Gallego travel notes
The ATM gives you a choice of eight languages, including Catalan, Gallego, Valencia, and Euskara. At first the street signs appear to be in Portuguese, but that is a trick. Other times the dual Spanish and Gallego phrases on the signs are exactly the same.
Gallego as a province [Galicia] reminds some of Nantes, France, and the surrounding area, or of parts of southern Chile.
If you put together Keynesian economics and public choice theory, you get a very nice and indeed downright spacious airport in Santiago de Compostela. More infrastructure here will not jump start growth.
Counterintuitively, Santiago avoids the destruction of its authenticity by relying on tourism. The city has been a major tourist destination since at least the 9th century A.D., so the arrival of tourists — many of them have religious motives — is how the city’s past is preserved. It is the people who stay at home who are ruining the place.
Vigo, the largest city in Gallego, has lovely sea views, lots of refrigeration facilities in its port, and superb seafood. It is slow on a Sunday, especially for its size. Percebes looks like this, and it is a must-try.
“A Coruña is one of only eight pairs of cities in the world that has a near-exact antipodal city.” That would be Christchurch, New Zealand. A Coruña is supposed to be the most prosperous city in Gallego, yet it is scary how many abandoned or boarded up buildings are in the heart of downtown.
The city’s Roman lighthouse is still in use, and it is the world’s oldest active lighthouse.
It is very green in Gallego and it rains a lot, though not as much as in Bergen, Norway.
I strongly recommend a trip to Gallego. There are numerous reasons to go, and few reasons not to go, the only really good one being that you may wish to go somewhere else.