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Oviedo

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  • Day1

    Spanish Wedding

    September 14 in Spain

    We were invited to attend a wedding of our good friends in Oviedo. This is the first time to be at a Spanish wedding.

    The wedding venue is so amazing. It was a Palast before and until now the Spanish King has come here for vacation every year. Now it is a 5 star hotel with tradition and history. The diner was held in a hall with height of more than 20m. It looks highly historic and classic.

    The wedding began at 8:30pm and we ate from 10pm - 12pm and the party started at 12pm. The timeline is so Spanish. For the people who go to bed early they might fall asleep during the desert 😆😆😆 The food was so tasty and looked deliberate. I surprisingly finished all dishes! 😋😋
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  • Day2

    Hello Oviedo

    September 15 in Spain

    Oviedo has everything you expect from a Spanish town: sunny days, delicious food, nice people, beautiful buildings and chilling atmosphere. Spanish time is like: get up at 11 o’clock and eat lunch at 15 o’clock. We randomly found a small cafe which the food was already tasty. We only have one day here but would like to go back if we had time!

  • Day21

    A Day in the life

    September 24, 2017 in Spain

    Every day on the Camino is different in terms of being in a new place, seeing different things and people. However, there is a rhythm that is common to all the days.
    In my first hostel I saw that we had to be out by 8 so I set my alarm for 7:30. Ha! What a waste of time. At about 6 AM the rustlers start in, people quietly gathering their possessions or maybe just counting their money, I don't know. Sometimes you get a bonus half an hour to an hour to sleep a little bit more, but by 7 people are no longer trying to be quiet, and the lights generally go on at 7 or 730. It takes 15 minutes to get dressed and packed (wearing the same clothing every day since Labor Day makes the dressing easier), so I'm usually out by 8 or 830. Usually the hostel is not close to a place to get coffee, but even when it is I find that it's nice to walk for an hour before getting coffee and something sweet, it tastes SOO good and lubricates the joints. Then I walk for a couple of hours, stop briefly for a piece of fruit, walk a few more hours. I try to stop around 1 or 2 o'clock for a real break, meaning that I take off my backpack and my shoes and have some bread, cheese, chocolate. I've always almost always arrived by 3 or 4 o'clock, check in and get a bed (with any luck at all), take a shower, wash out my clothes, maybe lie down for a minute. Then I'm ready to go explore. I might do another hour or two of walking the rest of the day, but that is sauntering in Keens , no backpack.
    Food is somewhat challenging on the Camino given the timing of meals in Spain. They have their midday meal between noon and three, and then restaurants shut down for any real food until 7 or 8 o'clock pm. It doesn't really work for me to wait until 8 PM to eat; I'm getting ready for bed by that time. At times it would be possible to have a noon meal as I'm walking, but I don't like the idea of sitting down and having a full meal before I've arrived where I'm going. So there are some days that I don't have a real meal. But in medium size towns , restaurants will serve snacks in the afternoon hours, so I often have dish called a tortilla which is somewhat like an omelette. It costs less than $2,, and the ice cream I have for dessert is about $2, so I'm eating on the cheap. I do work pretty hard at getting an apple, orange, and banana every day, and every once in a while I'll get in a salad or some vegetables.
    I love exploring the towns, especially the ones by the ocean, in the late afternoon. I like looking at the houses and sometimes chat with people. This is also a time that you can get to know other folks in the hostels. I'm usually in bed by nine, although it's hard to get to sleep before the last pilgrim has laid his or her little head down on the pillow, as it could be quite noisy before then. I'm actually sleeping quite well in the hostels, even with the law that there must be one snorer in each room.

    Today I'm taking a rest day in Oviedo. The camino that I'm walking has just split off from the coastal route and there are some hilly areas coming up, so I want to get ready. I also only have six days until my team comes to join me, and I need to be in good shape for them. We'll be climbing every mountain, fording every stream, fighting off alligators and bulls; strenuous times ahead! I also have to hone my leadership skills, being firm but kind, I iron fist in a velvet glove. Once they arrive on the 30th in Lugo, we will have a week to walk into Santiago and then a week to play around walking towards the coast. I'm looking forward to seeing them.

