I loved the books of Benito Pérez Galdós, and once long (long, long) ago when SWMNBMIMB took me to a flamenco evening, it turned out someone or other there (er husband of a Spanish government employee perhaps?) was from the Canary Islands, so I was thrilled, and so was he that someone had brought up that author (Him: I am from the Canary Islands. Me: ZOMG Benito Pérez Galdós!!! Him: Yes!!!). Although it's been eons since I read those books I think about them fairly often.
About the only other memory I have with the CI was something about driving through Cali with my brother and talking at length to a man at a restaurant who was from the CI. He was with a young woman who didn't say a word, and who seemed very mildly retarded to me. Wife or daughter, I can't remember.
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