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Al Fondo Hay Sitio – Music Bar

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On a rainy Saturday night, I went to a bar which a couple friends had recommended. Al Fondo Hay Sitio… There’s Room at the Back. It was a fun evening out. The bar had a great atmosphere with live rock music, a good selection of beers and an abundance of tapas, which the waiter insisted I try. “Picante, ¡SÍ!” Bowls of fruit were on the tables, and a guest book was at the door; funny little touches that give the bar a unique feel.

Tapas Libre Oviedo

Al Fondo Hay Sitio is found at the bottom of Calle Oscura, Oviedo’s most lively party street. I had taken Jürgen’s younger brother with me. He’s two meters tall, about 6’7″, and his height caused a minor sensation at the bar. Within minutes we were talking and trading rounds with a big group, and the bartender even invited us to a beer before we left, at which point I hazily remember declaring “Favorite Bar EVER”.

And the music is great, too. I had been walking by one early evening, and heard Arcade Fire’s new album blasting from the speakers, the same day it had been released. If that’s your style of music, then this is a bar you’ll feel right at home in.

I don’t know if there’s a connection, but Al Fondo Hay Sitio is also the name of a massively popular Peruvian telenovela.

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October 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm Comments (2)

The 60th Day of America

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One of the biggest days of San Mateo is September 19th, the Día de América, when Oviedo celebrates its relationship with the New World. The immigrants who’ve moved to Spain, Asturians who went abroad, and the mixture of cultures are all represented in a big parade that shuts down the city.

60 Dia de America

We had the chance to see the 60th annual parade. It was a lively affair, featuring both the traditional music of Asturian bagpipes and flutes, and the more buoyant rhythms of the Caribbean and Latin America. There were about twenty floats, each with a different theme, from life at Catholic missions abroad, to scantily clad Caribbean beauties jiggling their lady parts.

The weather was perfect and the both the spectators and participants clearly had a lot of fun, except for the guy in front of us who got a face-full of foam. Definitely one of the most colorful days of the year in Oviedo.

Spanish Spectators
Hot Air Balloon Asturias
Mexican Dudes
Parade Oviedo
Pawned at San Mateo
Happy Kids
White Party Oviedo
Asturian Fairy Tail
Elf Asturias
Asturian Bruja
Face of Asturias
Dia de America
WTF Clown
Disney Parade Spain
Asturian Greeting
Snow Priest
Knight Asturias
Asturian Explorer
Quasi Modo
Asturias Dragon
Sexy Samba
Sexy Girls Oviedo
Carneval Rio Oviedo
Hunky Stud Oviedo
Bomberos Oviedo
Golden Eagle Oviedo
Peru Spain
Butterfly Queen
Blacksmith Oviedo
Sexy Man Socks
Bag Pipes
Face Of Oviedo
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