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    • Day 14

      Besuch in der Perle Asturiens

      June 14, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Heute waren wir in Orviedo um uns mit Alba, unserer ehemaligen Wooferin vom GENERATIONENHOF, da zu treffen. Da sie noch bis 16 Uhr arbeiten musste, haben wir den Tipp von ihr bekommen, auf eine Erhöhung zu fahren, von welcher man ein tolles Panorama über die ganze Stadt hat. Hier sind wir umher gewandert, haben ein kleines Picknick eingenommen und die Seele baumeln lassen. Im Anschluss haben wir uns mit Alba im Zentrum der Stadt getroffen. Wirklich toll eine Führung von einer echten Orviatenserin zu bekommen. Sie hatte Interessantes zu erzählen und nahm sich sehr viel Zeit für uns, die Besonderheiten der Stadt und auch der Region näher zu bringen. Nach dem Rundgang sind wir in ein Pub gegangen um ein kühles Cerveza zu nippen. Hier stieß Jesus, Albas Freund zu uns. Nachdem wir recht schnell mit den Getränken durch waren, führte uns Alba in ein ganz tolles regionales Spezialitäten Restaurant um uns in die Kulinarik der Region einzuführen. Das war wirklich eine tolle Erfahrung. Es war ein sehr schicker, auf den ersten Blick touristischer Ort. Wie sich aber herausstellte könnten wir hier authentische Spanische Küche probieren und den in den Region sehr bekannten Cidra trinken. Eine Art Apfelwein, der vom Kellner sehr artistisch, aus einer gewissen Höhe in ein speziell dafür vorgesehenen Glas buxiert wird. Dabei bekommt man nur ein Schluck, der sofort wie ein Schnaps getrunken werden muss. Der Kellner kommt von Zeit zu Zeit immer wieder an den Tisch und wiederholt den Gaudi. Nachdem die Teller leer und die Mägen voll waren, verabschiedeten wir uns von den Beiden und fuhren wieder zu Pablo und dessen Frau, deren Namen ich immer noch nicht weiß. 😅 Morgen geht es in Richtung Nordportugal auf einen Campingplatz.Read more

    • Day 21

      Last day in Oviedo

      June 8, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 66 °F

      This was probably the least eventful day of the whole trip. Lucas had to finish packing his things - as I write this we are on the bus to Madrid, and he is not going back to Oviedo again. So while he did that I wandered around the city a bit. I had already seen most of the interesting stuff around town and it was also drizzling all day so there wasn’t a whole lot to do. I read an absolute ton. I also had a nice lunch. It was nice to have a relaxing day as the rest of the trip is going to be super packed - especially considering I will be with Dad and Lexi for the rest of the time, who seeing as they have shorter trips than me will probably want to pack a whole lot into each day. With that in mind I enjoyed having a very lazy day. Although it is rainy, Oviedo is very green and I really enjoyed spending time in the parks there. Definitely the most chill part of the trip - and where I got the most Spanish practice by far!Read more

    • Day 106

      Pola de Siero - Oviedo

      September 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      17 eher öde Kilometer Richtung Oviedo. Dort haben wir für 2 Tage ein Apartment gemietet, um uns gebührend von Tim verabschieden zu können, der uns verlassen muss. Schöne Tage mit viel gutem Essen, Erholung, einem ausgelassenen letzten gemeinsamen Abend und einem traurigen Abschied. Wir sind wirklich zu einer tollen Gruppe zusammengewachsen, obwohl alle so unterschiedlich sind. Jeder lernt von jedem, wir lachen, weinen, reden, singen zusammen. Könnte von mir aus ewig so weitergehen. ;)Read more

    • Day 6


      July 6, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      After a few breathtaking stops along the coast, we took a city break in Oviedo - the capital of Asturias. We walked around the beautiful city centre and ate the best ice cream🍦.

      Oviedo is famous for its cider and the traditional way of pouring it (from a high to create bubbles), so we had to try it. After finishing our glass with some effort - cider's not really our thing apparently - we realized that it always comes by the bottle and had to drink 4 more🤦‍♂️. We finished our night here with an unforeseen open air movie.Read more

    • Day 14

      La Pola Siero - Oliveo

      July 23, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Heute hatten wir eine kurze Etappe nach Olivedo. Die 17 KM waren wie ein kleiner Sonntagsspaziergang😀, der leider über viel Asphalt geführt hat.

      Die Stadt Olivedo ist ein kleines Schmuckstück, und lädt ein zum Flanieren oder um lecker zu Essen.

      Heute trennen sich die Wege von meinem Pilgerfreund Benjamin, der ab Morgen den Weg *Primitivo* nimmt und ich folge weiterhin dem Camino del Nord.
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    • Day 21–25

      Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

      November 27, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 55 °F

      It's rainy and a bit dreary now that we moved east to Asturias, but I don't mind. It's in the low to mid 50's F and we scored a huge apartment not far from the bus and train stations. Alfonso, our host, even picked us up at the front! Now that's service. After our tiny apartmtent in Santiago, we're ecstatic about the space and it cost a mind-boggling $60 or so per night.

      Our bus here took 4 1/2 hours and was one of the nicest buses I've been on. It was a "Supra" bus on Alsa lines. It didn't seem to cost much more than the others, but it had 3 leather seats across and was more like a first class plane experience, with lots of movies to choose from on the way. There was even a screen showing the speed of the bus, the location on the map, and the ETA, just like on a plane.

