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Blog #2 from Che: Pre and Post First Day of School
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Today was Anya’s 2nd day of school. I start tomorrow. Anya and I have to wear this uniform, and we look like little German school kids. She had a really good time at school yesterday and made a few friends. I went to Valencia with my mom and dad while she was in school.
It's pretty cool walking around ...
... their teachers. Whoever thought of making a playground from Gulliver's body was a genius and should have been given some of the money spent up the road to create a Gulliver's World, which would equal Disneyland.
There is a 2km plus avenue which connects the Bullring/Trainstation to the Arts and Sciences site, and there was a pleasant walkway under palm trees, down the centre of the road there and back. I saw many people walking their dogs up and down ...
... 1487, a rare secular building in the gothic style reflecting the immense wealth in that trade at that time. It is UNESCO listed with good reason. Big trading halls and salons, intricately carved ceilings in some, vaulted arches in others, and all around a courtyard with orange trees. It was stunning and a building of real grace. We wandered through it, enthused, all the way to the underground stores.
We walked back through familiar streets, reflecting on how it doesn't ...
... is this absolutely wild group of structures including a planetarium, a science museum, the largest oceanographic park in Europe and an opera house, not to mention a parking structure that is so gorgeous it is almost obscene given it’s function. One of the two architects who designed the structure was Santiago Calatrava, who, strangely enough, sent his kids to the same high school that I went to and it brought back memories of walking in, too many times, on ...
... architecture around, with plenty of churches, statues, fountains, the historical Lonja building, and some old castley-tower type thingys. And the central market, while not being as mind-blowing as Barcelona's, was still pretty impressive. And yes, I did try some Valencia oranges. They were aight. And there's a park that runs through the city, along the course of a former river bed, which is really ...