Retrospective. Part 1. Summer 2009. Santiago de Compostela, Galicia.
It has been a long time since I don´t drop any post on this, my humble blog!.More or less the last twelve months have been the culmination of a period in my life, which now hopefully will allow me to move on and do what I like.
Looking back to last summer I remember working at a local Off Licence Shop, more commonly known as a booze shop. All I can say that it was a interesting experience from which I was even able to witness how a company nation wide went in to administration and closed down. At the same time I managed to start my third year of my degree while working within this company and after that, Christmas time came.
I had already planned a trip to my home town back in the Iberian Peninsula, the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela. It had been a year since I had landed my feet on Galician soil, and a couple of weeks to spend there were more than welcome. At the same time some photography was done for my upcoming Dissertation Project of my degree.
Photographic sessions became something to do while catching up with old friends and family. Of course old city spots of my younger years where rediscoverd by my eye and memory, somehow going back in time. A city in which I haven´t lived since six years ago but with which I haven´t lost connection.
I walked again the streets of this peculiar city, famously know for its Cathedral, while my camera was aloud to capture it´s summer essence. To be honest Compostela is not really a summer city due to it´s interior location and even the local people try to escape to nearby costal cities to enjoy the beach atmosphere. This leaves the city more relaxed and less crowded, although pilgrims and tourists can still be seen. Still a fun place if you know your way around and where things are happening.
As I said old places of my younger years in the city where enjoyed again, specially El Parque de Bonaval. This palce is just amazing, an old cementary that was converted into a public park!. Not to worry, no zombies will come out of the land to hunt you down. The cementery in itself hadn´t been in use for a long time before they started the conversion of it into a public space. Nowadays it´s just a amazing space with the Museo do Pobo Galego and the CGAC practiclly integrated in to the park itself, offering a cultural offer just at a one step. It just felt correct to enjoy our afternoon in our spot.
Visiting Compostela and not enjoying it´s vast of restaurants, bars and pubs would be even maybe…offensive?!. A few were the nights spent enjoying this lifestyle, one in which socialising is what it´s all about. Well, and the nice free tapas offered in any respectable establishment!. If you know how to organise yourself, or have someone local to help out, you could actually feed yourself for free when you ask for a while.If you want variety, just move to the next bar in the route.
Nightime in the city is always active more or less throughout the week, but more in the student course time. One particular evening started at a bar called Orense where we ¨enjoyed¨ a local wine. I never been keen on this place, but my friend insisted in going. After the wine tasting experience and the realisation that nothing had changed in all these years, we moved more up north to La Plaza de San Martin Pinario and walked in to the Camalea pub. The night continued with some rounds of Licor Cafè , meaning Coffee Liquor, which took me by surprise. Walks out of the venue for air finally helped out.
After the experience with the coffee spirited beverage, we decided to continue our night getting lost throughout the city and finding other places where we could get served a drink. As always old known places where the one´s that still opened their doors for us, and allowed us to gather among other night marauders. Oh well, it´s always a good moment to take a camera with you and capture the moment!
To be continued…