Traveling Through Time in Spain

Traveling Through Time in Spain

Many things have changed in this country in the last decades. EL CORREO GALLEGO makes a thematic review of aspects of Spanish society and its evolution over time. A personal and subjective vision that aims to excite, entertain and envelop us with nostalgia. A wonderful journey through time.

When you make notches in the calendar, you are very clear about when you took a curve you want to remember. The fifties are not among the decades of greatest joy in the History of Spain. If three or four descriptions are chosen at random it is easy for all of them to include the words dark and censorship. The world began to exist, yes, and the Spanish were planted in 1955 with the entry into the UN. It was an optimistic push towards the future that had to come.

And it came. After years of looking sideways at the miniskirt, with Transition came light, democracy, David Bowie and the Sex Pistols. There is nothing. It was a rare time, ideal to recreate it in different versions, because everything was true at the same time. The dictatorship was still alive in the norm, democracy was installed vertiginous and contradictory in daily reality, the behavior of the majority lit candles to God without completely extinguishing those of the devil. The emotion of the reunions, the demonized sounds (Carrillo, Pasionaria), the exiles who returned, their words already known and never heard, coexisted with the desperate and threatening calls of the overflowing authorities. And while, unavailable to discouragement, when the time for the news arrives, a mandatory connection with Radio Nacional. At 2.30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

In the 70s, in Spain we campaigned for unity, for memorable experiences and for all the good that freedom brought. Fifty years later, it is still remembered as one of the greatest periods of harmony among the Spanish. The definitive blow against that inert atmosphere in gray scale was the irruption of the television in color, now yes, in an endless variety of tones. The whole family reunited and astonished in front of the television.

And with a new social conscience, democratic commitment, elections, and a newly acquired taste for taking sides in freely chosen and heartfelt causes, environmentalism took hold. The Spanish could not remain oblivious to a movement so powerful and optimistic that even today it is pushing with the same force. In short, we can say that the seventies were the country’s adolescence.

When Spain got used to actively participating in real life and having fun at the same time, an orange, plump and bald being came to conquer hearts ball in hand. With the 1982 Soccer World Cup an immortal icon was born. Naranjito lives in all of us, without us knowing why we love him so much. With so much enthusiasm for the official mascot, we don’t even remember that we lost the World Cup.

The Movida of the 80s was a moment in our history that ended up implementing creativity and full joy as a daily philosophy among Spaniards. When talking about the Movida, there is a coincidence in pointing out the date of February 9, 1980, now 40 years ago, as the starting point of this cultural movement, which excelled in music but also in film, comics, photography and design and that dominated in Spain in the 80s.

That day, a group of young people gathered at the Escuela de Caminos de Madrid to attend a concert by various bands that paid tribute to the musician José Enrique Cano Leal, alias ‘Canito’. Tos’s drummer – a group that would soon be renamed Los Secretos – had died in a car accident on January 1, 1980 and his companions decided to mobilize other musicians of his generation for a massive concert that has gone down in history especially for its symbolic value.

Just ten years later, the digital revolution was already timidly emerging. We all had the beeper in our pockets, as we didn’t want to miss a thing. Young people will think that messaging was born with SMS. Not much less! And the appearance of the first private television channels coincided with the irruption of the Internet, allowing us to intuit what was on the way.

In 1992, between the Barcelona Olympic Games and the Seville Expo, Spain was an international protagonist and destination for millions of visitors. Our country, as promoter of both events, also starred in world cultural and sports life in a year that would not go unnoticed.

We lost our peseta in 2002 and the euro was installed in its place. At six euros, a thousand pesetas. We spent the whole day doing calculations to see if it was expensive or cheap. The ‘Together for Africa’ campaign helped us realize that what was important was not the currency that was leaving us, but everything that could be bought with it.

And so, until today. The Covid-19 turned our lives upside down. Most of us – including governments, businesses, and mere citizens – face the situation in the hope that things will return to normal as soon as possible. However, the coronavirus is a turning point. Some trends are already evident, others will take some time to crystallize, but something is clear: when the pandemic recedes and we recover the streets, we will have before us a different world.


a way of seeing the world and communicating it

Anyone over the age of forty who was born in this country knows what the Node was, and most likely has the tune recorded in their memory. Thinking about the Node is evoking a certain time and a series of images fixed forever in the depths of our retinas: Manolete’s glory evenings, Zarra’s goal, Eisenhower or Eva Perón’s visit to Spain, the Mora Guard , large families, the first Six Hundreds, the arrival of the Swedes, the Azor yacht, Eurovision, the Beatles with a hat and the Cordovan hats … “The whole world within the reach of the Spanish”, this is how the Newscasts and Documentary Documentaries were announced , which were the official informative program, sponsored by the Franco regime, which was seen in theaters – on a compulsory basis – from 1943 to a date as late as 1981.

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