Road Work

May 23, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos, Timelapse, Videos 859 views

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I’m sure that you all noticed, but politely held back your complaints, about the Cactus Cam being down for two days. Thank you for that. This is because the timelapse photography apparatus, consisting of my old Powerbook sitting on a shoe box, sitting on a stool, and my firewire webcam hung out the window, was moved to the other side of the house to film the paving of our street.

Our street didn’t really need paving, certainly not as much as other streets in town, but our neighborhood is somewhat affluent, according to the local butcher, and the mayoral elections are coming up soon.


This is the “before” picture. It was pretty spooky to see this street without any cars parked along the sides. As you can see, there were parallel parking spaces along each side of the one-way street, with an “Is this one lane or two?” lane down the middle. Double parking is quite common at the start and end of school (the entire block on the right is a school).


This is a zoomed in “after” picture that I took a few minutes ago. It looks like they are going to increase parking by switching to the, more American, method of angled parking spaces, removing the ambiguity about how many lanes the street has. Something tells me that double parking is still going to happen, thereby completely blocking this vital neighborhood artery.


“Okay, this is where I draw the line!”


Looks pretty good! But then most things do with a fresh coat of paint.

Show us the timelapse already!! Okay, okay, here it is…


  • By my counting in the above pictures, we used to have 13 parking spots, and now we have 30! That’s definitely worth the noise and car removal we’ve had to put up with.

  • Uncle Neil

    Here there are two school bus routes that touch the Canada border and each of them are 90 km one way. Does your school use buses and if so where will they park to pick up and drop off the teachers and children?

  • I have never once seen a school bus in all of Spain. Certainly not yellow ones, anyway. Because “rural” Spain is so densely packed into little urban centers, there’s really no need. I’m pretty sure that most kids over the age of 5 walk to school. Not having been a student or parent in this country, I don’t have much knowledge about the subject.

    Wow! Did you use the metric system just now!! Go Uncle Neil!

  • I agree that the upgrade might have been parking related. Pity I was looking forward to you using your blog to bring down a corrupt mayor! Viva la Interneto!!!

  • Our school has buses, as do most Spanish schools in cities of a certain size. They are just not the yellow kind you find in America. Here, the schools hire private bus companies, and the buses are the same as those used to travel between cities and for group trips. They don’t have the name of the school on them, and the colors depend on the company, but you can tell which service they’re on by the plaque in the window, which tells you the school and the route. My kids walk to school since it’s just behind our house, but a lot of kids come from all around by bus.