ONCE you taste the sweetness of life in the city…”, emphasizes Rosario Romero, without having to finish his sentence. This professor of Didactics of Body Expression, of the Faculty of Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports, She arrived from Zaragoza with her partner, also a campus teacher, and pregnant with her second child to work in the capital Huesca. None of them hesitated to bet on life in the countryside to “lead a more natural life”, among other reasons, and they settled in Loporzano. Some 22 years later, they are still convinced that they have found their place: “we understood that”. “I can investigate, lead a healthier life and there is an interesting cultural movement,” summarizes Romero.
“When you come to rural areas, you have many challenges, but many other benefits. In the beginning and when you’re younger, you think that If things are not going well you can go to Huesca, but the truth is that once you have tried it… it is an advantage at all levels, especially human“, he underlines. “In this nucleus there is a lot of symbiosis between the people here and those of us who have arrived, we have always felt at home and involved. There is a fantastic relationship,” he said.
As for the work, “now it is much more comfortable because the preparation of the investigations, the bibliographical research, is done for the moment via Internet, except for the application parts”, he indicates. Despite the fact that Loporzano was one of the towns where the Internet was installed with the DGA plan and then he was expelled from the DPH, finally he also arrived with Embou, and even with this difficulty, life in the city is worth living for Romero. “Now I just had an article published in a magazine, and I can do everything from here without any problem,” he says.
Rosario Romero is a researcher for the initial training of teachers in physical education, for those who are going to teach in secondary or baccalaureate. Specifically, works from emotions and affective implications and in his latest article he publishes the results of the analysis of the psychological variables that determine whether people practice physical education. Their academic and research work can be fully developed by living in Loporzano, but it also highlights other aspects of their life in this city, which they had not even thought of when they arrived.
“The citizen platform (Loporzano without extensive breeding) was formed and, within it, we carried out research work. We have collaborated with the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) with a citizen science project to measure the levels of water, nitrate… It’s very rewarding to contribute to it from the city. This activity united us a lot, because it was very productive and helped us to know the environment better,” he comments. “
In this sense, he explains that they have collaborated with the Ríos Ciudadanos project, also a citizen science project, with a network of volunteers to monitor the water quality of the rivers of Aragon; with the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, with Greenpeace… “It’s another variant that I couldn’t even imagine”, summarizes Rosario Romero. “There are always threats that they put something on you and you won’t be able to live here, but you put in the work…and it’s worth it“, he underlines.
At the same time, it appears that many activities are carried out from the area of La Hoya de Huesca and the town hall. “We have a choir to learn how to work the voice, led by Alba and Javier, a book club… In the dimension of the municipality there is an interesting cultural movementRomero comments, also alluding to the unity that has been achieved between the usual neighbors and those who, like them, have settled there in recent decades.
As for the downsides of having fewer services than a capital city, he doesn’t deny that he’s had to make those dreaded dawn departures to pick up his kids, when someone plans to move to a town around Huesca, but also He assures that he has always been remunerated. “My youngest son -21 years old- is already completely from the village, involved in nature. He is a sports technician and is dedicated to giving ski lessons, sports activities… The game went well for us, ”he says. Living in a city like Loporzano is “very cool and I encourage people to try it”, he concludes.