If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may not be aware that a group of Spaniards called the “Indignados” (Indignants) have been fighting against the “Man”. For 2 months, they’ve raised their clenched fists in protest against the economic crisis, calling out corruption, unemployment, low salaries, lack of affordable housing, and the poor treatment against immigrants, to name a few.
But as of yesterday, with backpacks weighted with camping gear, protests signs and solid walking shoes, they’ve begun the 1,500 km trek to Brussels in order to raise awareness on a global scale. “We are going to continue, we are going to be even stronger, we are uniting for Europe because the problems we are facing are global. They also exist in Paris, in Montpellier, in Brussels”, added protester, Enrique Gasch.
The route they have chosen is not clear to us, though if any marchers are listening, we want to offer our services in a small way. We assume you might be headed up through Ribera del Duero, passing through Aranda del Duero. Or you might head over to Rioja first and then up through Basque country. Either way, for long marches, you’ll need fortification, and we have some solid options for you. Mind you, we don’t mean for this to be taken lightly. You’ll need to some extra “oomph” if you plan to make it Brussels. Hence here are our suggestions.
Just remember, when fierce winds and cold rains hit your day-glow orange jacket (safety first people), what else is going to keep your warm and loved than a young Rioja red? When temperatures soar, doesn’t everyone need an effervescent and brilliantly charming Txacoli in their scuffed up thermos? And what about bartering? If you lose your blanket, God knows that you’ll go far if you have a few extra bottles of Ribera del Duero on hand! Strategy is key!
We also encourage anyone who happens to stumble across this mini migration to go support these guys by bringing them some decent wine. Remember, without spunky and engaged people who are willing to question the status quo, we as a society won’t get very far.
Ryan and Gabriella Opaz
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