Back in Valencia - It's Been a Busy Few Weeks.
After a family vacation in Sozopol Bulgaria, where we swam in the Black Sea, ate delicious seafood and generally larked about for ten days, our time spent moving every week or two ended and we have landed in one city for a few months. Coming back to Valencia wasn't always in our plans. We had flights booked to return to the States with the idea of getting back in the trailer and heading up the Oregon Coast. But for various reasons that we have already explained we decided that just wasn't what we wanted to do any more.
Pretty much since our first week in Valencia this Spring we knew that we wanted to come back. So here we are and we have decided to stay until November and get to know the city that we have fallen for in a bit more depth.
Our first few weeks back have been quite hectic. One of the first things we did when we got back was meet with an ENT surgeon to look at the feasibility of Iain having some much needed surgery. Our next post will describe our "medical tourism" experience in detail. SPOILER ALERT, Iain had the surgery and we had a busy time back and forth to the hospital. We also signed up for Spanish school at 2Day Languages and have been attending classes three times a week since we got here. We are supplementing the classes with a lot of home study that fills our days with verb conjugations and learning vocabulary.
Another chore, if you can call it that, was to secure our accommodation for the rest of our time here. We already had July and August sorted in two AirBnBs in different neighborhoods. The first month or so in trendy Russafa followed by the old town of El Carmen until the end of August. I'm glad to say that we have found ourselves a flat back in Russafa from September until the end of November. Thankfully we no longer have any concerns about being homeless while we are here!
All the busy time hasn't all been work, we have also been filling our days, and our nights with lots of fun. The month of July in Valencia is full of events and celebrations as part of the Gran Fira de Valencia. We've seen a 3D concert in an IMAX theater, went to an open-air showing of the 60+ year old movie Roman Holiday. We sang and danced along to a Karaoke- version of Mary Poppins on a big screen in the main town hall square. We've seen midnight firework displays over the marina and mascleta audio displays in old town. We danced to a swing band and enjoyed some reggae on a night of music in the center of the city. We have a couple of more things to go to over this weekend. All of this is part of the Gran Fira - we have probably been to about 1 to 2% of the events, it's hard to keep up!!
We came back here in July and August as we know this is the warmest time of year and we wanted to see how it suited us. It is definitely pretty hot and much more humid that we are used to in Southern California but we have found it to be pretty manageable so far. We get up and take a long walk in the morning before the heat builds up and then after picking up groceries at the market we tend to stay in studying Spanish or doing other work that keeps us out of the heat of the day. Later we either head to Spanish School or go out for a neighborhood stroll, drinks or dinner when the temperature is more pleasant.
Next week we relocate to our second AirBnB in a different part of town so we'll have a whole new place to explore. Our first month back in Valencia has been busy but in a really good way. So far, our decision to change our plans is turning out to be a pretty good one.