After returning from Spring Break and getting settled back in to my schedule in Oviedo, I found that April was passing by faster than I had realized. It’s pretty hard to believe that our semester in Oviedo ends in a little more than one month… we only have 4 and a half weeks left of class! I have been paying a lot of attention to the passage of time while studying here, mostly because I want to make sure I’m acknowledging the time I spend and savoring what I have left. But still, I don’t think I was prepared for just how quickly the end would approach…
These next few weekends I’ll be traveling outside of Oviedo on a few preplanned trips, so when I am here in the city, I’m making a point to spend time in the places I love most. One of these is an enormous park that I’ve mentioned before- El Parque de Invierno. This past weekend, I didn’t feel the need to travel outside of Oviedo to find something to do. Instead, I spent the entire day on Saturday at this park, which is only a 20-minute walk from my house! Although Oviedo is a pretty small city, it seems like there’s always something to do.
Saturday afternoon was 65 and sunny. We haven’t seen too many days like that this semester! However, now that it’s mid-April, the weather is beginning to take a turn for the better. The forecast for this upcoming week is the sunniest and warmest I’ve seen since arriving in Oviedo… every day is above 65. (Although I won’t believe it until I see it!)
As I mentioned, I spent all of Saturday afternoon with a friend in El Parque de Invierno. Since it rains so often here, people really take advantage when there’s beautiful weather. It’s always so life affirming to see so many people out and about and enjoying the sun in different ways! My friend and I soaked in the sun and the community atmosphere at the park as we walked, talked, read, listened to music, and simply enjoyed the day. For someone who loves nature, I surprisingly don’t often spend time at parks when I’m in Philadelphia. I think that’s going to change when I return home!
Although there are a variety of great parks in Oviedo, this one is by far my favorite. It almost seems like it could have won some “community park design contest” in a magazine, because it’s really too good to be true! (You know what I mean, right? No? Hear me out.)
There really is something for everyone– I don’t think I’ve ever seen a park with such diverse and interesting amenities. It includes the typical play areas for children, numerous walking paths, and some basketball courts, but there are also some pretty cool surprises: an entire track and field, a skate park, a rock wall, a walking maze made out of hedges, and even an area with outdoor workout equipment. Oh, and there are some pretty breathtaking snow capped mountains in the distance!
Now you probably see what I mean! With all it has to offer, this is definitely one of the places I’ll miss most in Oviedo.
As time gets shorter, I’ll continue to seek out the best ways to spend it and to savor my days as much as I can. Til next week!