Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ArtTraveler showcases portraits of the heroes of Andalusia's mountains, the campesinos

People often ask me, as one of the handful of Yanks living in this area, why I chose Canillas de Albaida in the mountains above Torre del Mar.

My answer is the people.

The people define this landscape in every way.

Especially the campesinos, the farmer - peasants of the land. The land is integral to their corazon, the heart and soul of these people, especially the men who toil tirelessly regardless of age on the small plots of land they call their own.

I frequently walk the ancient goat trail from Canillias de Albaida to Competa, about a 30-minute walk into the national park. And along it I saw the campesinos workiing the land and simply enjoying the ambience that was and is theirs, a hertiage.

When you encounter these men, you feel an immediate bond.

These are men of the earth, whose dedication to land is likely second only to the Virgin Mary. It is their strength, their simplicity and wisdom and transparency of personality that reveals them as men whose affection for Spain and especially Andalusia is closet to their hearts.

All images by Stefan van Drake.

Rock on and practicer peace and love. See also ArtTraveler videos on YouTube, and please check in on the travails of Dutch walkers Rob and Joost on their 1,000 km pilgramage from Seville to Santiago de Compostela (Via de la Plata).

Stefan, the ArtTraveler(TM).

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