    No theme to the pictures today, just miscellaneous scenes.
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  • Day46

    Day 46: Monuments of Oviedo

    April 2, 2017 in Spain

    Had breakfast with our host family, then headed out onto the road again, heading northwards this time. Long drive first up, as our destination for the day was the city of Oviedo, where there are some early Christian monuments that are quite significant (and World Heritage listed, of course).

    We drove for about 2 1/2 hours to the first spot south of Oviedo. Very beautiful drive through mountains, with rugged peaks, snow caps, cloud tops and alpine lakes. Here we found a tiny little church perched on a hillside in a dramatic location surrounded by mountains. The history here is interesting, because starting in the 8th century the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal) was almost completely conquered by Muslims, and although Christians were allowed to continue practicing, they were heavily taxed and had inferior treatment to Muslims.

    The only area to resist conquest was a mountainous area along the northern coastline, the kingdom of Asturias where the city of Oviedo is located. So the monuments here are quite significant, as it's the only place in Iberia where Christians could freely practice for several hundred years.

    The first church dated from around 850 AD, and was very different to the typical Roman Catholic crucifix floor plan we're used to. This was rectangular, small, and very bare with just a few carvings for decoration. Took some video then got back into the car, crossed through the city and visited the next two sites on the northern side. These were similar but different in interesting ways, such as one being a converted "palace" (very small), and the other being in the crucifix shape despite dating from the same era, approx 850 AD. Also had a spot of lunch at a restaurant here with a great view, on a high hill overlooking the whole city.

    Afterwards we went down into town for a look at the Cathedral, which isn't actually listed but is built on the site of an earlier temple that is listed, as part of the original building still remains. Unfortunately it was closed on Sundays for worship, so we might come back tomorrow.

    Headed to our apartment which turned out to be a gem - on the eighth/top floor of the building, very sunny and with nice views in two directions. Only 500 metres walk from the cathedral, and with a parking space downstairs that we didn't need as we got a perfect park directly out front. Schnitzel quite likes elevators too so he was happy going up and down.

    Although we didn't feel like it, we ended up going out for dinner as all the supermarkets here close on Sundays and we had no supplies for dinner. Found a highly rated place nearby where I had a burger with blue cheese and bacon, while Shandos had a tostada, which is exactly what you think it is. Hers was topped with prawns, garlic and cheese - both delicious.

    The local speciality here is cider, and although we haven't seen any orchards particularly, it's all grown locally. We ordered a bottle and did things the local way - you have to leave the fluid in the bottle until you're ready to drink, so you pour a couple of mouthfuls into your glass (from as high up as you can safely manage), drink them and then put the bottle back on the table. Interesting cultural experience! It certainly explained the odd drinking behaviour we'd seen at lunchtime!!

    Glad that we've got a great apartment here, as tomorrow is a day off from touring and filming, we'll just be settled in doing blog posts, journal entries and video editing.
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  • Day63

    Day 62: Vega de Sariego - Oviedo

    October 14, 2016 in Spain

    Distance: 23 + 5 by car (1580.8/312.7)
    Weather: 22C, abundant sunshine
    Mood: loved and spoilt
    Staying at: Hotel & Spa Princesa Munia

    Let de classic begin!

    Yesterday night I fell asleep slightly overheated due to stress over bedbug panic. Martijn from Belgium was sure he'd seen bedbug traces and so all four of us felt slightly stressed as Mieke also from Belgium read out all you need to know about bedbugs. I was a bit affected by this as I'd already heard three stories of people who had had bedbugs and its no joy...
    Luckily, sofar so good and this morning I got up before dawn and walked towards Oviedo, my last stop on the Camino de Norte. I drank coffee in the last town before Oviedo and intended to take the train there to avoid the walk along the main roads, but a lovely man named Jesus in the bar offered me a lift in his coche.
    Here I checked into a way too luxurious and way too expensive hotel with a large double bed, lots of towels and a bubble bath... I wanted to treat myself one more time before the mountains and the promise of a primitive way.
    The camino primitivo is the first ever camino and I really feel the Spanish regard it as a bit more special than the rest. It's rather mountainous, but I feel strong and ready for a change and a challenge!
    I had lots of time, so I wandered the streets of Oviedo and bought some new outdoor gear and a new credencial. What a wonderful city and what a spoilt and happy girl I am. Can't wait for the beaty that awaits tomorrow!
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  • Day8

    Oviedo

    September 27, 2016 in Spain

    The train journey to Oviedo was great. Not recommended for anyone who suffers from vertigo, but the views of the mountains were spectacular.

