A day of a kind #Valencia
Como estás? Why didn’t you write me back? Is everything okay there in that cold, dreary, little country? You have to keep me updated, I’m missing out on everything now that I’m in Spain. The news, the gossip, the jokes and everything that is going on in your life.
Stijn and I have safely arrived in Valencia and have moved in with our uncle, aunt and two cousins. Last monday we have also started our Spanish course and it is pretty intense. Everything is in Spanish and we have lessons four hours a day, fave days a week. So we are learning pretty fast. It is fun though and the group nice. We can at least laugh at the many mistakes everyone is making (I called Stijn my helados, which means ice cream, while I meant hermano (brother)….)
In the last week we have started to create a rithm in our days. I’m going to describe today as it was kind of a typical day that gives a good image:
So every morning we start our day at 07:30, what is really early for Spanish understanding. The mornings are chilly, but during the day the temperature gets really nice. By the time everybody in the house wakes up, we are on our way to the metro. The sun warms up the streets while we are on the metro and we walk into our Spanish school with the sun on our faces. Then we take our lessons for four hours with a break around 11:00. We cross the street to this little coffee bar that makes a great cappuccino. There is an Australian couple in our class and a Thai girl of 28 that is already married with who we drink a coffee every day and we get to know each other. Most days we are late for the second half of our class.
At 13:30, after four hours of class and our brains mushy from all the Spanish, everyone goes there seperate ways. Stijn and I go somewhere to eat lunch. Today we go to a place recommended by our Spanish teacher. He was absolutely right! The restaurant is amazing. There are only Spanish people and everyone knows everyone. The street is buzzing with voices talking Spanish, and a man with a violin passes by blocking the way for bicycles. Lunch is really big here. People lunch from 12 untill 15:00! And they eat salads, pizza’s, paella’s and pasta’s. It is the most important meal of the day and around 13:00 you will find most restaurants are filled.
We enjoy the buzz of people and great food. When being in Spain, blend in like a local. So we sit there for two hours just enjoying the vibe, food and speckles of sun the trees make on our skin. Then we walk into town. Valencia is a beautiful city to just walk around in. Sometimes we have a destination, but most of the time we just walk. We don’t stay in the city very long though. We head home and jump in the pool. It is still warm enough to swim and we don’t want to miss out. We dry in the sun and do some Spanish homework. As soon as the sun disappears though, it gets cooler and we move inside.
Because of the big lunch, dinner is late and small. I’m still getting used to that. For Spanish understanding we eat early, around eight. By the time my cousins are in bed, the evening is gone for m feeling. We drink something and go to bed. Some night we have a drink in the city, but we have to do intens Spanish so we probably go out properly this weekend.
I’m still getting used to the rithm a little, but I like it. And I love Valencia! I do hope we will meet some people our age though. It would be fun to hang out with some others. So I think that’s my story for now. I hope to hear from you soon! I’m curious about how university is again after the summer and what you’ve been up to without Veerle and me in Utrecht.