Yes, we do have wifi here.
Born and raised in a village of 400 people. Exciting, right?
My hometown, Cerdà, is located 50 km away from Valencia city. I am the only 21-year-old inhabitant ✌🏼.
After coming back from living abroad, and before heading to Valencia for some more months now, I stay in my “Mediterranean hometown” for a time period. And I find life in its purest state.
The fact that my village is so small —although it is literally next to other ones— makes it possible for the inhabitants to establish social relations (note: not online ones) with almost everyone within a 5 km radius. Which I find pretty cool.
Right after arriving back home from Amsterdam, I found my neighbors on the street: “Clara! How did you find studying in a different country? Has it been a nice experience overall? We’ve been thinking of you around here”. “Oh, look at her, I remember when these girls were toddlers! We’re glad to have you back.”
This is just an example of the sense of community we have in villages like these. We grow up together, share several yearly local celebrations, and many other things, such as dinner on the street during summertime.
Expect many visits, interest, calls and (handmade) presents when a child is born in your family. Expect support, caring feelings, warmth and faithful company when a relative passes away. Expect people truly caring about the well being of those they have shared moments with —and, of course, I am aware people in other environments do, too —.
Children grow up in contact with people from all ages, including a fair amount of old people. This brings together different generations and allows youngsters to learn from elders’ lifetime experiences. Moreover, elderly people feel even more estimable when they contribute with such value and culture to other people’s lives.
This place teaches me how simple life is. People (us) grow their own fruits and vegetables, often share them with our neighbors, and practice a stress-free lifestyle (+ Mediterranean diet) that allows inhabitants to keep a body and mind health. The term “slow food movement” comes to my mind, and makes me think that “slow life” would be a good term for what we have here.
Although as a young girl I do have to say a car is something I use quite a lot while staying in my hometown, I am glad to have grown up here. It has provided me with a human approach to life that I don’t find present in every environment, and that I think it’s essential. In short, an atmosphere like this provides oneself with both energy and calm feelings.
Oh! And one can still find children playing on the streets around here! And palm trees! I love it.