Well you can’t say that Spain roads aren’t partial to diversions. You arrive anywhere you haven’t been for a while, and all of a sudden you can’t go the way you remember. There’s a big sign pointing you the other way, but it doesn’t say “diversión” does it? It says “desvío”.
So, I hear you say, what does “diversión” mean? Well, it means entertainment! I’m sure you’ll agree that there isn’t an immediate association between this and negotiating a load of backstreets in your car, but there is in fact an interesting link there.
In Spanish “diversión” means to get away from the norm, to divert from the routine and amuse yourself with other things. Something that is fun is “divertido” – it distracts you from your daily routine for a while.
I’ll leave you to think about that, perhaps next time you are following one of those wonderful diversions or “desvíos” that not only take you off the beaten track, but forget to tell you how to get back on it again at the other end.