Poco a poco – Exploration of Spanish life

It is crazy how quickly time can pass by if you are always in a rush managing something. Work, housekeeping, the organization of lost or stolen things, journeys, visits and even ” sleep” … 😉 Since I am here in Spain I feel like adventure has not made a break at all. I am overwhelmed by my day which is always completely packed and full of new challenges.

After the nice start on Thursday in the “Queimada-Bar”, the following weekend, our strong Maria Píta group went out again. First, we spent a nice afternoon at the beach and later (at almost midnight!) we had some Tapas in the city center which should us prepare for a long, long night. (At this moment I didn’t know how long a Spanish night would really be) Ana, the mentor of Gina, told us that Spanish people usually start dancing at 4.00 am. 4.00 am!!?? – Ok wow, this would be a challenge. However, finally, it was much easier as I thought it would be. Baila, fiesta, amble from bar to bar, the time flew by and we had a lot of fun! :) Spanish nightlife is absolutely different to the one I experienced in Germany.  Activities, dinner and particularly “Fiesta” starts so much later and all people are used to stay out until early morning when the sun rises.

But what is about daylife activities? In A Coruña there are so many great things to explore. Of course, on the one hand, there are the big sightseeing points like el Torre de Hércules, la Casa de las Ciencias, Casa Museo Picasso, el Estadio Municipal de Riazor, las playas or el Aquarrium Finisterrae. However, on the other hand, I am also very excited about all the little, secret places like small cafés, delicious Tapas-bars or calm parks only native people know about. At first glance, they might not be easy to find but once you know the city better you are going to discover them. And this is exactly what I am dreaming of! After you have been successful in seeking these special places, you are really able to call it your city, your home. In my head, I have an almost never-ending list of things I would like to do and places I would like to visit during my stay in Spain. At the moment I just do not know where to start.  Fortunately, as I had a lot of things to organize in the city center, I am having slowly but surely a good overview of A Coruña. Walking around in the streets, I experienced Spanish everyday life and I communicated a lot with the native people at the police, the bank, the post office and the shops. I could discover the city’s spirit and atmosphere which makes me feel much more comfortable and I think poco a poco I am going to feel home here :).

Furthermore, the following Saturday, Lubna and me, we went to the Torre of Hércules and its surrounding close to the sea. Green and blue landscape as far as the eye could reach. Amazing! This is absolutely my favorite place of A Coruña as it is the complete opposite of the loud, moved and eventful city center and therefore a great compensation. Here you are able to take time for yourself, to walk in silence, to relax and to enjoy the unique nature. Lubna showed me little sightseeing points like some stones called “Menhires pola Paz” and el “Campo de Rata” (very similar to the Stonehenge in the UK) and afterward, we sat down on the cliffs and listened to the sounds of the waves. At the end of our trip, just before sunset, we went for some CHURROS . What a beautiful day.

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Another place which is almost as beautiful as the coast of the Torre of Hércules is the lookout of Monte de San Pedro. The girls and me, we went there last weekend and it was just gorgeous! As we arrived pretty late, we had a breathtaking view of A Coruña at night. The moon was shining and the city lights were twinkling in front of us which created a very special atmosphere. We didn´t speak a lot but just stood there glancing at the sea and enjoying the beautiful night. Next time we will go there by daylight having a big picnic together! Juhu! I am looking very forward to all the events and journeys we will experience during our stay. It is just such an exciting time here!

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Saludos,

Hannah :)

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