The Travellers’ Story

The few remaining old folk in Grado del Pico say that in the past the winters used to be harder and longer, and much crueler.  They sometimes speak in a complaining tone, reminiscing on those winters of long ago, wistful when they recall the tumbling snow flakes falling incessantly, day after day.  During those winter…

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Pili’s Story

After chasing up on the local priest, Jackie and Ronnie eventually bought what is called El Prado de La Virgen – The Virgin’s Prarie.  For the next couple of years, they employed all the young and not so young men in the village and as far away as Riaza, which in those days was as remote as Grado…

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The Story of a Bag full of Nuts

Some people are under the impression that rural life is free from stress, and villages are full of friendly people who live in harmony.  This is the scenario during the village fiestas.  But before and after the fiestas, village life can be anything but pastoral and this story is an example of it. As mentioned in…

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Julito’s Story

There was a very old and rather hunched-back woman who lived with her only son in Grado del Pico until she died.  She was bent over with the terrible pain that was her burden.  This old woman had given birth to two sturdy sons who soon got tired of the hard and sometimes lonely life…

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Domingo’s Story

One of the actual inhabitants in Grado del Pico is a man in his mid forties by the name of Domingo.  Domingo lived the early years of his life in the village where he went to school in the old school house which only had one classroom with some hard wooden desks, a blackboard and…

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The American’s Hotel

This is the story of how the American’s hotel in Grado del Pico came to be.  In the mid fifties of the last century, a newly married couple, Ronnie and Jackie, settled down in Madrid.  Ronnie was American and was a member of the army, and Jackie was French, and a dog lover.  In fact, she…

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