Sharing Economy Galicia

Sharing Economy Galicia

Making it differently in rural Galicia

Sharing skills and experience, circular economy rural life in Galicia.

I’ve asked my friend Pablo if he can help me clear out the overgrown vegetation on my land. He didn’t hesitate and joined me. I had gone to the land every week over the past few months to get my bearings, orientate and connect with the forest I now call mine. FincA never stops surprising.

Every time, there is something new to discover. On my last visit, I reached three huge granite blocks, squared cut and ready to be transported. I wonder how much these can be sold for?

The plan at this stage is to recreate the old pathways used by the quarry machines when the site was operational approximately 12 years ago. A tall order, almost as tall as the vegetation now covering the site. Some of which have grown tree tall. Nevertheless, Pablo was happy at the opportunity to work outdoors. He studies Forest Engineering and has a small parcel of land himself. Working alongside him provide me with the opportunity to observe skilful methods of cutting through the brush and learn Spanish and Galician names of different plants and animals.

Last year I had the pleasure of helping him build a small wooden treehouse in his back garden. An elevated small square box, with a gable, pitched roof. When asked, I offered some expert architectural advice on the aspect and orientation of the interior space.

On Monday, he asked me back again, this time to ‘scarify’ the lawn, remove dead patches, and moss and open the soil surface by raking. The cuttings were collected into a large composting area, he has been using over the years. The most interesting discovery happened when I turn the grass left in the heap the day before, and realised it was piping hot. The organic matter was decomposing so quickly, generating energy high enough to heat water to 60c. A living Biodigester. Perhaps more on that in another post.

Us helping each other, working together and learning new professional skills and vocabulary, got me thinking about the concept of the Sharing Economy. What does it mean today? How do we help connect more people like Pablo and me and the wider community? In the past, ‘helping’ your neighbours was a common aspect of life. You didn’t get a contractor to build your house. The whole village built it! and in return, you helped build your neighbours. The same goes for ploughing the field or collecting fruits from the orchard.

Is there an App for that? There are Apps claiming to support the Sharing and Circular Economy, helping connect unloved goods, clothes and products with new owners. Re-cycle and donate. Apps like eBay, Good On You and Feedie. Then there are Apps dealing with odd jobs (Paid) connecting freelancers and tradespersons with local or even international clients for all sorts of tasks, including anything from furniture assembly, TV mounting, yard work, ‘helping’ you to move house and more. Apps like eBay, Fiverr, Taskrabbit and Handy, to name but a few.

There is volunteer work. But is it really sharing?

There is WorkAway, https://www.workaway.info But that relays on gap year students and backpackers looking for a free place to stay while they travel in exchange for some labour. Great concept, however not very ‘local’.

I am talking about the old fashioned local exchange of skills, expertise and labour. I will give you some tips on renovating your house and you help me with my taxes.

Is it scalable?

 

Well, or Pues, as they say in Spanish! If you got this far, it means you read the whole post… and I Thank you.

If you like adventures and would like to discover ours, head over to our homepage for more!

 

Don’t do more, do better!

… and always keep on rockin 

 

Danny Shafrir

Founder | FincA Galicia – Outstanding stories, not just a vacation!

https://fincagalicia.com

Charred Wood – Forged by Fire

Charred Wood – Forged by Fire

Charred wood or as it is sometimes referred to Carbonised wood or Blackened Wood

Forest fires have a distractive force and wreaked havoc on humans and animal alike. However, forest fires have always played a part in the natural cycle of the forests.

These catastrophic events can benefit the forest ecosystem by rejuvenating soil, eliminating invasive species, clear dead trees and leaves, promoting a healthier forest.

“Out of the ashes one can find the destructive beauty of wild fires”.

Such beauty can be found in Shou Sugi ban or Yakisugi, a particularly striking method of preserving wood by charring it with fire. Originating in 18th century Japan.

Charred wood is a material used normally in the form of planks or timber cladding of contemporary architecture. This process provides a natural waterproofing and a layer of fireproofing without the need to use harmful chemicals. Furthermore the process produces a resistance to rot, insects and solar radiation.

Many modern building materials contain chemicals and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) harmful to the environment and humans.

The tradition of charring wood has been picked up over the last few years by craftsmen and architects to create striking forms, highlighting the wood grain while using a less harmful methods to preserve and enhance the wood.

The method of making charred wood is controlled and measured resulting in a tactile charcoal-tone plank full of texture:

– Like steel, applying hot flames to both sides of the plank and washing or dipping in cold water harden the wood to increase its durability.

– Depending on the desired finish, the wood planks are brushed to remove any waste particles and exposed the finish product.

Variations in the final colour and texture can be achieved by making small adjustments in the time the wood is charred.

Different textures can be achieved by varying the type of brushes used to remove the charred carbon layer and the amount removed.

Cedar, Larch, Oak and Chestnut, are some of the main wood species used to achieve this method.

FincA Galicia would be using local sourced timber for the construction of the cabins, structure and external cladding.

If you’re interested in learning more about this technique and seeing beautiful examples of contemporary architecture, check out the link below:

https://www.archdaily.com/880330/carbonized-wood-a-traditional-japanese-technique-that-has-conquered-the-world

Well, or Pues, as they say in Spanish! If you got this far, it means you read the whole post… and I Thank you.

