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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…

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…