Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday, March 22

Leaving Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, we traveled to historic Ronda. The origins of the city of Ronda go back to the Bastulo Celts who called it Arunda.  In the 2nd century B.C., the Romans entered the peninsula and the town was converted into a fortress. After 711, Ronda took its place as one of the most important towns and fortresses in the south of Spain. In the afternoon, we traveled to Jerez and toured the Sherry Bodega Winery, where we tasted wine and sampled tapas.

Fast facts about Spain:

  • average wage is $1500-$1600 euros/ month
  • employee and employer taxes total about 33.75% of the earnings
  • citizens have free medical care
  • employees paid for 14 months/year (one extra month for vacation and one extra month for holidays
  • employees receive full pension at 65 years old
  • 85% of Spaniards belong to middle class
  • unemployment is at 20%
  • population slightly increasing due to immigrants entering Spain from South America, Africa, Asia, Russia, and Ukraine

Tomorrow--facts about Seville.

Deborah Lamm