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XIXÓN SOUND, ASTURIAS’ MUSICAL REVOLUTION

Many people look back in nostalgia to the ‘90s. Windows 95, the Tamagotchi, the test screen and pokemon; it was in many ways a revolutionary period. Many of these novelties really influence our daily life unto today, others just make us smile when we’re reminded of them. But the ‘90s was not only a decade…

CAMINO DE COVADONGA: AN UNCENSORED REVIEW

The sanctuary of Covadonga is the Santiago de Compostela of Asturias. Although the journey from Gijón is with just 70 kilometers much more modest than the Camino to Santiago, it’s still a big challenge. The road goes through the rough landscape of Asturias and is thus rarely flat. A two or three day trip by…

FROM BUSY BIRMINGHAM TO HEALTHY HUENTES: ADAM AND MARIA

Adam is British, Maria is Danish. After having lived in England for years, they decided to turn their life all around and start a bed and breakfast in the small town of Huentes, right in the middle of the walking route from Gijón to Covadonga. There they live with their two young daughters. After two…

AVILÉS: HISTORY, INDUSTRY AND CULTURE

When Woody Allen went location scouting for his movie “Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona”, somebody recommended him Avilés. He thus went to the city to take a look. But as he left the highway towards the city and drove through the first streets, he quickly decided: “no, this is nothing”. Eventually he continued and reached the city…

COMPULSORY EDUCATION IN ASTURIAS

The standards in Spanish education have greatly improved in the last 20 years through increases in spending and educational reforms. Because the Spanish educational system is quite complex, we will try to explain how it works. In Spain, education is compulsory between 6 and 16 years old. Based upon the Ley Orgánica de Educación or Fundamental Law of…

HIGHER EDUCATION IN ASTURIAS

Upper secondary education After the four years of high school, students have the possibility to do bachillerato and ciclos formativos. Or start working. Bachillerato takes two years and is a preparation for university. There are five possible fields of study: natural sciences, health, social sciences, humanity and art. But these don’t affect the options afterwards.…

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO DRINKING CIDER IN ASTURIAS

Asturias has a real cider culture, you have probably heard this before. It is one of the most typical products of the region and is something many Asturians are really proud of. For them, cider is not just a drink, it’s a whole culture. You must experience this culture yourself to really know it. But…

HOW TO START A BUSINESS IN ASTURIAS

When moving to Asturias, and Spain in general, finding a job can be quite challenging. Without a decent level of Spanish, the job opportunities are sparse. Therefore, an increasing number of people is starting up their own business. Being self-employed has many benefits, such as more freedom, financial gains and above all the possibility to…

14 MOVIES FILMED IN ASTURIAS

Many directors have chosen Asturias as the location for their movies. You might know that “Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona” by Woody Allen was recorded in Oviedo. But there’s much more. Because of its beautiful nature and adorable villages, Asturias has many qualities. Some towns are a very popular attraction among filmmakers, Llanes for example. The variety…

SANTOLAYA, THE HEART OF EXPATLAND

Sunday 11th of March, the second Sunday of the month, time for the returning biological and ecological market El Tenderete in Santolaya. The hamlet of Cabranes is known for this monthly event, not in the least by expats. “If you want to encounter expats, go to Santoloya the second Sunday of the month”, that’s what…