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Spain is a foreign country whose patriotic spirit only shows up in the national team or in the Eurovision Song Contest

This night is the night. At least for Euro fans. And for those of us who joined at the last minute, the converts who have rediscovered our faith, the prodigal sons who returned home from the youthful musical fevers. I went from enjoying the Eurovision Song Contest as a kid (my parents in bed, my grandmother in the rocking chair, me on the couch, the two of us with the tongue of a viper and the ear of a consumer, giving birth to half of Europe) to hate it as a teenager: how could I like that, as modern and civilized as I was. And turkey, it was mostly turkey. And full of prejudice. But Rosa de España and her naive charm made me believe again. Reason always betrays me and my heart dominates.

That night in 2002, my gang got together for dinner. Each brought a typical dish from a country. “What the hell do you eat in Lithuania?” Carmen asked me. If we didn’t know how to put many of the participating countries on the map, we would be even less likely to know about their gastronomy. We were more lost than Belén Esteban when he released “I’ve been to Dubrovnik, the pearl of Antarctica.” Finally, we found out through the Paleolithic internet that in Lithuania they ate ‘balandeliai’, a cabbage leaf filled with rice, minced meat and vegetables. This time we have it better: thanks to Putin, we Europeans have taken a crash course in geopolitics. And fear in the body.

Spain is a foreign country whose patriotic spirit only shows up in the national team or in the Eurovision Song Contest. Well, as rare as the rest of the continent, that comes together one night a year to enjoy the backfire, the glitter, the crazy songs and the impossible choreography. Eurovision is the decline of Europe. And from Australia, which is also participating. How good.

Source: La Verdad

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