I read in a guidebook that the Christmas festivities start early here. Celebrated on December 7th in Leon and December 8th in the rest of the country, La Griteria Immaculate or the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Roman Catholic holiday. We celebrated it growing up with a special Mass and dinner at my grandparent's house. Here in Nicaragua where the majority of the population is Roman Catholic, these feast days become big celebrations.
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The cat ended up living with us for two full days. One day we fend it tuna fish. The next day we ended up breaking down and buying real cat food assuming that he might be around for a while.
But after getting some real cat foot in his system and a good night's sleep he appears to have decided to go back and look for his family. No sign of him today.
Having lived in southern Spain for a while now, I have gotten used to the food schedules, more or less. Breakfast basically does not happen. Maybe coffee and a croissant (filled with chocolate, of course.) Then lunch won't start until 2:30 and if you don't make it before 5:00 you are out of luck.
Then dinner, which is generally pretty small, is after 7:30 for sure and likely after 8:00. But be quick about it because by 11:00 most things are closed and there is no more food.