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Travel diary: A Coruña half-way point

This week marks the mid-point of our stay here in A Coruña, and it’s been a pretty work-heavy one. We have found managed to spend a fair amount of time with friends, though.

Monday 25/6: Craig and I got down to business in the morning while Gary went out for a walk, and we all had lunch together at home before a more-relaxed afternoon. I had to head to school in the evening, but I met Craig, Gary, Griffin and Valerie in O Recuncho de Mayte for a tapas dinner later on.

Tuesday 25/6: After another morning of work (Craig at home, me at school), Gary, Craig and I set out to find a restaurant my student had recommended. Our search was unsuccessful, though, so we had tapas at a cervecería that specialises in squid. Gary’s flight was in the evening, so Craig walked him down to the airport bus stop and we said a sad goodbye.

A Coruña fort

This fort used to be on an island, but the land was reclaimed.

My evening class is on the other side of town, and the long walk gives me plenty of time to listen to podcasts, which is quite cool. It does mean that I get home quite late though, so we’ve become even more Spanish and have dinner at around 10.45. After dinner I watched a couple of episodes of Españoles en el Mundo (Spaniards in the World) on TV while Craig made a business Skype call, and then we both spoke to Janine for a while — it’s always good to catch up!

Wednesday 27/6: After a heavy morning of ITP work, we had lunch and went for a longish walk. I had one hour of class in the mid-afternoon then walked over to Guille’s place to meet Oliva for a language exchange. After our talk, Craig showed up and Guille prepared us all a tasty dinner of chicken San Jacobos (cordon bleu, more or less), which we ate while watching Spain beat Portugal in the semi-final of Euro 2012. I was supposed to be at a class, but as Oliva had predicted, my student cancelled because of the football.

Statue of Maria in A Coruña

Statue of Maria.

Thursday 28/6: Griffin and Valerie have only been here a couple of weeks, but they’re starting to see how Spain likes to do things — i.e., in a very frustrating, difficult way. They wanted to buy train tickets online (which was much cheaper than purchasing them in person) and had repeatedly failed, despite trying on multiple computers and using multiple credit cards. We eventually established that the problem was two-fold — Renfe (Spain’s train company) doesn’t like Macs or foreign credit cards. So, after my morning class, I took Griffin in to work to use the PC there and my Spanish credit card, and we actually managed to buy tickets! It felt like a major victory.

After lunch Craig and I went for a walk to the port area, and passed by Siboney to buy some freshly ground coffee on the way home. This week, it’s Ethiopian and very tasty.

Menu del día menu

Menu del día menu

We both got a lot of work done, then headed across the hall to Griffin and Valerie’s place for a bit of Monopoly Deal. After that, I had a long evening of classes and Craig worked frantically on a website that was due to go live on July 1.

Friday 29/6: Another day of work, mostly ITP but I had to go to school for two hours in the afternoon. When I came home, we played a few rounds of Monopoly Deal with Griffin and Valerie, and they invited us over for Mexican food for dinner. It was delicious and we had a lovely evening.

Saturday 30/6: Since we’d stayed up late the night before, we decided to have a nice long lazy lie-in. Mine was even longer since Craig brought me breakfast in bed.

We then proceeded to have the most boring Saturday possible. I was doing a second edit of one of the guidebooks we’re planning to publish later this year, and Craig was making the final changes to the map and globe website he’s been working on (check it out, it’s really pretty!). We took a short break for dinner, but other than that, just kept working until bedtime. Fun times.

Sunday 1/7: After another sleep-in (I’d stayed up until 3am the night before, reading…) Craig made coffee and I finished the book I’d started the night before. At about 2pm we headed out for our traditional menu del día lunch, which was okay but not awesome.

Wine pouring in A Coruña

I managed to get a fair bit of that wine on the tablecloth.

On the way home we walked past the harbour to check out the beer festival we’d seen advertised — and were very disappointed. They had only six beers on offer, most of which I’d tried before — and I don’t even drink much beer! And the options were expensive, which explains why there was hardly anyone there. The bouncy castle looked like the most exciting thing happening.

Craig spent the afternoon working while I started to look into options for travelling around Portugal in September. Late in the afternoon Oliva texted — she had a plan!
She and Guille came over to watch Spain thrash Italy in the football final, and they cooked us hamburgers! It was awesome!

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2 Responses to “Travel diary: A Coruña half-way point”

  1. Natalie Jones September 6, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    What a great story :) thanks for sharing your experiences, can’t wait to read more


    • Craig and Linda September 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      Thanks Natalie, we try and publish a little diary like this each week, in addition to our regular resources and stories for travellers.

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