Travel Report: Sittin’ Doin’ Nothin’ – Castro Urdiales, Spain.
August 2015. It’s taken me over four years but I’ve finally gotten round to posting my first Sittin’ doin’ nothin’ article. In the summer of 2015 I headed to the coastal town of Castro Urdiales in northern Spain for the latest in a long line of English teaching contracts. That summer schedule was supposed to lead to a long-term contract, but in the end I decided that Castro wasn’t the place for me. If I could sum up the reason I didn’t want to stay in just one image it would be this one: although the town was incredibly beautiful, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had set myself up in Northern Spain’s premier retirement district.
August 2015. With very little to do in my off hours, I’d invariably spend my time wandering Castro’s gorgeous squares and streets soaking up the sunshine and taking photos. In those first few weeks I couldn’t help but wonder where all the other people my age were. This napping grandmother epitomized Castro’s sleepy vibe.
August 2015. I’ve thrown out loads of random sittin’ doin’ nothin’ photos over the years from all over the world. I’m not sure how or when exactly it became a thing, but whenever I share these moments I always get a flurry of amused feedback and now it’s become almost expected of me. If I had to choose Planet Earth’s sittin’ doin’ nothin’ capital it might well be Castro Urdiales, although the street I live in here in Ruian, China could give it a run for its money.
August 2015. The sittin’ doin’ nothin’ rule is simple, they really must be doin’ as close to nothin’ as possible. No talking, singing, reading, playing with their phone etc, just pure unadulterated idleness.
August 2015. Having laid out the blueprint, this last shot is clearly cheating a little but hey, I needed to get five photos together and anyway the guy really was doin’ nothin’ right up until the moment I lined up the shot and he suddenly fished his phone out of his pocket. Damn you, Castro man, damn you.
Although this sedate corner of northern Spain ultimately wasn’t the place for me it’s still an enchanting little town and well worth a visit if you find yourself in the region. To find out more, check out my travel guide to Castro Urdiales.
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