Las Hurdes

It's milder here than in the neighbouring province of Salamanca.
In spring they take the hives to Castilla.
Then, it's common to see pack animals laden with hives...
...heading for Castilla.
One day, we came across a donkey laden with hives.
Two Hurdanos are taking it to Salamanca.
Later, while we were eating, we were asked for help.
The donkey was tied up and one of the hives had fallen.
It was being attacked by bees.
It tried to defend itself...
...but more hives had fallen.
And swarms of bees had descended on it.
An hour later it was dead. A month before our arrival...
... three men and eleven donkeys had died the same way.
May and June are the hardest months in Las Hurdes.
The potatoes have run out.
The villagers eat unripe cherries.
lt gives them dysentery.
This is when the exodus begins.
All the able-bodied men who don't have a fever...
...head for Castilla or Extremadura to find work in the fields.
We came across several of these caravans: of 10, 30, 50 men.
They were carrying only a blanket.
They have neither money nor bread
and they are going on foot to find work.

We came upon another group several days later.
They were returning as they'd come, without money or bread.