Friday, April 5, 2013


Soldiers clad in shining iron used to cross this river in the endless wars between France and Spain. They would return limping, clutching notched swords and bleeding comrades.

I imagine at one time there were probably fortifications on one side or the other of the Bidasoa River. Now there is nothing but a bridge connecting Irun and Hendaye, Spain and France, cheaper cigarettes and cheaper wine. We were at least expecting a "Bienvenidos a España" sign. Nothing doing.

Thank you European Union for making war in Europe practically unthinkable, but couldn't you have at least left a sign?