The downsides of renting a large and nice car abroad is trying to get out of tight awkward places.
When I parked in the hotel garage in Gijón I had a feeling things would be challenging. All the spaces were narrow but I parked anyway. There was no car next to me but the other side was two large columns.
However there was a handicap spot behind me or I could pull forward if I needed some space to get out.
Well the worst scenario happened when I tried to finally leave Gijón: the car next to me is parked closely, the handicap space behind me is occupied and someone is parked in front of me (not a real space).
All my contingency plans have been thwarted. I am in a real tight situation.
So I start the long process to shimmy out of my space. The car has a good system of letting you know before you are about to hit something. But the alarm is too sensitive. I need to get close if I am ever getting out of the space.
I back up, I pull forward a couple inches. I back up. It continues. I get frustrated and get out of the car and flick a bird at car next to me, at the car in front of me, at car behind me, and at the columns. So many columns.
I get back in and I am getting very close to getting out when a man comes over to “help” guide me. I am just about out now but thanks?
Finally I am out with no car injury and glad to get out of this garage. I really should have parked in that surface paid lot instead.
A must while in the Asturias (in my case Gijon) is to try out a local Sideria.
A Sideria is a bar that serves a local cider. There are many to choose from. You order by the bottle which is the same size everywhere.
I enjoyed checking out one of the more popular ones called La Galana.
The cider is good but what is also fun is watching the cider men pouring. They place the bottle up above their head and the glass close to their knees and pour. Most do not look while they are pouring.
I did not get a video but this is what it looks like.
I’m just going to say the thing that you non-travelers don’t want to hear. Traveling in itself sometimes feels like work and on occasion one needs a day off from their days off.
Today is that day for me. It was a hard decision to make since I have a not so cheap rental car sitting in a parking garage for a second day. But it is raining and I totally failed at making yesterday a slow day (I was supposed to do laundry and chill around town, but instead ended up walking around 10 miles in the sun up and down the shore line – after doing laundry).
So today I am sitting in bed catching up on things, doing a little reading. And I am going to try really hard to not feel guilty about it.
Here is some pictures of lovely Gijon to prove I did walk around yesterday.
First of two laundromats I visited yesterday morning. This had half the machines broken.
I stayed in Gijón, Spain because of its proximity to small towns for day trips and it looked like a nice city to visit. I also wanted a location to see what the Asturias are all about. Every region of Spain has a different culture and I want to get to know them all.
I didn’t end up doing any day trips from Gijón (with the exception of the day I left) but it was a nice town to hang out and relax for a couple days. My visit was light to none on the sightseeing but I did wander around Gijón.
Nice beach city in the Bay of Biscay. Everyone was soaking up the sun.
One fun activity is watching these insane boys jump into the water. They kept jumping in and running back up to jump again.
A favorite is viewing the mother of immigrants (La madre del emigrante). Her sad and worried face will haunt you.
My only complaint about Gijón is that I couldn’t even sit down to eat dinner until earliest 8:30 PM. I am not a late night person. The kitchens close after lunch and do not open back up until 8:30-9:00PM. That has been one of the biggest challenges for me in Europe since I am such an early bird.
During my northern Spain road trip I scheduled a stop at El Capricho de Gaudí in Camillos. Comillas is a small town along the northern stretch of Spain. It is busy with day trippers like myself but the big drawl is Gaudi’s work.
El Capricho is one of his earlier works and one of the few outside Barcelona. He was working on his craft but this is definitely the most “normal” of works I have seen by him thus far.