I figured that was fitting since I was in 3 cities this particular weekend. Normally even I would tell you that being in 3 places in a matter of 3 days sounds crazy but this is me saying YES to life, haha.The beautiful view of Salamanca from the Cathedral
Remember my goal in (Exploring Spain) regarding wanting to visit half of the autonomias in Spain? Well during this weekend I crossed another one off my list and visited another city in Castila-La Mancha. I'm really glad I decided to do these trips during the same weekend because it definitely put into perspective how different 3 different autonomias can be. Each city was different in its own way, but I was definitely surprised by how much I ended up loving Valencia!
Rebels taking over Salamanca
Salamanca So I started my weekend off in Salamanca, a city famous for having the oldest university in Spain. It is also the most famous city in Spain for international students to learn Spanish, so that is why it is often called the "Student City". Like Segovia (another city I visited), this city was founded in the pre-Ancient Rome period. While this isn't my favorite city that I have visited around Madrid, I definitely was awed by the architecture. The Cathedral I visited here was beyond beautiful (that may have to do with the fact that I was able to climb up to the roof and even higher up to the bell tower to get a nice view of the city, I know what is it with me and views?)
With Paul and Lalito
Ice Cream as per usual (L) & with my friend Nicole (R)
Amazing architecture, but what's new?
What I remembered most about this trip was my lunch. In theory, that doesn't sound very good because you'd think I'd remember something significant about the city itself but having visited so many surrounding cities , they're all starting to look the same, lo siento Salamanca! Don't get me wrong I loved it but let me tell you about the lunch I had. As you may know Menu del día is very popular in Spain so of course I always opt for the 3 course plus a bottle of wine included meal for 10 euros. I had the black rice paella and it was beyond amazing. Funny, because I like to think of this meal as my "prep" for Valencia, home of the paella. This dish was so good, I can't even begin to explain it.
Still dreaming about this
Mis Chiquitas- love my friends
After a day in Salamanca, I headed back to Madrid to rest up and pack (last minute once again, whats new?) for Valencia.
One of the classrooms in Salamanca's Uni
Valencia Early Saturday morning, my friend Simone and I headed to the bus station to catch our cheap bus to Valencia! While on the bus I realized 2 more things I loved about Europe:
- How accessible other cities are by bus for people who don't want to take a plane or can't drive. In the states you pretty much have to be willing to drive or fly. Rarely do you hear people taking the Greyhound bus to different states.
- How cheap traveling is. If I tell you that my roundtrip fare to Valencia cost me 34€ would you believe me? Because that is exactly how much it cost me. While its old news to me now (okay not really), it still amazes me how easy and affordable travel is here. I've spent more on a tube of lipstick than my fare, how crazy. Our pink hostel room--my favorite one so far
Anyways, we arrived in Valencia around 11 am and waited for RJ to arrive at McCafe (eating macarons, whats new?). We basically had the rest of Saturday and half of Sunday to explore Valencia and in that short amount of time, this coastal Spanish city won my heart. Here's why:Ciutat Vella de Valencia
Street Parties on every corner
Will be blogging about the Spring Break of my dreams soon!
Hasta la próxima vez,