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Ten years ago I made a wonderful trip to Galicia and while in Santiago, I stayed at "Seminario Mayor", the seminary, which is a hostel while students are on holiday. Apart from rather economical, I found the rooms to be clean and calm.
Next month I'm back to Galicia again. On the Galicia guide I recently bought, it says that if you stay at Seminario in Santiago, one might come up with some "infection".
No idea if they refer to lice or whatever. For me it's hard to believe that it has changed so much for the last 10 years and think the author must be exagerating. I would book a bedroom there at once but my wife, who has never been to Santiago, is afraid of what we read on the guide.
Has anyone stayed there recently? Is it worhtwhile staying there?
Re: Seminario Mayor
I can't find any reviews of the Seminario Mayor but am intrigued by your statement that it is "hard to believe that it has changed so much for (sic) the last 10 years" - I know hotels, hostels etc. that have changed drastically in a matter of months, let alone 10 years!! For what it's worth, "infection" would seem to me more likely to refer to something you pick up in a dirty shower than bed bugs.
Re: Seminario Mayor
As all vocational accommodations have to be inspected and are licensed by the Xunta de Galicia we suggest you contact them and ask what it means. Speaking from experience we can't see any place being that dirty these days.
Ian and Irene
Travel Tips for Santiago de Compostela
Las Marías son dos esculturas que están a la entrada de La Alameda.
Son parte de la historia y leyenda de Santiago. Se hicieron famosas por sus paseos y conversaciones con los estudiantes y por las ropas que llevaban llenas de colorido , en una época en que el negro y los colores sobrios eran los más frecuentes y recomendados para personas de sus edades.
Maruxa y Corelia eran dos hermanas costureras
A estas esculturas se les conoce además como Las dos en punto, por ser la hora a la que solían salir las hermanas a hacer sus rutinarios recorridos.
Eran "las novias" de todos los estudiantes
The Marias are two sculptures that are located at the entrance of The Alameda.
They are part of the history and legend of Santiago. They became famous for their walks and talks with students and the clothes they worn full of colours , in a time when the black and The sober colors were the most frequent and recommended for people of their ages.
Maruxa and Corelia were two dressmakers sisters
These sculptures are known also as "the two o'clock" , because it was the time that the sisters used make their routine walks.
They were "brides" of all students
We couldn't sleep in until doomsday because we were scheduled to meet Fernando's daddy in Negreira. Getting me up proved to be a challenge for Fernando. He finally had to stick the entire pot of coffee under my nose. We left at 11.00 to try various Galician dishes such as empanada- some sort of tuna pie, a sort of licorice flavoured bread, and I even tried octopus- it tastes rather like scallops. Also, against my better judgment, I tried the Galician wines- red and white. To me, all wine tastes the same- terrible. Fernando's daddy and an elderly friend of his were impressed that an American tourist would try to speak Galician let alone do as well as I did.
Cheap home made food
Casa Manolo is another Santiago classic. It's a very cheap restaurant with home made food. You can get the "menu del dia" (menu of the day) for 6 euros. This includes a first course, main course, dessert, bread, and water. You have a big choice of food and you'll find seafood, fish, meat..... It's got traditional Galician food. It is typical in Galicia for most restaurants to have the "menu del dia" offer, and it's really worth it. Many students and pilgrims eat here.
Hostel de Los Reyes Catolicos
The northern side of the Praza do Obradoiro is occupied by the Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos, as a royal hospital and hospice built by Ferdinand V of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile for pilgrims in the sixteenth century. Today this building, in Plateresque and Renaissance styles, is a parador, five star hotel, and one of the most luxurious hotels in Galicia.
CGAC. Centro Galego de Arte Comtemporaneo
Its the usual modern, vanguardist building which hosts the Comtempory Art Museum. Next to Pobo Galego Museum, its a white squared builiding designed by a reputed portuguese architect which also designed the fancy park on the back. Built there to make a nice contrast with the old town, still causes controversy among the citizens. I personaly think its "its" place to be. Its a surprise with represent a graduation of styles with the other buildings of the street. Inside the building its surprising minimalist and amazing. what it shows is irrelevant.
Appart from the park, if you go up the road, theres a delightfull garden on the left, which was an monastic orchard but has been added to the city parks. Up the road, "La Bodeguilla do Medio", its the best place for nice tapas and fine eating. Inexpensive, tradicional with a hint of sofistication. Tapas can be eaten downstairs, and full meals in the small restaurant in the first floor.
Inside the museum theres a nice architecture bookshop and a quiet minimalist coffeeshop which is usually a bit too empty but its ideal if you want to scape the crowded sights.
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