I spent a few days exploring A Coruña while my girlfriend Andrea, an emergency room doctor, took a super intensive 2.5-day medical course at a hospital there. We had been to Galicia’s most populous city once last year to go furniture shopping. But this was the first time that I could check out areas outside of IKEA.
Below are some of the things I got to do:
- Eat a cachopín for the first time. A cachopín is half of a cachopo, an Asturian dish comprised of breaded veal, ham, and cheese. It would not rank as one of my top 20 favorite Spanish dishes, but it was not bad-tasting and fascinating to try.
- Walk through the city center over to Monte San Pedro, where there were World War II cannons and projectiles. There were also excellent views of the city. I walked 25 km that day, or the farthest I had walked since the Camino de Santiago in 2017.
- Take a bus the following day back over to the city center. From there, I walked over to the harbor and Hercules tower.
- Saw a modern-day MG in Spain for the first time. MG returned to Iberia less than two years ago.
- Run 23 km along the river southeast of A Coruña.
These were the routes of my exploratory walks in A Coruña:
Below was the route of the long run:
We also stopped at IKEA again. I’m a fan of both their food and well-designed furniture. Their cafeteria serves inexpensive yet semi-healthy and delicious meals, including their Swedish meatballs.
Andrea passed her super intensive course, which included 13-hour days and four hours of exams. I’m very proud of her!