We met some people in Salamanca today who were going to spend Christmas in Cumbria in the UK. We got on to talking about the differences between day length in Spain and the UK.
So, in our old haunt of Huntingdon today we would get 7 hours and 41 minutes of daylight with dawn just after five past eight and dusk about ten to four.
In Pinoso, where our house is, in Alicante, in Spain it would be 9 hours and 31 minutes of daylight with dawn at about a quarter past eight and dusk at a quarter to six.
And here, in Ciudad Rodrigo, we have 9 hours and 17 minutes of daylight with dawn not coming till quarter to nine but dusk equally late at six on the dot.
Maths aside what actually counts is that it gets dark here a couple of hours later than in the UK at this time of year and that just feels so much nicer.