I'm blaming this one squarely on Debbie, who recently posted about studying Spanish.
You see... CatMan and I have been studying Spanish together for nearly 20 years now. It's been so long that I can't even remember how or why we got started - but it's something we both enjoy very much.
Over the years we've done lots of things En Español, including reading books together, studying grammar, learning songs in Spanish, and, or course, watching the Spanish language television stations.
But the ones that always suck me in are the telenovelas - and none more so than one made around 20 years ago called Corazón Salvaje.
So when Debbie asked about how people have gone about studying Spanish, I mentioned the show, and went to see if I could find a clip on YouTube. And lo and behold... I found that someone had posted the entire series up there.
Seriously, it has NOTHING to do with Eduardo Palomo who plays Juan del Diablo.
|RIP Eduardo Palomo - the actor died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2003 from a heart attack.|
It also has nothing to do with the steamy love scenes between Juan and Monica.
Seriously though, I'm not sure what exactly it is about this particular show that gets to me, but I just LOVE it. It's a sordid tale of love and betrayal between two brothers and two sisters.
This particular version (the story has been the basis for several movies and more than one telenovela) is set around the turn of the century in a small village on the Mexican coast near Veracruz.
And eye candy notwithstanding, I just love the entire ambiance of the production.
There's just something quiet about it all... the tropical setting, in a time before cars and telephones and televisions and radios and all sorts of noise making devices.
People travel by carriage or horseback.
People walk to the markets to do their shopping carrying their goods home in a basket.
And people live in these wonderful adobe houses that feel quiet and cool just looking at them.
I dunno... just imagining living in that world sorta makes some part of me unwind on a fundamental level.
Of course... it wasn't all romance and palm leaves back then. There's also the fact that people regularly died from things like falling off of horses or infections, or childbirth.
And, there's the enormous societal inequity...
And if you were a woman, your choices were to get married, be a servant, be a prostitute, enter the convent... and that's about it.
And seriously, can you imagine having to wear a corset... in a tropical climate no less?
But don't bother me with the facts, I'm busy enjoying my irrational glorification of a bygone era! Besides... this is a purely, ahem, linguistic study.
Now, if you'll pardon me, I seem to feel the vortex of episode 16 sucking me in...
So how about you? Do you ever have an irrationally rosy picture of what the past must have been like?