Trip Start Sep 26, 2005
Trip End Dec 19, 2005

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Wow!! Can't believe its been this long since I wrote in my travel blog!!! Today is another beautiful Saturday afternoon and I've had a fantastic week!!! Tuesday I met up with Michelangelo, the Italian guy I met on the plane from Rome. We had dinner with his friend Alejandra, from Uruguay. (See photo) They are very nice and I've enjoyed site-seeing with him all over the City. I've also been checking out tons of apartments with Chrysa, a girl from Greece who is going to be studying Spanish here. (see photos of cool high-rises near the beach - found free wifi in the park here). There have been more festivities!!! Wednesday Oct 12th was Dia de la Raza (Hispana) and a national holiday here in Spain (see video of musicians and dancers in the street). Everything was closed, but there were lots of street vendors out... yes, even card collectors/traders/aficionados (see foto). Plus everyone was out in the parks... everyone, young, old, native, immigrant, tourists, everyone!! The main park in Valencia follows the original path of the Rio Turbia, which centuries ago, used to flood the city during the rainy season. So about 50 years ago, the government decided is was better to redirect the river around the city and create a huge park (see foto)... with tons of bridges and space to play football or to walk thru gardens and trees, etc. Its absolutely fantastic!!. There are little cafes, a skateboard park, fountains (foto with Miku). I walk thru there everyday, like a true Valenciana J Found this cool gigantic statue a figure (historical character perhaps) laying down with tons of kids and entire families climbing all over him, sliding down. They were having a blast!! (see fotos and video). Best part was when I found mi gente/my people having a cool little fiesta con musica reggeaton!! Music was awesome.. (see video) So I danced a little salsa and ate some yucca con salsa fresca... yumm!!
Even when there are no festivals in Valencia, most people are always in the park because it's a huge, long park that winds all the way down to Ciutat de Artes y Ciencias (the City or Arts and Sciences). Yes! This is one of the things that has attracted me to Spain. Check it out!!! There are no words adequate to describe the coolness and incredible sense of awe that you get walking around this place. The architecture is by a local guy named Santiago Calatrava. Couldn't resist taking a foto of myself I was so happy. There are of course incredible museums and exhibitions to explore here, even a world-renowned aquarium. But I am in no hurry to see everything all at once so I will wait until you can join me J For now, I will continue to pursue a job and an apartment!! ciao
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