Yesterday, when Jesús went off to work he found the road cut off due to flooding and he came back to warn me that bus wouldn't be able to get through Mutilva.
So, I decided to go to a stop a bit further up. This was about half an hour after Jesús left and I took the camera to see if I could get some good pictures along the way. To my surprise, the mess had been completely cleared up and the bus was on time. Now there's efficiency for you. We had more flooding during the afternoon, and again workers came immediately to clear it up.
The point to all this is that not all of Spain is inefficient.
I am sick of reading blog after blog by expats from around the world (Brits and Americans being the worst) whining about lack of customer service, inefficient workers, and the laziness of Spaniards in general. I invite them to visit Pamplona and see how wrong they really are, we have excellent services, health centers, sports facilities, and things get done when people say they'll be done. For example, I recently ordered new curtains; I picked out the fabric and was given a date for 2 weeks later to have them installed. My curtains arrived exactly on the promised date, and this is not an isolated incident. When we ask for an appointment to see the doctor we almost always get an appointment for the same day, and I could go on and on giving more examples of how well things work around here.
Now I know this is one of the wealthier regions in Spain, and the government here spends its money wisely, and that makes a difference. In other parts of the country there is a generalized lack of organization, and lack of resources. After having spent a year in Málaga we could definitely see the difference between North and South, but things worked much better than I expected (especially after all the stories you hear). On the other hand, the more laid-back attitude you find in the South, while it takes getting used to, does make for a more relaxed lifestyle. Up here people are more uptight, and not as open to meeting new people, although once you get to know them they are very loyal friends. So, each region has its pros and cons, but one thing I can say for sure is that Spaniards are not lazy, they just have a different way of looking at things than in other countries.