This year I’d have to say that the northwestern Spanish city of Lugo has taken up a similar role in my life. Although I’m living in Santiago de Compostela—a two-hour bus ride to the west—I’ve been to Lugo three times already since June and I’ll probably be heading back again at least once or twice this year, too.
|Roman walls with remaining turret|
|Lucenses dressed up as Romans|
When I came back to town after 8 days on the Camino, Lugo had started its annual Roman reenactment festival—Arde Lucus, “Lugo Burns.” Dramatic, I know. In this festival the lucenses chose to dress up as toga-clad Romans or fur-wearing castreixos, the Celtic pre-Roman people of Galicia. For three or four days there was always something going on in the old town, from gladiator “fights” to parades to artisan markets. The Roman settlement of Lucus Augusti felt like it had come back to life, indeed.
|A good sobremesa beneath the soportales|
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