In China it has been said, that many city dwellers have returned to the country as the cost of living soars and accomodation and work becomes increasingly competitive. The numbers quoted are in the millions.
In Spain, a similar, but obviously smaller exodus has been reported - and it would be wonderful to believe that the acequias, the bancales and the old stone terraces were about to be restored before they become lost altogether - but how true is this urban/rural legend?
Certainly here - in the city of water - many more people are talking about growing their own food as a way to make ends meet and there has certainly been land cultivated that just last year was abandoned.
Well, this weeks recommended podcast is From our Own Correspondant - and the very first part is a report by Chris Stewart (of Alpujarran Lemon fame) who claims (via a conversation with "Paco") that a simar movement is adrift here too. Listen to the episode listed below and let me know if you were convinced.