Asturias, patria querida

One of my plans for my time in Spain is to see all of the 17 regions (or autonomous communities) of Spain that I haven’t yet seen. One of those is Asturias. Some friends of a friend rented a bus for the weekend and arranged for a tour of the main cities. Asturias is located in the northwest of Spain (east of Galicia). It is surrounded by the Cantabrian and Picos mountains, so you must go through long tunnels under the mountains to enter. It is very green and moist. There are lots of beaches, cliffs and places to hike. It also has farmland, so we saw plenty of sheep and cows during our drive (the cheese is A-mazing!). Apples are also abound and this results in the traditional drink, sidra (hard cider). It is bottled without gas, so there is a particular way to pour (see pictures below…I failed miserably). You must only pour a little, then drink. Otherwise, the sidra will begin to separate in your glass.

Appropriate sidra pouring.

Appropriate sidra pouring.

My attempt at sidra pouring.

My attempt at sidra pouring.

Why was I so scared?

I’m pretty sure Nuria is telling me top stop here. Ha!

The aftermath.

The aftermath.

We also did a little bit of hiking. I will let the pictures do the talking.

A few from the top

A few from the top

Asturias

Asturias

Asturias

Asturias

asturias_oviedo

A fence made of sticks.

Beautiful views.

Taking a hike in Oviedo.

Taking a hike in Oviedo.

Finally, we attended an espicha. An espicha is an Asturian event where you meet in a cider mill and enjoy sidra and local foods. There is dancing and singing (Asutrias’ national song) and lots of laughter! I find that the people of Asturias are very warm and kind. They are proud of where they’re from and they want to share that history with others.

Barrels and barrels of sidra.

Barrels and barrels of sidra.

Preparing for the espicha!

Preparing for the espicha!

A few more fun photos from my trip:

Llanes

Llanes

Gijón

Gijón

Gijón by night.

Gijón by night.

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2 Responses to Asturias, patria querida

  1. Elias says:

    Biutiful pictures, Raquel! Keep up with the blogs as much as you can. It’s not like you’re busy or anything like that… 😉

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