Trip Start Dec 04, 2006
63Trip End Aug 05, 2007
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We spent a good chunk of our time hanging with friends of mine from Ottawa who will be working in Valencia for the next few years thanks to a NATO assignment. Family dinners were a real highlight. Their insanely beautiful two story apartment (marble flooring throughout) was ideally situated for our interests.
First, Europe´s largest aquarium was literally across the street. With an average pair of binoculaurs, one could watch the outdoor dolphin performance from their balcony. Still, we checked it out in person and it was spectacular. The complex has a ton to see so, not surprisingly, it filled up with families and strollers and screaming kids shortly after it opened. The penguin exhibit was the site of a special brand of chaos with all the little kiddies banging and jumping against the aquarium glass, screaming and hollering at top volume. It was as if they had taken over the place and the employees had fled for their lives. Tara and I were literally tripping over strollers trying to get to the exit before the stampede for hot dogs would begin. Note to travellers: where shin pads and ear plugs.
As some of you may know, Tara and I are avid sailors. Well, the mother of all sailing races - the America's Cup (www.americascup.com) - just happened to be taking place in Valencia and the sailing complex was just a short walk away from where we were staying. So we strolled over to take a look at the trophy itself - very shiny - and the boats that are no longer in the competition - quite impressive. The finals between New Zealand and Switzerland had just begun so we were able to watch/listen to a couple of races
Final key highlight... as previously mentioned, my friend David is in the military and, as it turns out, the Canadian contingent in Valencia was hosting a Canada Day celebration on June 28th so we received a special invitation to attend on the base. It was great. It was nice to hear the national anthem after so much travelling and the Spanish military band did a superb job. Lots of food and drinks and, in Tara´s words, attractive men in uniforms. We were told to skip out on the clean-up so off we went to the beach. A perfect end to a short but busy trip to Valencia.
Apologies for the lack of pictures. We have some to upload so stay tuned.