|Pere, in front of his father's fishing boat|
Both he and his flatmate, Quim, are members of Catalunya's CUP, Candidatura Unitat Popular, and Quim is one of the party's three representatives in Vilanova i la Geltru's 25-member City Council. Neither Quim nor his party colleagues accept pay for their work in the City Council, and the party has no leaders; no one to assume power and call all the shots; no one to be corrupted. They are believers in grassroots Democracy, and they would rather walk out of a City Council meeting than be forced into voting on one of two unacceptable propositions. They are gaining in popularity, and have become favorites of the press, which Quim says has it's negative side; they are being encouraged to structure themselves like other political parties by choosing a leader and getting themselves into the national (or rather, Spanish ) political scene.
In any case, whatever one's political orientation, CUP presents a model of what down-to-earth real Democracy looks like.
Oh, and both Pere and Quim were fantastic hosts too.
|The town hall of Vilanova i la Geltru|
|Quim, CUP representative, in casual and office attire|
|On the left, a Catalan independence flag, and on the right, the Scottish flag. Scotland is up for a referendum on independence in 2014|
|Two supporters on the walk from Vilanova to Castelldefels|
|This walk offered a beautiful view when I wasn't dodging cars and trucks|
|My generous host in Castelldefels, Susana, who has taken up a form of Korean meditation called 'Maum'. With a degree in Industrial Electronics, she is now studying History and English.|
|The castle in Castelldefels|