If you like adventures and would like to discover ours, head over to our homepage for more!

https://fincagalicia.com

 

Don’t do more, do better!

… and always keep on rockin 

 

Danny Shafrir

Founder | FincA Galicia – Outstanding stories, not just a vacation!

 

Hot Springs Galicia

Hot Springs Galicia

Capital Termal or Hot springs capital

Galicia is the number one hot springs destination in Spain. They are called Termas.

There are more than 300 hot springs in the region, making it one of the richest in Europe. No wonder the Romans settled here.

Geothermal-heated groundwater rising from the Earth’s crust, emerge through the granite bedrock alongside rivers and springs to create this magical phenomena.

Bathing in the thermal hot spring waters is not only a relaxing experinace served along with health benefits. The healing powers of hot springs have been known for thousands of years. The mineral rich waters, found in Termas have a number of therapeutic benefits.

When bathing in thermal hot spring waters our bodies soak up these minerals, increasing blood circulation and overall oxygen flow. Help promote healthy skin, relive pain and reducing stress.

If you brave enough, combine bathing in the thermals with plunging into cold water. Shock therapy as one can describe it. Many hot springs are located near fresh water rivers and so provide this unique experience. Always be mindful of your body and take care.

Join us at FincA Galicia… Detox and rejuvenate yourself.

 

Here’s a list of some of the best locations around Galicia for these naturally warm and healing springs.

– Los Baños de San Xusto, on the banks of River Lerez.

– Outariz, Ourense, free public pools and spa on the banks of river Miño.

– Termas Prexigueiro, Ribadevia, Ourense, wild swimming and spa.

– Mondariz, Pontevedra late nineteenth century spa town.

 

We recommend visiting at night, where the steam rising from the hot pools can be seen in the night sky. Nothing beats bathing under a canopy of stars.

Alternate between the pools to modulate the temperature. Take regular breaks out of the pools to avoid over-stressing the body and hydrate regularly.

Bathing suit is optional, but please be respectful of others.

Well, or Pues, as they say in Spanish! If you got this far, it means you read the whole post… and I Thank you.

If you like adventures and would like to discover ours, head over to our homepage for more!

 

Don’t do more, do better!

… and always keep on rockin 

 

Danny Shafrir

Founder | FincA Galicia – Outstanding stories, not just a vacation!

https://fincagalicia.com

 

Wild Swimming Galicia

Wild Swimming Galicia

Who hasn’t dream about wild swimming out on an adventure?

Galicia is known as “the land of a thousand rivers” presenting an incredible opportunity to discover something new, if you haven’t tried it before. How cool is that! 

Secret golden sandy beaches, hidden coves, meandering rivers and cascading waterfalls, Galicia has it all.

Crystal clear waters, perfect for wild swimming year round, offer you a diverse choice for your wild-swimming adventure.

Galicia feels remote. Granite rock formations and lush green forests dominate the landscape. It could not be more different from the mass-tourism spots of the south.

White water rivers meandering down the mountains to reach Galicia’s 1600km Atlantic coastline. Carving the landscape, eroding the Galician massif creating grand canyons, dotted with waterfalls and pools (Pozos). Most can be reached with s short hike from the road or a designated public carpark

So many options, you are truly spoiled for choice.

 

Our top 5 spots.

 

– Rio Almofrei

GPS position: 42°25’59.761″N // 8°32’39.915″W

A short walk from our land, along an enchanted ancient trade route to discover the natural swimming pools with a medieval stone bridge and grain mills.

 

– Fervenza de A Fírveda

GPS position: 42º 26 ́23.258 ́ ́ N // 8º 22 ́ 36.415 ́ ́ W

The waterfalls and pools of the Verdugo River are located near Firveda, a small mountain village of the Council of A Lama at the foot of the Sierra do Cando mountains.

 

– Fervenza do Toxa

GPS position: 42º 45 ́34 ́ ́ N // 8º 16 ́ 42 ́ ́ W

A towering 60m high waterfall creating a majestic mist over the natural pools below.

Located near Silleda, Pontevedra, Spain

 

– Praia de Barra

GPS position: 42º 15 ́38,88 ́ ́ N // 8o 50 ́ 52,57 ́ ́ W

Relaxed nudist beach with white sand & basic facilities, accessed through a pine grove. Cangas, Pontevedra

 

At FincA Galicia, we discovered a natural lake was formed by collecting rain water and natural stream run-offs over time into the lowest point of the Cantera (quarry). We plan to offer our adventurers the opportunity to discover this unique experience at FincA Galicia.

If you want to explore more, check this incredible book Wild Swimming Spain

Discover the most beautiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls of Spain
Lola Culsán and John Weller

http://www.wildthingspublishing.com/product/wild-swimming-spain/

 

Well, or Pues, as they say in Spanish! If you got this far, it means you read the whole post… and I Thank you.

If you like adventures and would like to discover ours, head over to our homepage for more!

 

Don’t do more, do better!

… and always keep on rockin 

 

Danny Shafrir

Founder | FincA Galicia – Outstanding stories, not just a vacation!

https://fincagalicia.com