Despite our crazy night, we were still able to get a good night sleep in and when we woke up, we felt we had a lot of explaining to do. It was difficult enough to explain everything that happened last night in English, let alone in Spanish.
We felt so grateful to our friend’s family for letting us stay the weekend. They had endured a lot, and we really wanted to get a gift for them to make up for all the trouble we had caused. This would also be a great opportunity for us to explore the local neighborhood. The area around here was beautiful! The street itself was quite, but there were many nice houses and storefronts around and an open area were you could see the vast surrounding landscape. The landscape of southern Spain was much different from the rest of Europe. The earth was dry and cracked like a Steppe, and it made for a really cool lookout point.
We wandered around looking for little shops to buy a gift, and eventually we found a chocolate and coffee shop that seemed like a good place. By the time we had got home with our gift, they had a full lunch made up for us. Just when we thought we had a chance to make it up to them, they prepared a full course meal for us! These people were so nice, and we couldn’t have asked for better hosts. It would be hard to leave Murcia, not just because of the awesome time we had, but also because of the amazing people we have met here.
We got on the train home to Alicante, and in less then a day we would be back on the train to go to Valencia. The train ride would be leaving at about 6:00am, but for some reason my friends thought it would be wise to stay up until 3:00 to attend a beer pong tournament hosted by a local bar in Alicante. In the morning, I got up early to make breakfast for everyone, and even though my friend got up to grab the plate I handed him, he was so tired that he fell asleep mid-bite with the food scattered all over him. This was going to be a rough ride.
We barely made it to Valencia, and my two friends that went out the night before were practically running on fumes. The city of Valencia was really unique. The architecture here was a mix of new and old, and the city streets were far more happening than what we were used to in Alicante. We ended up getting lost a lot but were still able to see a few things. We got to checkout the stadium of the local soccer club, Valencia CF. We were able to sneak by the guards to get a look at the field itself but the was a huge gate up so we couldn’t actually go inside.
The main tourist attraction in Valencia is the Museu de les Ciencies, a huge science museum on the outskirts of the city. This museum had become world famous for its unique architecture which was perhaps even more remarkable than the contents of the museum itself. There are two massive reflecting pools that probably drag on about half a mile, and then situated in between these reflecting pools are some of the most unusually shaped building you’ve ever seen. One is basically shaped like half of a dome, and then the other one is almost impossible to explain. I guess the closest thing I can think of is that it kind of looks like one side of a football stadium. It’s easier just to show you.
Once we got inside this science museum, there was so much to do. I think this is a great place to take kids, but there is also a lot for the hardcore science fans. A lot of the stuff went right over my head, but I liked the giant pendulum thing in the main hall. This was meant to show the rotation of the earth. As the earth rotates underneath the pendulum, so too do the dominoes underneath it. Approximately every hour, the pendulum will knock over a new domino. This was pretty cool, but eventually we got bored. They had a cool ice exhibit with a giant ice sculpture. I’m not sure what the purpose of it was, but we turned it into a competition to see who could hold their hand there the longest without getting too cold. I found one of my friends listening to a very dry audio description in one exhibit, and when I videotaped him wearing headphones, he immediately pretended he was listening to music and started dancing! I thought this was so funny, and he’s the only one that ever could’ve thought of that on the spot.
As much fun as it was to hang out in the science museum, we had a train to catch, so we started making our way back to the station through the crowded city streets. I think Valencia is a nice city, but we really didn’t get enough time to experience it. We saw as much as we could in one day and I’m not going to have any regrets about it. On the way home, we found a candy store that sold absinthe (you heard me right) so we got a few bottles to take home with us. Only in Spain!
When we got home, I started cooking up a little absinthe cocktail for everyone. We had a beautiful kitchen with a view of the town and the apartment came with a giant glass flask. The whole thing looked like something Harry Potter would whip up in potions class.
Valencia was our last trip outside of Alicante. We now had a few days to relax by the beach and explore a little bit more of the city. We felt as if we hadn’t seen much of it because we were traveling so much, but now we could really dive deeper. Little did we know just how much there was to see.