Barcelona, a photo a day

29/S


Today, September 29th, general strike in Spain and in many other European countries. Here is this morning’s BBC article about it:

The Spanish government has approved an austerity budget for 2011 which includes a tax rise for the rich and 8% spending cuts.
Madrid has promised European counterparts to cut its deficit to 6% of its gross domestic product (GDP) next year, from 11.1% last year.
Government workers face a pay cut of 5%, starting in June, and salaries will then be frozen for 2011.
A tax rise of 1% will be applied to personal income above 120,000 euros.
Smaller savings include an end to a 2,500-euro cash payout for new mothers, known as “baby cheques”.
Unemployment has more than doubled – to about 20% – since 2007.

Although sympathizing with the strikers, this blog is open for business. So, here is today’s Watery Wednesday post. Ciutadella Park, our magnificent fountain

As usual, click here to see more photos for this Watery Wednesday nr 107.

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14 responses

  1. The beauty of this shot is in contrast to the ugliness of the economy. 😦

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    September 30, 2010 at 6:25 am

  2. It just seems like the whole world is hurting in one way or another. We just need to share a little love and hope along the way. Nice photos.

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    September 30, 2010 at 2:13 am

  3. That must be the most magnificent fountain I have ever seen. It's truly beautiful. Hopefully the economic situation will improve in the not too distant future.

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    September 30, 2010 at 12:49 am

  4. City came nearly to a complete stand still over here as well … walked a few miles to get to my lessons. For Oct. 7th a new strike is already planed. Courage and patience, as well as a good Thursday for you all.

    daily athens

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    September 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm

  5. Sorry to hear about your difficulties, I loved my time in Spain. Lovely photo.

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    September 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm

  6. I'm surprised to learn how high the unemployment is! NOT good! I can see why so many people are unhappy.

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    September 29, 2010 at 11:34 am

  7. Magnificent is precisely the right word.

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    September 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

  8. Wow, 20% unemployment is brutal.

    Nice photo.

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    September 29, 2010 at 11:13 am

  9. California is in total chaos. Eighteen months ago, I lost my 21 year job as a forensic nurse with the city and county of San Francisco. At 64, I went ahead and retired but only on a half pension, with an income now of $90,000 less a year. I love Barcelona and was there, I fear, for the last time a year ago, to celebrate my 65th birthday. Your photos are important to me – and memories of the ten trips there in the past!!

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    September 29, 2010 at 10:03 am

  10. The economy looks bad everywhere. I hope it turns around soon. Love the shot of the fountain. The statues are beautiful.

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    September 29, 2010 at 9:08 am

  11. That's a beautiful photo of that lovely fountain. Good luck with the economic future.

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    September 29, 2010 at 6:59 am

  12. The radio here announced that El Al had to cancel its flight to Barcelona today.
    Wow, 20% unemployment. Let's hope things get better, all over.
    Beautiful fountain, that will stay.

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    September 29, 2010 at 5:56 am

  13. Bad news, followed by a very nice shot!:)
    Well, I knew it was going to be problems with travel to and from Spain, because “Scandinavian Airlines” announced that…..
    But I can understand WHY it has come to a strike too.
    Hope the strike can end up in something positive.

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    September 29, 2010 at 5:46 am

  14. i hope it's going to be a peaceful strike. we're all having a difficult time. i just comfort myself with “this too shall pass…”:p

    the fountain is gorgeous. keep it cool.

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    September 29, 2010 at 4:58 am