First Days in Valencia!
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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 donÂ´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.
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.
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.
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!