The cuisine in Puglia is called peasant cooking (cucina povera). The staples are olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, eggplants, artichokes, peppers, salami, mushrooms, olives and fresh seafood. We have had some amazing food and wine, not having eaten out, but from meals cooked using the ingredients from the markets. Some may find it inconvenient that if a vegetable, herb, or fruit isn’t in season or cannot grow in the region, that you just won’t be able to get it. I think it should
In the quiet town of Guagnano, Puglia lies Feudi di Guagnano winery and tasting room. On one of my days off, a friend of my hosts( who are originally from Manhattan,) were kind enough to take me wine tasting in this area. The tasting room is set between wine barrels, a large jenga looking wine rack, and one table. Add a candle or two and this could be quite an intimate setting. The wines were incredible, I’m confident in saying it is some of the best wine I have ever tasted.
Our flight from Amsterdam to Rome was delayed two hours and while we were waiting in line to board, a couple behind us saw the SOU Alumni sticker on my water bottle and asked if we were from Oregon. We discovered they were from Eugene and both University of Oregon graduates. They were traveling through France and Italy, and we spent the rest of the wait in line talking to them about their travels. They were the first people we have met from Oregon since we have left, and it w
The average person could tour Ronda in a day, but we decided to go overnight because taking the bus everywhere eats up a lot of time. We woke up really early in order to catch the 7:15 am Colmenar bus to Malaga, which takes about 40 minutes. The bus from Malaga to Ronda left at 8 am so we knew we would be cutting it close. Through a series of long stop lights and traffic, we entered the bus station at 8:01 as I saw the bus to Ronda leave the station and turn the corner… I was
Mikel and I had no idea what to expect with our first workaway. We only had a few pictures and a couple of reviews from other workawayers to base it off of. We were pleasantly surprised when we met Denise and Gabriel, they were so welcoming and sweet. Denise is from Southern London and Gabriel is from Catalonia. It is quite a unique blend of cultures in one house. Gabriel speaks pretty good English and Denise speaks both English and Spanish. It makes for the perfect environme