We have to do this “walking tour” of Cadíz, based off the book A Thousand and One Stories of Pericón de Cadíz . And although it’s kind of a pain (because Pericón lived in the early 20th century and Cadíz looks like this ), it’s actually an interesting way to connect to the novel and some of the history of Flamenco.
Sadly, it does seem like a dying art form, but as we have explored the city looking for places that still exist, 100 years after Pericón experienced them, it is really interesting toexperience history in the 21st century. More intriguing to me, it is cool to see the difference between Europe and America. Sure, some of the streets that Pericón mentions no longer exist or have been renamed, but it’s amazing how much of this city is strikingly similar to its layout in 1920-30-40 and ’50s even.
In the US, we would be hard pressed to find a city almost identical its form 100 years in the past; here, all of the cities change, grow, and perserve their history at the same time.
Cool, fascinating, educational, and yes, annoying (did you see those streets?!)