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The Days of the Past

The exact center of the Central Market

The exact center of the Central Market

Coming over the crest into the second week in Valencia it maybe time to look into what has been done or even what has to be done.   

School is awesome! International reporting and teaching us how to make a social presence that will inevitably help in the near future in gaining a job or career in the field of our choice.

Many things I have planned in the next few days... well sort of.
Tonight I have planned out that the discoteca is going to be part of the night as well as some tinto de verano.  An extremely refreshing drink that is the perfect summer drink.  It is an extremely popular alternative to Sangria and a lot less touristy.   
Ingredients:
Ice 3-4 cubes or cylinders or whatever shape you have and enough to make the drink ice cold
1 part Vino Tinto preferably Spanish which for me is easy to get and inexpensive here
1 part Fanta Limon 
and if you have a lemon lying around then a lemon slice.
Easy as one two three.

The first place I tried this was at the picture below.  A quaint neighbourhood bar in the La Gran Via district of Valencia.  It is called La Mirona.  The owner Nacho is the nicest person you will ever meet and I always say hi when I am passing by even if I am not getting a drink.  They have some of the best homemade Sangria as well.   

La Mirona when its Closed during Siesta 

La Mirona when its Closed during Siesta 

On a more serious note 
this week my goal is to get some breath taking long exposures as I have a ton of subjects to choose from and I am very happy I decided to bring ND filters.  This is because I will able to push the length of these exposures even longer to isolate objects from the very large tourist population.  Which despite the amount of people it is extremely tame.  Crowds the size of Disneyland with out the fierceness and pushiness of the group there.  Also this subject is really appealing to me due to the fact of the normalities of the late schedules of dinner and casual time after.  
I assume to see some interesting patterns emerge similar to how the white wash of water in the ocean creates a fog dream scape feel.  Only this will be caused by a movement of people possibly.  


Interesting things with exposing these types of images is you can take a picture at the highest ISO and largest aperture(which lets in the most light so the picture is only a fraction of a second) but it is extremely dull and mundane in colour and emotion compared to a picture of great lengths.  
   

Iphone photo of one of the buildings in the park I took while on a stroll through the park.

Iphone photo of one of the buildings in the park I took while on a stroll through the park.

Above is a great example of a subject for a long exposure.  The longer the time some nice stars will emerge where the lights are hopefully and a glow will consume the finished product.  Talking more about where this is it is situated in the old river bed which runs right through Valencia and is directly in front of the old city.   The river had to be redirected due to massive and frequent flooding a long time ago.  For a while the river sat dry and empty until they decided to renovated the dirt bottom space into one of the largest parks in Europe.  Spanning over a football field wide and going for multiple kilometers.  This is the perfect place to spend a day of relaxation.  From grass fields to trails to a zoo to gathering areas to kiosks and food stand all lining the old river bed leading into the Arts and Sciences district.  I will go into more about them soon as I will explain the nightlife experience soon enough.

Also news on what flights I booked and where I will be travelling around Europe waiting for the surf season to start in Portugal and France!!