5pm in the nearly empty 5th & 6th grade hallway, during Spain’s huelga general (general strike.) Buses and trains shut down, shops closed, and schools offered only minimal services – a few teachers to watch the handful of students who showed up, and no regular classes.

Has venido durante de un año muy movido, the teachers tell me. You came during a year when we are on the move. It’s true – but between Occupy movements back home, the Arabic Spring, and so many other manifestaciones, it is not only a Spanish movement.


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