Petra worked for many years in a profession that no longer exists; she managed the telephone in Yanguas. She was the daughter of the village constables and they lived in the house where the telephone was installed. So, with some training and, above all, with a lot of gumption and by asking her fellow workers in the nearby villages, she learned the trade of telephone operator.
Her job was to connect with the nearby towns, such as Huérteles, Trébago, San Pedro Manrique, etc. so that they could put her on a conference call with cities like Madrid or Barcelona.
Meanwhile, his two children entertained themselves in one of the large rooms of the house, using the tricycle or playing the handstand on the sofas.
Many people came to the conferences to talk to their families. Some of them gave some coins to Petra’s children, as they often helped with the tasks involved in managing the telephone. They had to constantly go to the different houses to pass on messages such as: “In 20 minutes, so-and-so is calling”. They spent the day carrying messages to the neighbours so that they would come to the telephone.
Many years ago the house where Petra lived most of her life was renovated. The telephone was removed to become the town hall, the school and, more recently, the tourist office. Petra and her husband, however, still live in Yanguas and are the oldest permanent residents of the village.