Second excursion

So this weekend we went on our second excursion of the program which was a trip to Astorga and Leon. These are two towns that are about two hours from Oviedo. On Friday night we all ended up going out and drinking a lot of Sidra which is just so good. Everyone went home relatively early so that we could wake up the next morning.

The bus left at 9:30 and we started our two hour bus ride to Astorga. This was a small little town that was filled with a lot of history. Of course there was a huge cathedral that we all had to check out along with a museum inside the cathedral. You can really see all the history in this building and it is truly amazing. Afterword we went to a palace that Gaudi designed. He was a famous Spanish architect with a very unique style. This palace looked like it was from a movie and I feel like I couldn’t even capture it’s beauty in a picture.

The last place on our list was the Museo de Chocolate. This was a museum dedicated to the foundations of chocolate. Probably my favorite part was the sampling that you got to do at the end. The chocolate tasted so natural and unlike anything else.

After getting back on the bus to go to Leon, the ride when really quick. Luckily, everything that we were going to see in Leon was pretty close, so we didn’t have to do as much walking. On this particular weekend there was a market going on with many little tents. They were selling everything from food, to clothes, to jewelry. It was so fun to go around and see all these things that were mostly hand crafted. We even got to try some of a big dish of paella that they were making and it was DELICIOUS! We got to see another one of Gaudi’s buildings and another cathedral as well. This cathedral was famous for its stained glass that was throughout the structure. Everything had so much detail, it was crazy to think about all the work that went into these buildings.

Later that night we decided to go out even though we were all very tired from the excursion. I thought I knew the bus system by now, but apparently not. Needless to say, It took me two hours to get where I was going. I suppose it was a good learning experience because I did eventually find my way around. We ended up at Copas Rotas again and even got Kabobs which were the best tasting food in the world!

I can’t believe how fast the time is going!


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My name is Ashely Sirna. I am a junior at SUNY New Paltz and am double majoring in Spanish and psychology with a minor in disaster studies. This summer I am studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain for two months. I am very excited to learn about the culture and improve my Spanish!

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