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Hey There Valencia

It has been over a week since I have been in Spain and it is wonderful.  As a student of Journalism and Photography this place is a must visit!  Especially Valencia! 

From the tower in the Catherdral

From the tower in the Catherdral

I started my courses this past monday and they are awesome.  An hour of Spanish each morning followed by class about Journalism and photography.  Each day we are assigned a task to accomplish whether it is taking a photo or asking people questions, in spanish!, even creating blog posts. 
So far we have had some amazing times and tours all thanks to the iei Media team along with the top dog Prof Brody.  I went to Guatemala with him earlier this year.   Below is an picture of a show we went to.

Expressing the intenseness of the Flamenco dance.  We went as a group to a small cafe famous for this art form.  Sangria was flowing and people were talkative up to the moment the dance started.  The room fell completely silent a singer a guitarist a violinist and the dancer engulfed the room with an emotional aurora.

Expressing the intenseness of the Flamenco dance.  We went as a group to a small cafe famous for this art form.  Sangria was flowing and people were talkative up to the moment the dance started.  The room fell completely silent a singer a guitarist a violinist and the dancer engulfed the room with an emotional aurora.

So Valencia how beautiful you are mi amor.  Where has this place been all my life I cannot believe this was never on my list of places to travel, where as of last night is about to get pretty long.  The architecture is old and the people are nice.  Walking into any town square a breezes often greets you graciously with a loving welcome.  Eyes opened to a new world one I am used to due to previous travels in Europe but a world I dearly miss.  The chaotic anger and need to keep moving present in the U.S. is non existent. 
Example a sangria experience....

The time of siesta is over. We sit down at the cafe and order a pitcher of sangria. It is quiet. A calm before the storm. A calm before the city awakens from its midday nap. Table screech in the background as cafes open up again. Every minute the dam holding people back starts to crack. It is past the heat of the day. Sound of metal gates opening and closing. Dog paws thunder towards us only to be interrupted by the shear crack of a children's laughter in the distance. Guard gates fly open completely and behind us in our favorite spot the ice cubes being stirred are a methodical clicking of a perfectly timed watch which swelled from inside. More people flood out of there hibernation. Counteracted by the tide of the wind. Every moment in the scene is hugged by a cool hand. The trees dance about softly. Just loud enough to dampen the noise and accepted chaos of everything else around. A single disturbance erupts as the pitcher makes its final descent as it strikes the table. The concussion filled our glasses. Siesta was officially over in Valencia Spain

The church in the main town square.

The church in the main town square.

The siesta is a time halfway through the day where most establishments not including the heavy tourist districts shut down there doors usually from the times of 16:00-19:00.  It is a time where many people eat and take a nap.  It is incredible how the city goes so quiet and serene during this time as the cars go to a minimum on the raods and the sidewalks clear almost completely.  Then 19:00 comes around and the apartment doors erupt as if they are overdue volcanos, the lava floods the sidewalks.  But exactly as lava the flow of people is not quick and rushed it is smooth and tranquil.  There is no exact time for when a cafe will be back open.  Many Americans may be troubled and struggle with this untimely schedule of pure bliss the Spanish live.  It is a country of happiness and statisfaction.  Meals take hours even if the food is gone with in the first 20 minutes.  Come to Spain and accept their way of life and embrace it, participate in it, and live in the moment.  

One of our first nights in Valencia as a class we went to a club named Las Animas which we arrived at at 3:00 after starting our night with some beers at a pub next to our house that had outdoor seating to sit at until 1:30.  We were only there for an hour before it closed and we had to walk down the street to another place.  The night was around the hour of 4:00 when Fadi and I were the only ones still at the disco by the time our fun had ended we made it home just before 6:30.  A first night out in Valencia well done.  Word on the street is we could of kept going until 12:00.  

Checking out the rice fields and the water that supplies them by boat.  It may be simple but it is a good reflection of life in Spain.

Checking out the rice fields and the water that supplies them by boat.  It may be simple but it is a good reflection of life in Spain.

I love coffee and right now I am drinking the worst coffee I have had since I have got to Spain. I would not have come here but some other students were here claiming the wifi was really good.  I will not make you guess. I am at Starbucks, yes starbucks(does not deserve to be capitalized), the worst coffee and guess what.....
Oh sorry I forgot no guessing.... the slowest wifi I have been connected to since I have got here.  
The cool thing about Spain is if you did not have a phone plan there is wifi at every place you go; cafes, bars, stores, resturants.

Check out a couple pictures below then look for the Spain section in the Destinations tab.
Hasta Luego!


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