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Mount Orégano
Sue Burke
Why Mount Oregano? 
13th-Jun-2012 11:32 am
Let me see..

Why do I call myself Mount Oregano?

"The mountain isn't all oregano," they say here in Spain: No todo el monte es orégano.

That means that nothing is entirely easy. A patch of oregano is soft and aromatic, but a hike in the hills will have prickly and stinky moments. Not everything can be oregano.

It's an old saying. You can find it mentioned in Don Quixote de La Mancha in Chapter 36.

And while I try to behave well, I can have my rough moments.

I took the photo in Peñalara National Park in the mountains near Madrid. It was a beautiful hike, but the trail on the mountainside was not for people with poor balance — a potential for some very prickly moments.

— Sue Burke

13th-Jun-2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Hm. I thought it was a reference to 1960s marijuana culture. ;-) Plus an echo of the rhythm of some classic mountain.

14th-Jun-2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
No, a Spanish reference. Besides, here it's legal to smoke marijuana in private. No need for "oregano." In fact, you can buy seeds from a grow shop and grow your own -- only for botanical research, of course.

What a country!
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