26.09.2008 - 27.09.2008 23 °C
There is a saying that in La Coruña no one is a stranger, and we found this out pretty quickly! After getting off our train from Lugo we headed to the bus stop to get the bus into town. There we met a lovely old man who was just sitting at the stop, waiting for someone to talk to. He quickly struck up a conversation with me (in very fast Spanish!) telling me how great it is that I can speak Spanish and experience the culture. He said Spain is the best country in the world, and very romantic, that Galicia has the best food, and that La Coruña is at the end of the world and has great beaches! He was so cute and funny. I didnt think he would ever let me go, just kept talking and talking and talking (and even wanted to discuss the news in the local paper with me!). He didnt know where Australia was and was quite confused when I kept telling him it wasnt in Europe. He started talking to Ben and when I told him that Ben doesnt speak very much Spanish it didnt stop him! He started talking to Ben in full speed Spanish with Ben just nodding his head and me laughing. It was great! Eventually we said farewell to our new friend and headed into town with a great start to a new city.
La Coruña is on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and our first beach stop, so we headed straight to the beach of course! The sunshine was great and we couldnt have asked for better weather.
We had a great time exploring the headland sites, including a Roman fort which was converted into a lighthouse and still works!
We got around the headland in the most awesome trasport! These really old trolley cars!
The inside was so cool, and really clean considering how old it was!
At night ofcourse we had to explore the tapas scene. Here is a view of one of the streets we visited:
and one of the best places we found was this jamoneria, which had jamon hanging all over the roof and was appropriately named the king of Jamon!
Ben enjoyed some good tintos there
We also found another great tapa bar which had excellent seafood! We are making it our mission in Galicia to try every type of shellfish on offer before we leave :-)
La Coruña emblem:
We love the skull and crossbones