First Days in Valencia!

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The 1000yr old Roman Wall in our apartment

     I arrived in Valencia two days ago to start my study abroad program.  I have studied abroad a few times but I have not had the pleasure of visiting Spain yet.  I wasnt exactly sure what to expect.  Even though I have traveled around Europe before, I was so nervous to begin.  I don´t speak much Spanish at all and I thought that that was going to be the tough part.  I have only taken one semester of the language but when I arrived I was surprised to find out that I remembered more than I thought I would!  I had never heard that much about Valencia before so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I was stunned when I arrived.

Beautiful Spanish Street
It is the most beautiful place I´ve ever seen.  It´s an extremely charming city.
     I checked in to the study center to and I was shocked at the location and just how amazing it is.  It is right behind the Torres de Serranos which used to be the entrance into Valencia.  It's so beautiful and it's the first thing I see when I walk outside of my apartment.  The building I live in is about 130yrs old and they incorporated it into a 1000 year old ancient wall.  Therefore, several bedrooms in the center have parts of the ancient wall in them! it is so cool.  After we settled in and got the boring orientation stuff over with, we went to explore the city.  We walked all around the beautiful streets near our place.
My roommates and I in front of the soccer field in the "river"
  It is pretty central to everything so I havent had to use public transportation yet which is awesome because there is nothing more I like to do than walk around in a foreign place! I love getting lost in places like this.  I just wandered around the city all day today and took pictures of all the neat stuff everywhere!
     Last night, Spain was playing in the World Cup and they had to win in order to advance to the next round.  My roommates and I wanted to be right in the action so I asked one of our program directors where we could go that would be full of Spainards and the least amount of Americans.  I love my country but I´m here to learn and enjoy the Spanish culture.  She told me about this place by the soccer stadium which was about a 30 minute walk away.
Torres de Serranos.... the yellow bldg to the right is where i live
  We decided to leave a little early so we could stop at various tapas bars along the way for food and drink.  That was a wonderful experience.  I really like the fact that everywhere we went last night they only spoke Spanish.  I love practicing my poor Spanish! Plus I´m really not into the touristy stuff.  Except for the things you have to see like the city of arts and sciences! haha I´m excited to go with school in a couple weeks! 
     On the way to the stadium we had to walk along the river which was super cool because I knew nothing about it.  They diverted the river and now its a massive recreational park.  There are sand soccer fields, grass soccer fields, dog parks, jogging paths, ping pong tables, etc.  It was awesome.  Once we got to the bar there were tons of fans going nuts! Spain had just scored their first goal and then soon after they scored their second one!  Spain ended up winning and fans started celebrating.  The energy was amazing.  The fans even sort of divided up and started a chanting war!! This may not seem like a big deal to Europeans but to a small group of Americans who care little about soccer, this was a site to see!  We continued the celebration at one of the late dinners Spain is so famous for.  We ended our evening at a discoteca and I must say that it was a perfect day!

krisz2205 says:
You should definitely go to Valencia. It´s a great town and its not very touristy so you really get a feel for the local culture. I have so much more to right but it´s so hard to find time. I promise I´ll have more in the next few days!
Posted on: Jul 03, 2010
Rin21 says:
Sounds like you're having the best time! I'm excited to read more about your experiences. Be sure to keep updating this blog as I have subscribed to it. :) Haha.

I'm new to traveling and am only just now starting the process to get my passport. I love reading the blogs. They help me add to my list of places to see.

Tata!
Rin
Posted on: Jun 26, 2010
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The 1000yr old Roman Wall in our a…
The 1000yr old Roman Wall in our …
Beautiful Spanish Street
Beautiful Spanish Street
My roommates and I in front of the…
My roommates and I in front of th…
Torres de Serranos.... the yellow …
Torres de Serranos.... the yellow…
us watching the world cup
us watching the world cup
Dinner YUM!
Dinner YUM!
sights around Valencia
sights around Valencia
Fountain!
Fountain!
My room!
My room!
bathroom
bathroom
shower
shower
living room
living room
kitchen
kitchen
view from my balcony
view from my balcony
pretty palm trees
pretty palm trees
1000yr old roman wall in our apart…
1000yr old roman wall in our apar…
pan de queso!
pan de queso!
pretty spanish street
pretty spanish street
a cat house!
a cat house!
view of the torres de serranos...t…
view of the torres de serranos...…
soccer field in the river
soccer field in the "river"
soccer field in the river
soccer field in the "river"
haha spanish kids in burger king h…
haha spanish kids in burger king …
guy motivating the crowd where we …
guy motivating the crowd where we…
fans
fans
world cup..spain won
world cup..spain won
yay espana
yay espana
celebrations
celebrations
place we watched the game
place we watched the game
we bartered for these shirts haha
we bartered for these shirts haha
dinner!
dinner!
torres de serranos
torres de serranos
view from one of the study center …
view from one of the study center…
couple getting married!
couple getting married!
374 km (232 miles) traveled
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