Ultraviolet (Light my way)

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Jay & Sonal's

Flag of Spain  , Valencia,
Friday, August 6, 2010

The biggest surprise dealt by Ryanair this time was that everything went very smoothly and we really didn't have anything to gripe about! Our luggage was rather a long time making it to the conveyor and when we did finally retrieve it, the baggage tags had been changed; gone were the machine printed tags that the check-in desk attendant had stuck on and in their place were hand written labels? How or why this occurred I guess we’ll never know, but the luggage did arrive safely, so no real complaints.

Our friend Jay was waiting for us when we finally emerged from the arrivals area and we were soon on our way to Oliva, a beautiful small town on the Spanish coast that Jay and his wife Sonal now call home, having moved there from Canada just a few months ago. Their home is a lovely old terraced house on a very narrow steeply sloping street. The homes on their street are deceptive in size and despite the rather narrow front the house stretches far back and has a wonderful rooftop terrace overlooking the town with panoramic views of the ocean beyond and the mountains inland. The kids were delighted to see Sydney again, Jay and Sonal’s three legged chocolate Labrador.

Our first evening in Spain we spent mostly on the terrace enjoying great food, good company and spectacular views and then chatting the night away over a few drinks as the kids slept soundly in their beds ;-)

The late night didn’t lend itself to an early a start the following morning, but by 11am we were setting up umbrellas and blankets on the local beach and playing in the sand. The day was an absolute scorcher and after much fun swimming in the sea, playing beach tennis and French cricket, building sandcastles, watching the kite-surfers and enjoying a scrummy picnic lunch we realized we were remiss in our very sparse application of sunscreen. The pleasant and consistent sea breeze lulled us into a false sense of security and allowed those darned Ultra Violet rays to do their damage and consequently we were all looking a shade or two pinker as we headed into town for dinner.

Jay and Sonal have done a great job of getting to know the locals and the best spots in town in the short time that they’ve been in Oliva and so took us to a great little restaurant for dinner. Paella originates from Valencia just a short drive from Oliva and so we took the opportunity to indulge. Paella, cockles, cheese, asparagus and more all washed down with a little Sangria – what a great way to spend an evening :-)

A little saddened to not be able to stay longer, we said goodbye to Sonal and Sydney and Jay then kindly drove us to the train station to catch our train to France. It was a brief visit to Spain, but we had a wonderful time and are sure to return, particularly to Oliva. Sonal was even sweet enough to pack a lunch to take with us and it wasn’t until we were on the train we realized just how yummy and substantial it was – Thank you Sonal!
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