The Westin Valencia
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Valencia, have you heard of it? Maybe, maybe not, as it's not one of the biggest or interesting towns in Europe. But it does however host the biggest food fight in the world. Whilst I was there I was lucky enough to participate in the 95th La Tomatina. Which for those of you living under a rock is basically a fight where 22,000 people congregate along the main road in the town of Bruno and throw tomatoes at each other for 1 hour. I'm ...
... walk. In between there are beautiful squares and plazas to sit and watch the crowds go by. Plenty bars and cafes to get refreshments. Intermingled with all this are the normal local shops and businesses so plenty variety of things to see. The crown jewel of my search was the central market, I was told it was huge and they did not exaggerate. Even outside the market there were several stalls selling paella pans and burners so you could get the entire ...
... of the vanities! We flowed with the crowd towards the city hall....the last to burn would be the lion. Most of the city had got there first and soon a wall of people and security barriers blocked our way. Fireworks ejected from the great beast and the crowd whooped as flames began to lick upwards. His mane shook with fire and flames appeared in his eyes! The crowd, sated,turned for home, but I felt drawn forward towards the embers, the hoses of the bomberos ...
... needed three! Good for us right! Was so much fun!
After X Door we went home for a Spanish siesta and then couldn't actually be bothered going out for dinner so ended up ordering take away tapas whilst Katie read us 50 Shades of Grey references out loud. Unlucky for us the buzzer on our door didn't work so by the time we got the food it was pretty ice cold... but that will teach us for being lazy!
A few more glasses of sangria and once again there goes another day in ...
... to play. :( We saw heaps of birds including eagles and could hear the blue hens, I also found one dead Sun Perch while we were chopping reeds but that was all. Very different to Australian wildlife reserves that are full of wildlife at all trophic levels. I guess that is the job of the conservation program...to make it self sustainable and introduce the wildlife back into the area.
Tomorrow (Maņana) we will be testing the water at the green filters and tagging ...