The vast poetry of empty streets and colorful houses leaves a lot of space for imagination and dreaming, because it is siesta time at Santa Cruz de la Palma and most shops have now really closed till 5 p.m. This kind of antique deceleration during noon seems today a bit bizarre in a time of multiple tasking and emerging velocities of all thinkable sorts but it just follows irrevocably these very old ambitions and cycles. Also the sun now moves slowly around the next corner where the shadows shrink to minimalistic images of black, white, blue and red.
All is slowing down irresistible, and time stands still for a while allowing us immediately to pay attention to the real being instead of automatically performed doing. Such idea(l)s are the vivid motor of Cittaslow – the movement for Slow Cities worldwide. Fired by the success and support for Slow Food the Cittaslow movement was founded in Italy 1999 and comprises today 228 city members in over 20 different countries. In order to become a member city a lot of criteria have to be fulfilled, so these cities stand up against the fast-lane and homogenized urban nightmares. But today the respective overwhelming desiring is also present in very big cities and metropoles, just have a look and then you can surely discover it everywhere.