So wait for the stone on your window, your window

Trip Start Dec 17, 2010
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Trip End Apr 26, 2011


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Saturday, January 22, 2011

On Saturday, we took a day trip to Valencia.  It was about a 2 hour bus ride each way and we got home before dinnertime, so it was a pretty rushed day.  We got to see a lot though.

We started off in the very modern part of the city which has a science museum and aquarium in addition to several other buildings and some cool ponds and gardens.  We didnīt get to go inside, but even the architecture was really cool.  The whole area used to be a river, but there were so many horrible floods throughout the history of Valencia that the city decided to divert the river so that it went around the city instead of through it.  

Next, we took a bus tour of the older part of the city including the Plaza del toros and the Ayuntamiento, or city hall.  We then walked to the old market and the cathedral.

The market was beautiful and has a kind of interesting history.  Before the discovery of America, Valencia was the most important city in Spain.  It was a great port for trade with India and the rest of Asia.  They started construction on the market and had almost finished in 15 years, which was incredibly fast at that time.  However, once America was discovered, the Mediterranean coast wasnīt as important, and Lisbon took over as the most important Iberian city.  The construction of the market wasnīt completely finished until the 1900īs.  Today itīs just a beautiful empty room.
 
Next, we walked to the cathedral, which is where the real true Holy Grail is on display.  Just ask any Valencian.  Holy Grail or not, the past 2 popes have celebrated mass with the chalice, so that was a pretty cool anyways.  

 The cathedral also has one of the arms of San Vicente on display, and the day we were there was actually his feast day.  San Vicente was the first martyr in Spain.  According to legend, his body was protected by ravens from being eaten by vultures until his followers recovered his body and buried it in Valencia.

Other notes from the trip:

Valencia has 3 Starbucks, Alicante doesnīt have any.  I will research these things better the next time Iīm choosing a city to move to.
 
We had our first robbery of the semester.  A backpack with a camera in it.  Luckily no wallet or passport.

I saw a dog that was walking another dog.  I would have taken a picture, but a homeless man told me that I had to pay him if I wanted a picture.



On Sunday, my host momīs son, his son, girlfriend, and her son came over for lunch.  It really made me realize how quiet the house normally is with just the two of us.  After we ate, they invited me to go to a musical with them.  It was La vuelta al mundo en ochenta días.  (Around the World In Eighty Days).  It was almost three hours long and performed by children in Spanish, so I didnīt understand much, but I was completely enchanted until the end.  They did such a good job

Last night, a group of us went to a bar to watch the NFC and AFC championship games.  I had the feeling that I could have started chanting "USA USA" without offending anybody else there.  Unfortunately, primetime in the States is prime sleeping time here, so I didnīt see the end of the Steelers game.  The Superbowl starts at midnight.  If I time my siesta right, I may be able to see the whole thing.  

So, that was my third weekend in Alicante.  Enjoy the pictures.  Iīm trying to remember to take them more often.      

    
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Suzy B on

Don't you just love all the Cathedrals? They are everywhere and each one is unique and gorgeous. I miss it so much! I loved going to the movies when in Spain. It helped with my Spanish temendously. Visit Toledo and Segovia if you can. The aqueduct in Segovia is awesome. Buy a sword in Toledo, drag it around all day and then try to bring it back on the plane when you return!! Ha Ha ha that was fun. Better yet, find a place that will just ship it home for you! Love ya!

Grandpa on

Hi Elaine. At anchor, Zihuatenejo, finally catching up with you. The question did occur to me, when you dropped your camera, just what was it you were trying to photograph? My Spanish is improving as well, with a vast vocabulary of 18 palabras which when used in many varying combinations provide complete communication.

A last thought: Stay away from the Americans as much as possible. You will learn more.
Love,
Grandpa

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