Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Valencia’s modern city is known as the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), it was really interesting getting to see this because it is a stark contrast to the old town of Valencia.

We caught the bus to the modern city, the hotel staff told us what number bus to catch there and back and then we just guessed where we had to get off as the bus driver didn’t understand us. We jumped off when we thought we were near the modern city, but it turns out we jumped out at the park across from it. Oh well, we just had to walk across the park to get to it.

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The outside looked amazing, very futuristic.

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There was so much to see here but it was all quite expensive, I would have loved to see the museum of science (which apparently had an amazing planetarium!!) but we ended up going to the Oceanografic aquarium. It was probably a good thing because the museum and planetarium would have all been in Spanish anyway.

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This fish is creepy!

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Trying to take a selfie.

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There was a dolphin show which was pretty cool – we couldn’t understand what was being said but watching the dolphins was cool. However my conscience kept thinking ‘I hope these dolphins have more room to swim around’…

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The Beluga Whale.

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Walruses!

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We ended up having mcds for dinner because we just wanted something easy. Well it wasn’t that easy to order because we couldn’t ask for a ‘quarter pounder’, I tried to pronounce the Spanish title but the lady just stared at me… I was able to translate to her by counting how many pictures across the burger was. She was actually pretty good at interpreting what we were trying to say when we weren’t trying to speak Spanish, which was a relief.

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I’ve found not being able to speak the language isn’t a huge problem, people seem to be really polite in trying to understand you. But you do feel silly using hand gestures to talk…

Valencia has been interesting. The temperature hasn’t been too hot at all which was quite nice, I enjoyed the old city and had fun at the modern city. Unfortunately we never made it to the beach but that’s okay, we wanted to sightsee!

Jord

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