Tourist in my own home

Since I arrived in Oviedo, I almost immediately felt like it was my home, and therefore did not go out and do many of the “touristy” things in my small city. As my time in Spain comes to an end, I am not trying to cross of as many of those “touristy” things as I can, as they really are a great way to know Oviedo better.

This past week I went with a bunch of other Erasmus students (exchange program) to an art museum that was guided by one of the students from Oviedo who studies art. The student, Moises, explained the progression of different artistic movements in Spain, and how the theme of religion is quite constant.

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However, what I enjoyed most this week happened on Tuesday. Tuesday was the Spanish equivalent of labor day, so I had the day off from clases. One of my friends and I finally climbed Monte Naranco, which is a must see when in Oviedo. We also really lucked out with the weather. It was 19 degrees celsius, which is probably cold by Florida standards, and nice and sunny with a bit of a breeze. To our surprise, the hike up only took an hour despite other friends saying it took them about three hours. We did not think we rushed ourselves, but given that my legs have been sore for two days now, I’m thinking we speedwalked. The pain was definitely worth it though. On the way up we passed two old churches, and at the top we saw the most amazing view of the entire city with the snow-topped mountains behind it, as well as a detailed stone statue of Jesus. We sat up there for about an hour, just taking in the beauty and appreciating the place we’ve called home the past four months.

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Funnily enough, the way down actually took longer than the way up as we got lost for about forty minutes. However, we did not stress as we knew we’d make it back down eventually, and there was no rush to be anywhere. That’s one of the things I’ll miss the most—I’m never truly in a rush, so I can just sit back and take it all in. I can’t believe I only have two weeks left, and I’m excited to make the most of them. Tonight I am finally going to Madrid, and meeting up with two of my best friends who I have not seen since December.

Hasta Luego

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