Saturday, 26 December 2009

Can any city in Spain be worse than Barcelona?

Oh yes. Valencia.

Purely from the perspective of an artist who still relies on street work for about 70% of my income - Valencia is absolutely shyte.

Finally, policia local tell me I will never get permission. Permission doesn't actually exist. They tell you that you need permission, you can and fill in all the forms, queue to get them stamped, and then they go into the recycle bin.

Actually, it's not policia local here, it's PLV - Valencia's very own branded local police protecting all business interests and ensuring all income from tourists arrives safely in it's rightful place and stopping anyone else from making a penny. I'm on Third and final warning from locals and secret police. It's been raining often. I almost got arrrested for calling secret police facist cunts. I think they actually took it as a compliment. Next to impossible to make money from art on the streets here. I picked up a bit of commissioned work that just about covered hostal fees. I am stuck here. It's another trap.

Whatever cash I have in my pocket at the end of today goes on a bus ticket to get as far away as possible. That is not likley to be very far, but at least it's a start!


Sara said...

Try to offer the major a suit or any other expensive present...Actually there is a corruption plot right there...

The Lost Photographer said...

I wasn't going to mention corruption, but as you have...

Nice weather today and I've made a bit to get moving with. I like Valencia in many ways, more bollocks to it's style than Barcelona.

It does seem to be a little corrupt though. Not that I have any evidence, or anything.

Went to get the bus yesterday. There wasn't one. Went today, but missed the only morning bus, so I'm here for just one more night. I was worried I was going to get stuck and die here at one point!