As per the OECD data and the latest population census, Spain is the country with greatest life expectancy after Japan. The average life expectancy at birth in Spain is 83.2. Photographer Andrea Comas who have interviewed Spaniards aged over 100 from across the country says that most of the men and women here show a zest for life and have interests in drama’s and music apart from the daily duties like taking care of their children and doing farming.
Andrea mentioned “Pedro Rodriguez” who is 106 and plays piano every day. He lives with his wife who is 20 years younger to him.
Most of them who were interviewed when asked about their vivid memories recalled Spain’s 1936 to 1939 civil war which set neighbor against neighbor and resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.
So what has kept these Spaniards going for so long? When asked about tips for long life, it was said that a spoonful of honey a day to regular intake of gazpacho (a traditional cold Spanish soup made from tomatoes and cucumbers). 101 year-old Gumersindo Cubo thanks his childhood for his long life which was spent in a house in the woods with his eight brothers and sisters. He told “It’s from inhaling the pine resin from the woods where I lived as a child”