Saturday, 19 November 2011

Tobi el castañero

JIMENA This is Tobi (short for Cristóbal). He sells castañas, or chestnuts. He sells them by the main square. He roasts them in a home made device that is in fact traditional wherever roasted chestnuts are sold at this time of year (we read an article recently complaining about how they had disappeared from cities). The appearance of the castañero marks the unofficial start of Autumn, which seems to be happening later every year. Anyway, Tobi is one of Jimena's characters. He calls himself un buscavidas, which means he will tackle (almost) anything to feed the wolves at his door. And his castañas are good, even better at €1 a paper cone-full.

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