First impressions. Or, everything is coming up roses.

More than anything, what struck me the most flying over the coast into Asturias and then driving to Oviedo from the airport was how different it all was. I was truly struck by the fact that I was in a completely different country, on a different continent, in a different hemisphere. There was almost nothing I could point out and say: “That looks like Australia”. (Those notable exceptions include the highway, although naturally we were driving on the other side of the road, and the Ikea store.)

The view from my window: Oviedo's apartment blocks and hills

The coastline of tiny villages clinging to cliff tops above the ocean, all with red roofed houses against a green grass background. The hilly, even mountainous, terrain with many hillsides and valleys covered with pine trees. In the distance snow-capped mountains (I am not making this up; I was so very excited when I saw them from the plane and then the car!). The city; full of beautiful old buildings and apartment blocks 10 storeys high everywhere. All of it was new and exciting and even astounding at times.

When I got out of the car and looked around, I could still see in the distance the great big hills, as they ring the city. There are houses up there and even a statue of Jesus Christ, although I believe it is somewhat smaller than that it Rio de Janiero, and I can see this from my window.

The Jesus Christ Statue as seen from my window

I was so pleased when I got on the plane from Paris to Oviedo to feel my excitement at last outweighing any sadness or trepidation (in spite of the miniature, rubber-band-engine plane I was in) and once I arrived it was justified a hundred times.

I am so thankful to be here and after two days I can quite confidently say I love my job too (not so much that I want to be a teacher forever mind you, just enough to thoroughly enjoy myself for five months). So far, everything is coming up roses.




Filed under Asturias, Mi vida española, Oviedo, Spain, Things that blow my mind, Travel

6 responses to “First impressions. Or, everything is coming up roses.

  1. Kyle Kazz

    Great entry, I particularly love the photo of the Jesus Christ statue. I can’t wait to get there myself. Looking forward to more blog entries! Love you xxxxxxxx

  2. HAC

    The countryside sounds a little like NZ and just as beautiful. Enjoy! xx

  3. sharon Cadman

    All sounding very positive, Alexandra. Look forward to your next post. If we win a big amount on X-lotto you will have lots of visitors!!!! lol
    Mum says you are prob working about 3 hours per day for 4 days; so what will you do with yourself for the rest of your time? Obviously sight seeing at weekends etc and general adjustments to new lifestyle things; maybe some tutoring?
    Sharon. xx

  4. wendyn

    See if you can find some gum trees . Emma said there were quite a few and felt like home. Glad you are there safely, now for the big adventure. Wx

  5. Bronny

    It’s so good to hear that you’re there safely and everything has fallen into place. We’ve been checking out Orviedo on google earth and we’re getting a bit of a feeling for it. Presume those snow-capped mountains were the Pyrenees.. magical country! Know it a bit from the French side.
    Love you and keep blogging!

  6. Averil Pope

    Hi Ali. Still can’t believe you live there!!!
    Looks gorgeous,
    Love, Averil

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