So this weekend we decided to bus it about four hours East to Valencia to get in some sun and explore a different place. Thankfully, a friend of a friend lives there and was more than gracious to offer up his apartment for us to stay at. So Friday after classes I ran home, packed, and we were off (I wish it was actually that simple… we may or may not have been the last one on the bus and basically sprinted from the metro to the bus station, but needless to say, we got there!)
Our new friend Rodrigo picked us up at the station and we went back to his place to unwind after the four hour bus ride. I was actually able to sleep on the bus ride there (may or may not have been thanks to getting only three hours of sleep the night before…) so that was nice and made the trip a lot quicker! Later that night, we went into the Old City for some of the best sangria I have ever had, followed by the most delicious seafood paella I think I will ever taste. Valencia is famous for their paella and I now know why.
Later that night we went to the playa (beach) and later a nightclub called Las Animas that was mainly located outside on a rooftop terrace.
It was quite the scene and provided for some prime people watching. There we met some hombres from Holland who became our friends for the night! We returned home around 5 because we were all exhausted and went straight to bed so we could wake up to go to the beach!
We spent all day at the beach on Saturday, finally got some color back (because, yes dad, I am so pale!) While we were laying out, we spotted our Holland friends walking past and they ended up coming and sitting with us for a few hours, then Rodrigo joined us when he got off work!
Eventually we were starving so went back to the apartment for some pizza and tortilla española, and to siest (siest is the verb we’ve created for when you are siesta-ing). Once we all decided to get up around 10:30, Rodrigo made us some grilled chicken and pasta which was absolutely delicious! After, we went out in the city to some bars but did not stay out too late because we had a big day ahead today!
Rodrigo works at L’Oceanografique, one of the biggest aquariums in Europe that is part of La Ciudad de las Ciencias y Museos in Valencia. It was absolutely gorgeous and some of the most amazing buildings I have every seen.
Even better was the fact he got us in free. I saw the biggest Beluga whale of my life and some sea lions that were insane. It was so much fun and such a good way to spend the day before heading home on the bus! On the way, we also had some horchata, a Valencian drink that is kind of a creamy, milky, fruity drink. So hard to explain but SO good!
I got back tonight around 9, ate some dinner, talked with my señora while watching the news, and just finished my homework! I usually eat dinner a little bit earlier so have never seen the news and it was so interesting to watch it tonight and see the changes in content and format. I’m hoping I will get to watch it more and I’ll let ya know more of what I notice.