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Friday, July 31, 1998
Bilbao to Oviedo, Spain
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Oviedo, Spain:
Latitude: 43° 23' 2" North
Longitude: 5° 46' 15" West
Altitude: 1125 feet
From Seattle: 5608 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Pensión Riesgo

Today's Travel:
Country: Spain
Regions: País Vasco, Asturias
Route: Train (FEVE): Bilbao - Santiander, Santiander - Oviedo
Path:Bilbao - Oviedo, Spain
Linear:142 miles
Weather: Rain

Available Photos:

Giant people at Festival of Bilbao's patron saint Bilbao, Spain

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 477
Linear Dist: 121208
Countries Visited: 33
Regions Visited: 134
More stats...
Hotels: 98
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 41
Hostels: 134
Transit: 49
Beers: 1866

Journal Entry:
Caught a train to Santiander where I was hoping to spend a few days on the beach. As the train ride continued the weather got worse and worse (heavy rain), so I decided to catch an immediate train out of Santiander to Oviedo and go hiking in the Pico de Europas instead. So I ended up spending all day on the train. In Oviedo I found a traditional sidrería and sat down to try the regions specialty: Sidra (cider). The waiters pour the sidra from above their heads into the glass to release the aroma. I think they do it to sell more sidra since lot's of it ends up on the floor. The sidra does not taste at all like the ciders I've had before. At first taste I didn't like it, but I think that because it didn't taste like I expected it to, by the end of the second taste I decided I liked it. Later I found a sidrería / restaurant that had fabada, a food specialty of the region. It's white beans, a couple kinds of sausages, and ham. All in all it was very good, although it was a little too salty, one of the sausages types was pretty scary, and I'm afraid of what all those beans are going to do to me tomorrow.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Oviedo
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Spain
CIA World Fact Book: Spain

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