to collect garbage. We do all the work. At home we separate four (4) different types of garbage: plastic, paper, glass and the rest. Most garbage we collect comes from the stuff we buy at the supermarket.

Once a week we carry the separated garbage to the street. If we’re lucky at a walking distance we find four coloured large containers: yellow (for plastic), blue (for paper), green (for glass; see the picture) and black (for all the garbage we don’t want to separate). Sometimes there is also a container for organic waste.

When the containers are emptied and by whom, I don’t know. I never actually saw it. The newspapers sometimes report about the ‘mountain’ of garbage. And that we will all be squashed underneath. Nobody seems to come up with a solution. Perhaps its a suggestion to compel the supermarkets to take in return all the garbage people take out?


2018.02.01 Canillas de Aceituno

Canillas de Aceituno is a small ‘white’ village about 15 kilometers from the Mar mediterráneo. Since its a clear day today I can see the sea from the house where we now live.

Canillas is a typical Andalucian village. Small steep streets where only one car can drive through at a time. Sometimes they are able to ban the cars. For instance, by putting plants in the street.

But again this picture isn’t showing what is actually in this street. You have to walk all the way up to the doors on the left and right to see they actually are shops. And in every small street they have one small supermarket, where they sell fruits, vegetables, bread and meat.


2018.01.27 Plátanos

We like bananas. Plátanos they are called in Spain. You can find them in every supermarket or fruit and vegetable shop. Which both can be found in abundance in even the smallest village. Most bananas you buy come either from the Canarias or from Central or South America.

But the bananas on this picture grow in the garden of the house we rent. If you walk through the hills in these surroundings you will find bananatrees in almost every garden.

The history of the cultivation of bananas in Central and South America is not one to be proud of and makes you wonder whether its indeed better to grow them in your own garden.

What only few people know, is that the first multinational in the world was a banana company, the United Fruit Company (UFC), founded in 1899. The company got big by bribing the cooperation of dictators, to oppress unions and to chase away small farmers from their land. Hence the notion banana republic.

Things even got worse. With the support of the Eisenhower government in 1954 the UFC financed rebels who chased away the democratically elected government of Guatemala. The fruits of the civil war that lasted until 1996 where over 100.000 people killed.