Burgos, Spain as told by a bunch of fourteen year olds

Recently I had to present a little PowerPoint presentation about my home state of Minnesota to my classes here. It was so amazing to see them so genuinely interested in what I had to say about the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and they asked me many questions during my talk. They even told me that Minnesota was the most beautiful state they’ve ever seen…even though I’m almost positive that they haven’t had the resources or opportunities to get to know any others but I’m just going with it.

Either way I way I feel proud that now they understand a little more about Minnesota than Ricky Rubio. Being inspired from their experience I decided to have them do the same thing about where they are from. Nothing serious I just wanted a brief 4-6 sentence paragraph about the typical foods, culture, and landscape about their town. I have students from all over the province and even other regions so I thought it would be very cool to hear what they have to say.

 

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I’m going to miss this pequeño delincuente 

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Things to do before leaving Spain

Can you believe that there are only 2 weeks left of the auxiliar program!!?? Unless you’re in Madrid chances are you finish May 31st which is quickly approaching. Even though I cringe every time they call me teacher/profe, shake my head in disappointment when they behave badly, and keep turning down social media requests I will undoubtedly miss these kids. I liked these guys so much that I asked to be placed in the same school. I took a trip to Galicia shortly after submitting my renewal and fell in love with the region so much that I eventually got my region changed to Galicia for the 2016-2017 year so my students here in Burgos jokingly call me traidora (traitor).

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Te quiero Galicia

 

Anyway, since the year is coming to an end I’ll bet that you are thinking that you haven’t seen as much of Spain as you wanted to. Don’t worry! I’m sure most of you are going to stay until at least June so that gives you plenty of time to take weekend adventures. I’ll highlight a few of my favorite hot spots for summer fun that I think are worth getting to before you head back home but hopefully you’re sticking around another year. So, let’s get exploring.

For the adventurous:

Hiking in the Picos de Europa

This mountain range is in the regions of Asturias, Cantabria, and Castilla y Leon. You can go hiking, bear watching, bird watching, camping, and more so it’s perfect for the outdoor lovin’ type. Here’s the official English website for more information.

 

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Planning your trip to Spain

A vacation in Spain certainly is not like living here but it’s the closest you can get. The trick is to see beyond the fiesta y siesta ideas here and truly dive deep in the day-to-day culture. Instead of running around frantically with a must-see list try exploring the narrow cobblestone streets, following the sound of flamenco cries, or following your nose to garlic sauteing in olive oil at one of the many …many bars.

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Before you make your way to the land of siesta, tapas, and seemingly never ending streams of wine, it’s a good idea to brush up on the things you should know. Here, I’ll cover information about getting your visa, insurance, what to pack, and a few other tips and handy things to know.

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Must Eat Foods of the Camino de Santiago

I’ve had all of these amazing treats and I’ll have them again when I do part of the camino next month! Check this post out.

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It goes without saying that walking all day, mile after mile, on the Camino de Santiago not only makes you hungry but gives you a free pass to eat whatever you want and however much delicious food that you want. No diets here. Food is a huge part of any culture and is a big part of the Camino de Santiago. What you eat is just as important as how you eat it. The how meaning the setting, who you are with and the multi-course Pilgrim Menus that are found all along this historic route through Spain. If you are anything like me you try to make a list of the things you don’t want to miss eating when you visit a country. I will make it easy for you. After living in Spain for 2 years and exploring the food of each region I feel I have a pretty…

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A pincho crawl on Calle Laurel

Ahh Logroño. Tucked away in the heart of the wine region of Rioja surrounded by vineyards, mountains, and winding rivers. The north of Spain is seriously the most beautiful..trust me people. Not only does Logroño have stunning views, insanely delicious wine, and friendly people, but the food scene is out of this world. Signature pinchos accompanied by great wine and a lively atmosphere soaking it all in is enough to make me want to take a drive every weekend. It’s probably a good thing that I don’t have a car otherwise I might actually do that.

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In the main city of Logroño which is the capital of this region you’ll find a stunning old town. It’s very easy to navigate your way around and by the end of my 6 hour day trip I was able to wander around the narrow streets without taking my map out once. On the west side you’ll find Calle Laurel which is the famous street well-known for having most of the best bars/restaurants. Every other door is a bar so it’s very easy to do a typical pincho crawl. Pinchos,  if you don’t know, are northern Spain’s version of tapas. Pinchos, however, are not free like tapas. Expect to pay around 1-3 euros on a pincho in addition to your 1,60 wine or beer. Even though you do have to pay they are definitely worth it and since you are also sipping on your drink of choice talking with your friends about the stats on the Champions League ..or that you only have a month left of the auxiliar program (insert crying emoji here) you’ll usually only end up needed two or three pinchos and it won’t be that expensive.  Continue reading “A pincho crawl on Calle Laurel”