Last weekend, a big gathering of andalusian Urban Sketchers took place at the beautiful and small village of Grazalema, one of the so-called White Towns in the mountains of south-western Spain. There we went sketchers from Málaga, Seville, Cádiz and Córdoba, some of the best-known andalusian cities, but also from farther places as Madrid or Lisbon. It was definitely a good opportunity to spend three days sharing drawings and conversations with friends you do not see often.
As elections to the european parliament were held on that Sunday, we found the town square full of banners from different political parties, quietly hanging side by side. Coming from a big city, where this kind of propaganda stands well separated one from the other, it was an striking sight. Apart from that, the view was that of a typical southern village: tiled roofs, whitewashed walls... the square surrounded by the town hall, the church and the savings bank. And in the background, tall limestone cliffs enclosing the view.
In one of them, halfway to the top and partially hidden by the forest, are the ruins of an old chapel. Its roof was gone long ago, but the walls still stand. On the last day, the group climbed there to sketch the remains and the splendid panorama from the site. It was the last sketch of the weekend, after which we took the compulsory photo of the group and traveled home. It was time for voting!