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Rural Spain has long captured the country’s imagination, portrayed in literature as otherworldly, sublime. But some villages are nothing more than a handful of stone houses along a dirt road. There are no schools, no hospitals, no bars, no children.  https://lat.ms/30iaIpX 

Calzadilla de la Cueza has 50 people officially registered as residents — but probably only 30 actually live there.

For decades residents have fled these towns for big cities, a migration trend started in the '50s.

Now, 90% of the population live in 1,500 cities and towns that together occupy only 30% of the country’s land. In many rural towns, aging male farmers are often the only ones left.

This is where la caravana de mujeres — a private bus that takes single women from Madrid to small, rural towns for an evening of food, drink and dance with local farmers — comes in.

These women represent a cross section of Spain’s turn-of-the-21st-century immigration boom. They're colombianas and dominicanas, cubanas and peruanas. They're acupuncturists and writers, caregivers and chefs. They're domestic violence survivors, single mothers, grandmothers.

tells the story in today’s Column One, with photos by Angel Navarrete:  https://lat.ms/30iaIpX 

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