DIY: How to revive a tiny village

The last two days in Aragon flew by in a flash at El Tío Carrascón, a youth hostel/farm school in the middle of the Iberian System mountains, owned by our second Spanish protagonist: the Orduna sisters. Along with their wonderful family, they gave us a warm welcome and offered us a full Cerveruela experience. The best possible way to end our Spanish adventure!

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                                           Our crew with Maria, Beatriz and their parents, in the backyard of El Tio Carrascon

On the first day we got to spend some time with the eldest sister, María, who gave us the opportunity to take part in one of the many creative workshops that take place every month at the hostel and attract a lot of people from the surrounding areas. The activities organised by the Orduna family go from cooking classes to upcycling, photography and arts and crafts. During our stay, María decided to test our crew’s pasta-making skills.

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Our second day began early in the morning, when we filmed the sisters during their everyday actitivies and chores in the family-owned farm. In fact, El Tío Carrascón also gives its guests and visitors the opportunity to visit the farm and learn more about animals, animal care and nutrition, and food.

We spent the afternoon with Beatriz, the youngest of the Orduna sisters, whom we also interviewed for our documentary. She told us how in 2013, together with her older sisters Sara and María, she decided to go back to Cerveruela and set up a hostel/farm school to revive the tiny village. Now, after three years of activity, they get many visitors, from kids camps to families who wish to spend a few days in the peaceful rural village and take their children to see the animals.

“The most important ingredient of this adventure is the support of my family: without their help, it would not have been possible to make our dream come true” Beatriz told us. “We are the best possible team – everyone brings in something different, we complement each other and the results of our collaborative work are always very nice!”

About life in Cerveruela, Beatriz told us her village represents an exceptional case: “In most of Aragon’s rural areas young people tend to leave and move to the big cities. Here in Cerveruela – quite the contrary. There was a moment in which most of its residents had gone, but in the last couple of years I have seen more and more people come back.”

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