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Simple things like haircuts seem to dominate our travels.
Some of you may remember my anxiety ridden rant in a blog from Italy found here - but now we are in Spain and we have a good number of foreign hair cuts under our belt. And when I say "we" I really mean Hagan, Quinn and I - Wade - not so much!
So, I needed a trim, Hagan and Quinn needed a cut. So we ventured off across the road to the closest hairdresser we could find.
One of the first things I saw arriving in Valencia came as quite a shock to me. After arriving by train from Madrid and exiting the train station I saw a line of billboards on the buildings across the street. Each one of these buildings seemed to be advertising for a brothel or some sort of escort/sex service. Soon I came to learn from my reading that prostitution, for the most part, is legal in Spain. This was especially surprising considering I've lived my entire life in a ...
... than I had planned. Good thing I had bought a
bunch of euros from my sister before I left the USA. (She had a lot
left over from her 2 trips to Spain earlier this year.) Because I
had scouted out my route yesterday, I knew exactly where I was going
this morning. I didn't want to take any wrong turns with my luggage
on my back. Stopped along the way at a neighborhood bar for a
breakfast of café con leche y un ...
... embarrass myself!
Once back I again cooked dinner and again bumped into the Spanish girl... This time I didn't even try to ask when she was staying til as I assumed she was simply a ghost who haunts the hostel and never leaves. After dinner I chatted with some New Zealanders doing a 6 week journey and ended up playing cards with them for a while (no air con in the rooms meant it got really hot, really quickly and thus really difficult to sleep) before eventually retiring.
This is a beautiful city that I was really looking forward to spending two full and long days exploring by foot.
Great idea at the time, until I ate that piece of pizza back in Alfas Del Pi....that was the bad idea.
So now I'm not so motivated to leave my room at all and I'm lucky it's quite a comfy one in a lovely old Pensione townhouse right on a great pedestrian street and only 20 metres from Estacio De Nord where I get off the trains from Alfas - yes there ...