The term "Aldeology" It could well fill a gap in the academic lexicon. Studying the villages is not a simple matter or a lack of meaning. It is, nothing more and nothing less, than to know the gear of the peoples, to understand their past, to analyze their future and to forecast their future.
Studying the villages is also a matter of method. Two brothers from the rural nucleus of Asiego (Cabrales), Manuel and Javier Niembro, they combine theoretical and statistical knowledge, with the full experience of living in the town. Both have studied Geography at the University of Oviedo. Javier and Manuel, since the summer of 1999, have engaged in an initiative worthy of praise. Now they live in Asiego. And they bring and take from the beautiful mountainous area of Cabrales a bag full of ideas. They have turned their village into a laboratory full of knowledge possible for the visitor. The small dairies, the pomades, the wineries, the stables, the caves, the erías, the caleyas, the houses, the mountains and the men are their object of study. They have approached him in several ways: documenting, chatting with older people, but above all they know him because they live there since they were children and there they develop their economic activity around rural tourism. They also have enough semantic tools to tell what they see, what they hear and what they read. And they tell it while they walk, chat and pour a "culín" of cider to their guests-friends.