Gearing up to leave Valencia and begin a new adventure has me in a reflective mood. I started to think about this post I wrote last August about the things that I was most excited to do when we first moved here.
I thought I´d look back and see if we did them all and whether anything else needed a mention as I look back on the year.
Living with Rich. It was brilliant and I am missing him now that we no longer do :(
Finding an apartment and making it our own. We found such a great apartment, and it´s sad to have to leave it. As it´s right on the Riverbed, it´s great for getting out and enjoying the sunshine.
Learning Spanish. Well, that´s never really happened *embarrassed face*
Wandering through the Riverbed Park One of my favourite things about Valencia, we have spent many hours wandering and discovering new parts to it.
Getting to know my new class and colleagues. My class were hard work to begin with, but my goodness they were fantastic children and I´m lucky to have worked with wonderful collegues this year too who I will definitely keep it touch with on Facebook.
Agua de Valencia (a mix of champagne, Cointreau, vodka and orange juice!) I´ve had it a few times and it´s nice, but not one of my favourite drinks.
Paella, tapas and sangria. You know what? I´m not a big tapas fan, but my goodness do I love Valencian paella. I could eat the stuff every day. And, I only had sangria once all year but I am partial to it.
Trips to the beach. Definitely one of my favourite places in this city.
Having our friends and family to stay and showing them round. Every trip has been amazing.
The Valencian fiesta, Fallas. Words fail me but maybe these posts will help...
So that´s what I was most looking forward to, but what do I rate now, after a glorious 11 months here?
Easily my favourite place in the city. I haven´t kept count (but wish I had) and I think I´ve visited 11 times now, and getting great value for money out of my annual pass! I change my mind all the time about my favourite animals, but it´s usually between the giraffes, elephants, gorillas and the hippos for me.
The City of Arts and Sciences
We are so lucky to have lived across the road from these incredible buildings which I never get tired of seeing. We´ve seen 2 movies at the Hemisferic IMAX cinema, visited the Science Museum and visited the Oceanorafic many times. This is a must see area if you´re visiting Valencia.
Walking, running and cycling
An odd choice? Well I know you can do this in lots of places, but a year here has made me far more active and healthy. I love being outside in the year round sunshine, and we very rarely take the bus or Metro. I will certainly miss this in Doha.
It´s local, it costs 1 Euro a bottle. Amazing!
Sorsi e Morsi restaurant
One of our absolute favourites, they know our order when we walk in now. Great food, very reasonably priced. We´ve eaten here, and at their sister restaurants, over 30 times! Eek!
It really has been an incredible year here in Valencia. I´m sure that our next adventure, in Doha, will also be amazing and I´ll be setting a blog for that too! I´ll pop a link up here as soon as I set it up, so you can all see how we get on!