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“Sandra & you are sure to get along really well.” Such are the reassuring words of introduction made by Caroline Couret, head of the International Creative Tourism Network in Barcelona: Two young ladies, one & the same passion: Travelling in order to experience the local culture. And always with the locals, please: Just over a year ago, Sandra Touza has founded the Creative Tourism Network Galicia in the north of Spain, “Ponle Cara Al Turismo“, ever since opening doors straight into the heart of the local soul: creative backyards, fish factories, pastry chefs or cheese workshops right in the middle of the charming port city Vigo.
“I am just so lucky”, I cannot help thinking while taking yet another bite of that delicious local soft cheese, treating my palate to exclusive Spanish Albarino white wine and promising the owner of the local seafood factory Luis Escuris Batalla a box of “Sonnentor” organic herbs from our very own homeland, the Waldviertel. In return, he wants to ship me a beautiful box of these delightful seafood produce for which Galicia is just so well known. Just LUCKY!
Cupcakes from Galicia ??? “Sweet things are big right now, even in a country whose palates are traditionally more used to savoury delights”, creative pastry chef Erika laughs and explains to me a recent local trend for sweet little cupcakes. Off we go making our own: Thanks to Sandra Touza and her organizational talents, we meet with Sandra at 8pm in her own flat with a very well-equipped kitchen, doubling as the cake workshop for the day. 8pm of course is afternoon in Spain, with us going out for dinner not before 10pm and once we have finished making the cupcakes … welcome to the culture & spirit of the south !!
Creative travel often also translates into experiencing the creativity of regional products. The variety of cheeses in North-Western Spain even surprises well established cheese gourmets such as myself! New white wine varieties, such as the tasty Albarino white wine, draw my attention to the wine tastings that follow. And the best of it all: Everything is easily accessible and within walking distance in the city of Vigo. As always in life, you just have to know when & where to look. This is where Sandra, of “Ponle Cara Al Turismo” comes in, entertaining close links to the local population and their specific, creative talents. We dig in – all calories are counted later on. 😉
Seriously: Who would have thought. Tasting these seafood beauties and fish from the local fish factory Luis Escuris Batalla is a succulent visual experience in its own right, let alone all the heartfelt meetings with the owners of this family-run export business: Together, our group of local & international journalists and bloggers from Galicia is being led “behind the scenes” of the fish factory where (almost) everything is still hand-made. Come and have a look at this: A truly unique travel experience!
The presentation of the Creative Tourism Network Galicia, “Ponle Cara Al Turismo“, by Sandra Touza.
Disclaimer: We have been invited by “Ponle Cara Al Turismo – Creative Tourism Galicia” to travel and experience the Creative Tourism Network in Galicia, Spain. All opinions are my own.