While living in Valencia, I had a special visitor for a week and we planned a romantic road trip to Barcelona and Madrid. I had previously visited both cities while I was in college and was excited to see how they’ve changed over the last decade.
Month 9 of Remote Year has brought me back to the third biggest city in Spain, Valencia. I visited Valencia when I studied abroad in college and was excited to return to this beautiful seaside city. I love it because the local food is a little bit different than other areas of Spain, the green spaces are big and easily accessible, and the architecture is both weird and majestic. I lived in a prime location right in the city center. And even though I was amidst the hustle and bustle, it still felt unpretentious and quiet. Not to mention, I was right next to Spain’s largest fresh food market, El Mercado Central, that I frequented almost every single day. In fact, my morning routine was a visit to the coffee bar, Retrogusto, for a flat white and to practice my Spanish with Martina, the main barista.