Is That Really Necessary?

Right now I’m walking the Camino Frances route of the Camino de Santiago, which is basically a 30-day trek/walk across northern Spain.  I’m currently 8 days in (started in Pamplona) and holed up in the small town of Belorado for the rest of the day.  Two days ago, after a very long climb in the hot afternoon sun, I came across the following sign in the little rest area at the top of the hill:

Now, keep in mind that this sign is basically in the middle of nowhere… here’s a shot from about halfway up the hill just before the rest stop in which this sign was posted (the road ahead had more of the same):

I know… it doesn’t look like much, but when it’s approaching 100 degrees, you’ve been walking for 6 hours, and one of the straps on the backpack you’re carrying just snapped… it’s harder than it looks… trust me.

So that sign really makes me wonder a couple of things (besides the post title)… First, was there a such a huge problem with humans defecating at the top of this hill that it actually warranted a sign… or did the man in charge of the rest area just feel that a fence surrounding an open field in the middle of a larger open field at the top of a hill in the middle of nowhere looked like a such an inviting place to do one’s business that a preemptive no pooping sign was required?  Second, I can only imagine the things that were said in conversations between the sign designer and the sign design approval committee (cause you know that one exist right)… things like “I think the pile of poop needs to be a little bigger…and maybe a little less liquidy”… or “I think we need some falling poop just in case people don’t get that this sign represents a person taking a dump”… or “what is the appropriate number of droplets that would convey the idea that this man is crapping outside”… or even “how would one hold their arms while pooping a field…maybe more flailing would be appropriate”… ahh to be a fly on the wall in that meeting room (get it…fly…poop…never mind).  Third, almost every sign on the Camino not written solely in Spanish is written in four languages (Spanish, German, English and French) EXCEPT… and this is a big exception… except the signs telling people not to do completely stupid things (as in the example above)… those are always written in Spanish and English only.  So, clearly, the Spanish believe English is the language of choice for people doing really stupid things (probably close to true from what I’ve seen so far in Spain though).  I’m still a bit stumped as to why it’s there, but at least it made me laugh despite being really tired… so a very big thank you to whomever decided to put it there (and yes, it’s the only “Prohibido Defecar” sign I’ve seen in Spain… so far).


4 thoughts on “Is That Really Necessary?

  1. Dude. That shit cray. It’s not the military surplus bag that broke, is it? Made in the USA, a bit disappointing, if so.

    • No, not my military surplus duffel bag… I took about 2/3rds of my stuff, put it in that bag and mailed it to the end of the line so I wouldn’t have to carry it the whole way. I bought a super cheap bag in Pamplona before I left… at least one thing broke every day until it finally gave up the ghost on that hill.

    • Yes ma’am, I’m wearing sunscreen and a very big hat.

      I wouldn’t say I’ve been “missing” that… but I’ve noticed that Spain watches some of the USA’s crappy shows, just dubbed into Spanish, so maybe I’ll catch the full episode in a month or so.

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