    We picked up our pilgrim passports and took what turned out to be a very long walk around the city. We're all set for our first day of walking on this Camino.

  • Day25

    Oviedo memories

    June 10, 2017 in Spain

    Walking to the bus station I went past the Woody Allen statue and remembered being here with Joe and my parents. This picture is for you dad. 😍

    And now I'm at the bus station waiting for the bus to the airport and remembered when David got off the bus from Cangas here, and we had a grand time together. Love you guys.

  • Day25

    Getting ready to leave Oviedo

    June 10, 2017 in Spain

    How I love this beautiful city. But visiting here and living here are two different things. My camino friend Helena, who is from Lisboa, has married an Asturiano and has found it next to impossible to "break in" and be accepted. And if she can't do it, no one can! But as a city for tourism, it can't be beat. Obsessively clean public places, beautiful old core and a museum or two. The statuary in the streets is like no other city I've seen. A Botero, a Woody Allen look alike(he fell in love with Oviedo while filming Vicki Cristina Barcelona), and many others. The cathedral is going the way of many in Spain, now charging 6€ (4 for peregrinos) for entrance.

    Yesterday I noticed that the mesh on the top of my shoes was starting to rip open. But since this is Spain, where many people still repair things, no problem. The friendly zapatero down the street from my hotel came up with an ingenious solution. 3 hours and 9€ later, my boots were good to go.

    Heading to the bus station after a good cafe con leche and then onto the first flight of the day.
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  • Day9

    Oviedo and beyond

    September 27, 2017 in Spain

    Transiting through the beautiful city of Oviedo en route to Leon. Stopped off at Oviedo Cathedral for a stamp (sello) in my pilgrims credential. It's where I flew out when I'd finished the first half of my Camino (St Jean Pied de Port to Leon). So now two stamps a year apart. Onwards to Santiago.

  • Day1

    Ankunft in Oviedo

    March 31 in Spain

    Was für ein Tag! Nachdem der Wecker heute morgen um 2 Uhr geklingelt hat, wurde es endlich ernst: Fix unter die Dusche, noch einen Kaffee für unterwegs fertig machen, Rucksack greifen und ab nach Wilhelmshaven. Wie nicht anders zu erwarten, wenn man am (schönsten) Ende der Welt wohnt, musste die erste Hälfte des Tages damit draufgehen, überhaupt erstmal zum Flughafen nach Hamburg zu kommen - mit der Bahn. Die zeichnete sich ausnahmsweise, im Gegensatz zum Flug nach Madrid, durch Pünktlichkeit aus.

    Dementsprechend wenig Zeit hatten wir leider auf dem Flughafen in Madrid um unseren Anschluss nach Santander zu kriegen. Von dort ging es dann mit dem Bus in die Innenstadt um das Abenteuer eines spanischen Busbahnhofes entdecken zu dürfen. Denn der einzige Fernbus, der uns nach Oviedo bringen konnte, war ein Premium Reisebus. Ticket 30 Euro, Ledersitze, Fernseher in der Rückenlehne, voll klimatisiert und gratis Kopfhörer! What a time to be alive!

    Und damit schliesse ich den ersten Tag mit unverschämt wenigen Landschaftsbildern ab - die wirkten durch die getönten Scheiben vom Bus nämlich nicht so wirklich. Dafür das abgekämpfte Nach-dem-ankommen-vor-dem-losgehen-Selfie. Und morgen ist dann nach dem Frühstück Schluss mit Luxus. Der Camino wartet - gute Nacht!
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Oviedo, Uvieo

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