Lovely Oviedo

24. 4. 2016


Sever Španielska zohral v dejinách krajiny dôležitú úlohu. V rannom stredoveku zostal región Astúrie jedným z mála tých, ktoré Arabi nikdy nedobili a tak sa toto územie stalo centrom kresťanského znovudobytia celého pyrenejského polostrova. Historickým jadrom bolo už od svojho založenia v roku 761 Oviedo, z ktorého pochádza aj známy pretekár formuly 1 Fernando Alonso. Toto mesto by nemali obchádzať ani pútnici na ceste do Compostely, keďže vôbec prvým pútnikom, ktorý cestoval až ku hrobke svätého Jakuba bol prvý astúrsky kráľ Alfonso II a jeho východiskom bolo práve Oviedo. Dnes domáci preto s obľubou hovoria, že kto na ceste do Santiaga nepríde aj do Ovieda „navštívi len sluhu a nie Pána“.

The North of Spain has played a significant role in the history of the entire country. During the Early Middle Ages the region of Asturias was one of the few that the Arabs never conquered and this area became the centre of Christian Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula. Ever since it was founded in 761, the city of Oviedo which is also a birthplace of the Formula 1 racer Fernando Alonso, has been the historical core of the area. Not even the pilgrims on their way to Compostela should skip this place since the very first pilgrim travelling to the shrine of Saint Jacob was the first Asturian king Alfonso II who started his journey in Oviedo. Nowadays, the locals like to point out to an old saying that whoever skips Oviedo on their way to Santiago “will visit only the servant and not the Lord“.

Bright March

10. 4. 2016


Keď sa povie marec, prvé prirovnanie čo mi v hlave napadne je práve školské a na nástenkách vždy visiace otrepané motto marec- mesiac kníh. V posledných rokoch mi je však skôr výčitkou, keďže moje čítacie tempo sa po skončení vysokej školy rapídne spomalilo. Fakt, že viaceré vlakové spoje kvôli výlukám nahradili autobusy tiež vôbec nepomáha. Veď kto by dobrovoľne podstupoval muky čítania knihy v autobuse a pokúšal by šťastie či sa náhodou nepovracia.  Ďakujem, NEPROSÍM.

Whenever someone mentions March, only one particular thing pops in my head and it is usually the school related attribute which used to be pinned on notice boards: March- the reading month. Unfortunately for the past few years I seem to think about it with remorse because since I left University and finished my degree, my reading pace has slowed down drastically. The fact that most of my train connections were replaced by buses due to some work on the railway didn’t help either. Honestly who would risk puking and terrible headaches on the way to work just to get some time to read a book? NOT FOR ME…
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