After we got done exploring, we decided to go out to eat at a close by restaurant. I had a sandwich and some french fries and everyone else ordered pretty similar things. Then, Alejandra, Danni, and I decided that we wanted to go shopping. We went to a few small stores and I ended up buying two shirts for only six euro each.
After shopping, we came back to the hostel to get ready for dinner. We were originally planning to get paella since it was created in Valencia, but we decided that we would wait for the next night. We went to a close by restaurant which was decent but not the best that I have ever had. Then, we went back to the hostel, got ready to go out, and had some drinks. We met some Belgians at the hostel bar who had been in Valencia for a few nights. They took us to a dance club, but we didn't buy any drinks there because they were pretty expensive. At 2:30, Lauren, Danni, and I were ready to come home. We walked back to the hostel and quickly climbed into bed. We couldn't wait to get some sleep after a long day of traveling and exploring.
Saturday morning, we woke up early and had some breakfast. The hostel was offering toast, coffee, juice, and fruit for three euro. After breakfast, we bought our tickets for the science museum and the aquarium and then got a taxi to take us there. The taxi was surprisingly only 4.35 euro total from the hostel to the aquarium. I would say that the aquarium, Oceanografic, was my favorite part of the trip. We got to see a lot of really cool sea creatures and a dolphin show that was really well done. I was told that the aquarium is the biggest one in Europe, and I would believe that because there was so much to see. After the aquarium, we went to the science museum which is in the same area. We spent a lot of time exploring and playing with the different gadgets. We also went to a free electricity show which was fun but nothing to rave about. After the museum, a group of us went to get horchatas. They are almost like milkshakes and very famous in Valencia. The taste was very unique, but I liked it a lot. Next, we came back to the hotel, ordered a few drinks at happy hour, and then went out for some paella. It was probably the best meal that I have ever had in my life. We got two kinds, but my favorite was the sea food paella. The meal was a little expensive, but it was definitely a good purchase because it was so delicious. We decided that we were all too tired to go out that night and went back to the hostel to fall asleep.
Sunday, we woke up early again and got breakfast. Then, we checked out and put our bags in storage. We made our way over to a famous market in Valencia where they were selling all sorts of interesting things. It was kind of cool to see all of the little shops set up and people watch since the place was crowded. After shopping, we went out to lunch, and then went to a place called Parc Gulliver. It is a giant statue/playground which is modeled after Gulliver from Gulliver's Travels. There are slides and things to climb all over the place, and it was honestly one of the coolest things that I have ever seen. Our train left at 5:00 that evening, so we went back to the hostel, got our stuff, and then walked back to the train station.
Street in Valencia
Not sure what this building is, but it is beautiful.
Room in Purple Nest Hostel
Terrace at the hostel
Another view of the terrace
Bar at the hostel
Street outside of Purple Nest
Building across the street from Purple Nest
One of the streets in Valencia on the way to lunch
Another street on the way to lunch
The group walking to lunch
Cathedral in Valencia
Priest store across from the Cathedral
Another view of the cathedral
Restaurant by the Cathedral
No explanation needed
Exploring the city and shopping
One of the plazas in Valencia
Beautiful building near the plaza
Another beautiful building
Danni in a locker at the hostel
Day two in Valencia
A plaza near our hostel
Science center in Valencia
More of the science center
Duck with a crazy head
Restaurant at the aquarium (didn't eat there, but its pretty)
Why hello there, Mr. Penguin.
Crazy birds in a giant cage
Bird, bird, bird, bird is the word.
Finding Nemo fish!
Sangria de verano (two and a half euro... score!)
This was such a fun weekend, and it was so great to see another part of Spain. On the train, I definitely realized how beautiful this country is and how lucky I am to be here.