|Entrance to the Real Academia Galega|
Today we took a trip to A Coruña which is located along the northern coast of Galicia. The primary reason for our trip was a visit to the Real Academia Galega. Interestingly, the Academy was founded in Cuba in 1905 under the name Sociedade Protectora da Academia Gallega. It was founded in Cuba due to persecution against the Galician language on the Iberian Peninsula. In 1906 the name was changed to the current Real Academia Galega.
|1st president of RAG|
|Outside of Rosalia de Castro's home|
As an interesting sidenote, we were told today that Francisco Franco (dictator of Spain from 1936-1975) was made an honorary president of the Academy in the 1940s. This is somewhat surprising as many Galicians, including the founders of the Academy were more supportive of the Republican government than of Franco (or of Primo de Rivera), although not completely unbelievable since at that point they were probably trying to cause fewer conflicts and difficulties with the new government.
Unfortunately we weren't left with much time for exploring around the city, but it is only an hour or so from Santiago de Compostela, so perhaps there will be another chance to go there and have a look around. I remember going there ten years ago when I was studying in Granada, but we only spent a quick day there that time as well. There is so much to see that it is difficult to decide where to go. I have each Sunday free, but Sundays many things are closed, so I'm not sure how much use a Sunday trip would be.
The following link is to an article about our visit to the Real Academia - I am in the fourth row all the way on the right side of the picture... you can see my glasses anyway!!!
|Center: Current President RAG|
Also.. when I look at the tapestry all I can see is the storm trooper's head!
Galego word of the day:
Trip - Viaxe
Eu quero vir nun viaxe.
(I want to go on a trip.)
(Gosh I hope I got that right!)