A new season is about to start and I would like to share some reflections about what that means for Spain and its inhabitants.
With the end of August, life goes back to normal after a long summer break that for a significant part of the labour force takes three or four weeks off and for teachers and instructors spans for two months. It is also a reason to stop delaying what should have initiated prior to the vacation time – “mañana, mañana” attitude, also facilitated by leaving most of the summer’s heat behind.
Time to cope with the return to work or looking for a new job, or finding a new place to live due to starting a new position or moving to a location where there are more opportunities, as it was also commented in my Best Timing to Move to Spain post. Touristic and retail industries aside, this moment of the year is one of the best ones to find employment.
If you are interested in building new skills, many academies and instructors offer intensive training in September to make you go to a higher level when their regular lessons begin in October. In other cases, they simply start normal courses in this month.
Related to the previous paragraph and coinciding with what happens at the beginning of the calendar year, many of the goals or intentions set during vacation can be forgotten even before September ends. I have not found that there is anything like ‘Blue Monday’ in this period but I am sure that the third Monday of that month is also sad for many people.
A positive factor of this time is the mildness of the weather which in most of Spain implies not having temperatures above 30ºC (86ºF) during the day or below 10ºC (50ºF) during the night between the end of summer and a good part of autumn, also making going outdoors or weekend travels more appealing, taking advantage of the accommodation availability after its severe restriction during July and August, these recent years more than ever with the touristic boom we are experiencing. Travelling is also encouraged by some “puentes” (long weekends) workers can take advantage off such as the bank holidays of the Spanish National Day (October 12th) and All Saints’ Day (November 1st).
As an evolution sign, the return from holidays is less notable than in the past, where many more businesses and people took the entire month of August off. I remember what an excitement it was coming back to the neighbourhood I lived in Madrid after such breaks and finding out about the adventures and changes friends and acquaintances had experienced. The return to school was however far less appealing!
Another noticeable change is that the new season of “la Liga” (the Spanish football/Soccer League) starts in the third or fourth week of August, leaving also the impression that you never get a rest from that sport if you live in Spain and a good part of Europe. “Todos los días futbol” (everyday football/soccer) when domestic and international competitions are at full speed by Mid-September.
How are you facing this new season? Any resolutions or goals? Any difference with the start of previous ones?
Links of Interest
Blog de Recursos Humanos. Los mejores meses para encontrar trabajo
Kocher.es. Temperatures and Precipitations of Spain’s Main Cities
Wikipedia. Spanish National Day (“Fiesta Nacional de España”)
Wikipedia. Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day)
Photos: Racing Circuit, Jerez. Palacio de Cristal, Madrid.