      We arrived at night, but set out right away to get some provisions and even made it to a local Vermouth tapas bar down the street. Americans usually only use vermouth in dry martinis, but we discovered the joy of Spanish Vermouth in Madrid and Malaga a few years ago. It's sweeter and served from barrels and with ice. We opted for glasses of Rioja and Alberinho wines this time with a light dinner of garlic Langostinos in olive oil. I was still pretty full from our last meal in Santiago. They're known for their meats and for the first time on the trip, we didn't have any seafood. We ordered a recommended meat plate for two to split. Even then, it was too much but it was a churrasco of various pork cuts. Six hours later, a couple of delicious shrimpys was all I needed.

      There's not a lot of tourism here, especially in November, and that might be why I like it. It's just locals going about their day. I think Oviedo is about the same size as Madison, but there are hundreds of 6-12 story buildings everywhere. Deanne's fighting a cold, so I walked out today solo and hit the Fine Arts museum. There's a great collection of Spanish work, and I especially loved the 2 rooms of Sorolla's. There's a new wing built on to two connected palaces. It was easy and fun to get lost in there.

      Outside, I saw that they're putting the finishing touches on their Christmas market in two locations. And I got a haircut. There's no shortages of barbers and hair stylists here. I walked by about 8 on the way to the barber I found online and then saw at least 5 more walking later. And I'm just in the center, not far from the old town. I like how the city is laid out. It's mostly modern with wide streets and boulevards. That's totally different from what we've seen on this trip so far.

      Deanne felt better by the next day, so we did the day trip to Gijon. Today is now our last full day here and we spent it just walking around in a light rain and enjoying the sights, which is pedestrian shopping streets, a beautiful central park, lots of statues including a Botero, and lots of amazing architecture. I took Deanne back to the museum and enjoyed it just as much the 2nd time. We found a nice local restaurant and ordered the set menus for $13 Euros. It was four courses and one included the Fabada, the amazing bean and sausage dish I had yesterday in Gijon. It was even better today! Once again, we're so full from these set late lunches that we just snack at home for dinner. We have not adjusted to going out to dinner at or after 9 pm. We're not even hungry by then.

      It's been a great town to just chill out in. We love it. But tomorrow we take an express bus to Bilbao after passing right through Cantabria. Bilbao is in Basque Country and we plan on going to the famous Guggenheim museum there and enjoying the sights in the Casco Viejo, or old town.

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    • Day 42

      Cathedral of Oviedo

      June 22, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Oviedo is another major player in the #caminodesantiago and also has an amazing cathedral started before Leon’s cathedral and based in the Romanesque style. What struck me about this place was fewer tourists and a vibrant local economy. I loved the statues/bronzes on street corners, in Plazas, on seats, or, just sitting there. It’s a project I decided to have fun with.Read more

    • Day 17

      First day in Oviedo and rugby game

      June 4, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      Now that I am with Lucas, the solo part of my trip is essentially over (except one day in between dad leaving and going to Paris), which is pretty wild. It’s great to see Lucas and of course I am getting much more Spanish practice in now as we are not using any English. Lucas had his last rugby match of the season today, it was cool to be able to see it although I didn’t understand a lot of the sport. He is on a professional team here that is essentially in the Spanish B league. There were more fans than I expected, maybe 1000-1500 people. Lucas’s team won by a solid margin and he got a try (touchdown) himself. One of the guys told me he is the best player on the team. Afterwards I went out with him and the guys on his team, which was fun but it was also hard to make conversation with them - not so much because of the language barrier but a cultural barrier. It was pretty easy to understand and talk to them but they are not nearly as conversational as Americans. They aren’t chatty and will respond to questions you ask but won’t ask anything back. It was not a problem though because I just hung out with Lucas and talked with him most of the night. And I did meet a couple of chatty people but they were other foreigners who played on the team. Overall an interesting and fun day!Read more

    • Day 52

      Buen Camino Oviedo

      June 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      I'm sitting in a cafe with a steaming hot chocolate in front of me waiting with some anticipation for the tourist office to open so I can get my pilgrim's passport and 'begin' my journey.

      Lots of feelings and people I'm carrying with me and feeling full and sad at the same time. I've been wandering gathering last minute supplies a and questioning some of my packing choices. But mostly thinking of Abby and what I can carry for her on the camino. She has been on my heart a lot the past few days my brave strong daughter still carrying her Loss with courage, dignity and oh so much wisdom. I turn a corner in the old city and am assailed by the scent of flowers - and it comes to me forget-me-nots those beautiful blue flowers (just like her eyes) that bloom and die so quickly yet still ask us to remember and love them again.

      Thoughts of Abby lead to Zoe and the loss surges again, I have missed seeing my fierce brilliant daughter these last years. the photo I carry of her a round happy child sitting on my lap on a swing at the beach. I just have to trust again that in time the hurts will fade enough for the talking to begin.

      Cam also is on my mind, the purity of his longing for a secure intact family mirrors the loss and heartbreak I feel about Corinne. It's hard not to imagine her here beside me, soaking up the beauty and the coffee, holding hands and dancing in the square. I also remind myself that that would not have happened anyway.

      So coming back to now, 20 minutes till opening time (well its Spain so maybe 25)

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    • Day 1


      July 30, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Début de chemin, pas vraiment.
      Je passe à Oviedo en Bus, je m'y arrête pour quelques courses, j'ai passé la nuit à l'auberge municipale. Ce soir je pars au Centre Mandala, préparer mon paquetage de pèlerin, départ effectif demain matinRead more

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