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LEARNING SPANISH IN ASTURIAS

When you’re moving to Spain, some basic understanding of Spanish might come in handy. And if you really want to integrate in the society, you will need a decent level of the language. There are plenty of options to learn, going from classes organized by the local governments or the Red Cross to courses in…

THE RISE OF AN ALTERNATIVE CULTURE IN OVIEDO

Gracious squares, meticulously maintained parks, an abundance of churches and picturesque streets. It’s difficult not to be impressed by Oviedo. Everything in the city breathes “the good life”, from the ladies wearing their fur coats to the beautiful facades of eclecticism houses. The tower of the Catédral de San Salvador rises from the heart of…

ANTROXU, CELEBRATING IN ASTURIAS

It’s february 2018, carnival season, or Antroxu as they call it in Asturias. The two most famous Antroxus are the Antroxu de Avilés and the Antroxu de Gijón. But each city celebrates their own carnival, with its specific traditions and customs. For many citizens, it’s the highlight of the year, in which the result of…

HOW AND WHERE TO WATCH SPORTS IN ASTURIAS

For many people, watching sports is an ideal way to release some stress in the weekend. When moving to another place, it can be pleasant to continue this hobby. In Asturias, there is a variety of teams, competing in different sport disciplines. The most popular sport by far is football, but it’s absolutely not the…

LABORAL, WHERE THE PAST AND THE PRESENT MEET

It’s a cold, rainy, typical “Asturian” day in February. Students are in a hurry to catch the bus, which departs just in front of the main entrance of the Universidad Laboral de Gijon. The drizzling rain and grey sky stands in contrast with the vivid atmosphere surrounding the place. The majestic complex is in sublime…

HOW TO MEET PEOPLE IN ASTURIAS

Making friends is part of the job description when you move abroad. As a new arrival in Asturias your social network is probably quite limited, but there are lots of opportunities to meet new people. With a bit of effort, persistence, and luck, you’ll be well on your way to creating a social circle in your new home.…

“YOU, YOU ARE NOT ASTURIANA”

Every summer since I was born, we had to go to Asturias. The trip was long: in the nineties, we did the trip by car and it lasted more than 24 hours. “If you stop going, you will loose your roots”, used to say my father. I am convinced he was talking for himself. He…

FROM EDINBURGH TO CORVERA: TOBY GOVAN

The Expat Interview Series began as a way to give expats around Asturias a space to tell their story of why they moved to their new home, and how they did it. If you want to be part of the series, get in touch! INTERVIEW WITH TOBY GOVAN Name: Toby Govan Job: Sculptor (http://www.tobygovan.com) Age: 50 Where…

TEACHING ENGLISH IN ASTURIAS

Whether it’s a dream career or just a way to get some money together whilst looking for another job, many Anglophones who come to Asturias will end up teaching English at some point. Because of the global financial crisis, many Spanish are upping their skill set by taking English courses. That means that you will have…

TRANSPORTATION IN ASTURIAS

Whether you’re a tourist or an expatriate, this article might be useful for you. Asturias can be searched out by a variety of means of transport (plane, car, bus, train…). We hope that this guide makes your life easier and helps you to explore the variety of landscapes that make Asturias unique. Aircraft Most expats moving to…