The days seem to be speeding up lately. Everything is moving so fast and we are constantly jumping from place to place, dipping our toes in and pulling them out quickly and on to the next. Its amazing how fast you can fall in love with each place though. Part of me wants to stay put and get a feel for it. Really absorb all of me into it, submerge my self in the culture of one city but for that it would take too long. There is so much to see and what feels like not enough time to see it all, and man, I want to see it all.
I fell for Valencia, hard. I was so amazed by the twists and turns of the streets. How you could be walking down a road and after ten minutes you take a turn and suddenly feel like you’re in another world. The buildings change in every corner from old European style to this vast modern, almost futuristic like neighborhood with large dome shaped buildings placed in the centre of Gaudi style walkways and water of a turquoise hue.
3 days was not enough – but it was something and I find myself constantly caught between wanting to stay longer and soak up more but extremely curious about the place that awaits us. I guess there are worse things in life, so I shouldn’t complain. Life for me right now is pretty much a dream.
We spent a lot of our time walking around downtown through narrow side roads that lead us to an open square lined with cafes filled with people drinking coffee. In the centre, a beautiful fountain where people sit around to take selfies and pictures in the mist of the flowing water. Musicians playing saxophone and guitar to try and make a few bucks for their talented time. We sat for quite a while just taking it all in, not long enough but something.
About a 15-20 min walk from our Airbnb was the beach. Chairs and umbrellas to rent cost about 5 euro each, so about 15$ for both. Insane prices if you ask me but almost every single person was in one. I was happy enough to just lay on a towel in the sand drinking our 1 euro beer listening to Marks music from his phone. Along this beach was a long strip with fancy restaurants and lots of energetic people drinking and talking amongst each other. We picked a really busy place to enjoy our last nights dinner to finally try the Paella, a traditional Spanish dish made of many spices, beans, rice and a type of meat or seafood. We opted for the traditional Valencian one which had rabbit and chicken. I wasn’t all that fond of the meat and neither was Mark. Most of the flavour from the meat is cooked out into the rice so the richness of that was enough for both of us. I must admit, it was quite delicious. It was definitely out of our budget but sometimes those kind of things are worth it, especially local cuisine for us, so we didn’t mind. We will make up for it down the road. We’re pretty good for that.Agua de Valencia — traditional valencian drink made from fresh orange juice, vodka, gin and champagne. A MUST try when visiting the city!
A new city is never complete for us without a free walking tour. So you better bet we did one. It wasn’t with the usual Sandeman as they didn’t have one here but they did have their own local company. The guide was Italian, so Italian that I couldn’t pay attention for the first bit cause all I could hear was her adding “ah” at the end of every word. It was wildly entertaining. We made sure to soak up the modern section of the city that is named one of the 12 treasures of Spain. The City of Arts and Sciences. Made up of 7 structures. L’Hemisferic, an Imax, planetarium that from the outside resembles a giant eye. El Museau de les Ciencies Principe Felipe, an interactive museum that was built to look like the skeleton of a whale. L’Umbracle, an open structure walk with indigenous Valencian plants. L’Oceanografic, the largest aquarium in Europe with 110,000 square metres and 42 million tons of water. El Paulu de les Arts Reina Sofia, an opera house and performing arts centre. El Pont de l’Assut de l’Or, a white cable bridge connecting the two main streets. L’Agora a plaza for sporting events and concerts. Its all very extravagant and beautiful. An absolute must visit if you’re planning on coming to Valencia. I highly suggest taking a peek at night too.L’Hemisferic at nightThe city of Arts and Sciences
Ive already thought about our trip back here. There is so much to see and so much more to do. I would love to plan a trip and just spend a few months around Spain. Ill just add that to my never ending bucket list. This list, for those have a similar travel one as mine knows that you tend to cross one thing off and add about 10 more.
We are pretty excited to encompass ourselves in the beautiful Malaga starting today. Yet another quick stop of only four days until we head off to explore Portugal. I cannot wait to update you guys on whatever lies ahead for us and so grateful for those who have been interested enough to follow along. Talk soon ❤