By: Steve Dellar | 01-07-2018 | News
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Video - Spaniards Panic As Madrid Snow Storm Traps Thousands In Cars

As a European, Spain is my favourite holiday country. I go often and am always able to relax. The last time I visited, I arrived stressed and went home relaxed, and trapped myself getting agitated over the slow reaction of the receptionist checking me into my hotel in the first hours as my thoughts were still trapped in my work stress.

But as soon as I arrived at the pool and saw the sun, a sight sorely missed in most of western Europe during the winter, I immediately settled into the southern Spanish ‘mañana mañana’ mood, meaning: whatever you’re worried about, we can do it tomorrow.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">10cm on snow on the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AP6</a> and the whole motorway has shut down for 70km leaving Madrid, leaving people stranded for 13 hours in their cars. Looks like I have a <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#snowday</a> tomorrow! <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#notmoving</a> from my warm house</p>&mdash; Nail Snail (@NailaAther) <a href="">January 7, 2018</a></blockquote>

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However, this mood also means that whenever anything unexpected happens in Spain, the Mediterranean emotion and furious anger which always remains just underneath the surface takes the upper hand.

Like this weekend in the north of the capital Madrid, when motorists returning home from the family after the Epiphany festivities (where they celebrate the passing of the three kings to see the new-born Jesus) were hit with an unusual winter storm leaving them with 10cm of snow on the highway, something which they are not used to very well in the area.

Many thousands of them were trapped in their cars and vented their frustrations at police and emergency services, who, according to many Spaniards, reacted too slow.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">El excepcional trabajo de la <a href="">@UMEgob</a>, sacando de la ratonera de la <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AP6</a> a varios miles de personas, han puesto colorados a más de uno (DGT y Fomento). Gracias por el esfuerzo! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Miguel Cuartas (@miguel_cuartas) <a href="">January 7, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Carlos Treviño says he spent 13 hours stuck in his cars in the snow: “There are thousands of us here with no information,”

“There’s been nothing, absolutely nothing. They’re not telling us what they’re doing on the radio or on the internet, or what’s going to happen to us. We haven’t seen a snowplow for hours.”

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Nevadas</a> <br>Gran trabajo de <a href="">@guardiacivil</a> <a href="">@UMEgob</a> <a href="">@DGTes</a> y todos los profesionales que han ayudado a las personas atrapadas en la <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AP6</a> por la nieve.<br>La paciencia de unos y el esfuerzo de otros han ido de la mano durante estas horas.<br> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Emergencias Sevilla (@EmergenciasSev) <a href="">January 7, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Anonymous No. 15488 2018-01-07 : 18:53

Ah yeah, the Spanish temperament. Tell me about it.

Anonymous No. 15495 2018-01-07 : 21:00

How's the pig farm jim?

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