Six years ago today I was in Valencia, Spain. After an uncomfortable night train from Granada, I arrived in Valencia very early in the morning but decided to just power through my exhaustion and make the most of my first day in town. I dropped off my backpack at my hostel and spent the rest of the day sightseeing through central Valencia. At one point I climbed the tower at Valencia’s cathedral—I remember that spiral staircase seemed to go on forever—and in another part of the cathedral I came across the Holy Grail, which apparently has just been hanging out in Valencia the whole time. On my second day in Valencia I slept in, and according to one of the other people at my hostel I slept right through some loud construction that was directly outside. After getting ready for the day I spent a few hours at Valencia’s expansive main beach before walking around town some more. In the afternoon I reached the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (pictured) which translates to “City of Arts and Sciences.” Among the various futuristic buildings you can find in the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias are an IMAX cinema, a science museum, an oceanographic park, and an opera house. Everything was closed on the day that I was there but it still was interesting to walk around and check out the architecture. When I was done at the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias I followed the park in Valencia’s sunken riverbed back to the neighborhood my hostel was in. I wish I had remembered to go back to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias at night to see it with all the lights turned on.

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