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With the arrival of September our stay in Oviedo was one-third complete. August had been an incredible month, and we had seen a lot… the idea of two more months was exhilirating, and we were interested to see how our opinions of the city might evolve. So, we had the idea to conduct a small self-survey of our thoughts after one month.
Mike: Standing at the top of Mount Naranco, with the view over the city.
Jürgen: Panoramic view from Naranca
Merluza cooked in cider… with cider to drink
How perfect the weather has been. I hope it keeps up!
How quietly the people speak compared with Valencia. My hearing is damaged from all the Valencian mascletàs, so you’ll have to speak up!
Not a big fan of fabada
No bike paths within the city and very few areas for dogs
Funniest / Weirdest
This maybe isn’t just Oviedo, but I’ve noticed it here — there are a lot of young South American guys who are apparently hired to walk around with extremely old men. And they’re all listening to iPods.
It’s weird that almost all the tourists are Spanish… very few foreigners
How Expensive? From 1 (cheap) to 10 (expensive)
6… there are bargains, but the restaurants seem overly pricey if you don’t stick to the menu
People from Oviedo are…
a little chubbier than most Spaniards, but they’re very open and friendly. Also, their Spanish is much easier to understand than in other regions.
Oviedo in Three Words
Clean, Affluent, Relaxed
Green, Walkable, SIDRA
It’ll be interesting to see how our opinions change in the next two months. Everyone says that September is radically different, as people have returned from vacations and school resumes. And of course, there’s a little festival coming up… we’re already getting excited about that.