Almost two years ago I moved to Valencia, Spain, a city that I’ve never been nor heard of until my friend told me about it while I was struggling with life. A little more about me, I was born in Toronto, raised in HK and the UK, and then decided to start over in Tokyo but got fed up with their living system and now started all over again in Spain. And I think I’ve found happiness in this city.
This city is just amazing, even though it is small compare to all the cities I’ve lived in, it has everything, there is so much to do, even if I am not doing anything, just wandering the streets makes me happy, not to mention the weather, it rarely rains, sky is always blue, doesn’t get too cold, but it can get pretty hot during summer times, but there’s a beach just 30 mins from the city by tram, (10 mins drive) and the beach is just lovely, very long and big (that sounded wrong, sorry) and there are bars and restaurants with the endless view of the sea….and without seagulls! I hate them, they attack people, during my years in Brighton, you really have to protect your food if you choose to eat outdoor.
Heres something that I’ve learnt in my first week, Spanish people speak super fast and English might not be so useful sometimes, they eat 5 times a day, lunch at two and dinner at nine, smaller shops are close from two to five due to ‘siesta’, means afternoon nap, people will randomly talk to you with light speed, still struggling with the language not kidding, took me one and a half-year to be able to fake myself as a Japanese, but with Spanish, it is difficult (also the fact that I am asian doesn’t help). It was a real challenge at first, especially the part finding a flat when I didn’t speak ANY Spanish at all, I got lucky with the help from the internet then people, still took me more than a month to find a decent and well-located apartment.
Today, after almost two years of Spanish lessons, I am able to read a book, listen to the morning radio (con Alfredo Menéndez), watch Spanish Netflix with (Spanish) subtitles, pretty proud of myself. I was told not to promote this city cause its such a great place to live, but since there are not too many readers following this blog (yet, heehee), might as well blog it before it gets more popular. Most people know Madrid and Barcelona when they talk about Spain, I love both cities, so big and so much more food choice, downside is there are so many tourists, and a lot of European capitals are so expensive and somehow, with same franchise, chain stores and low quality (made in china) souvenir shops. Even though my city is becoming more and more popular, a lot of the original culture still exist, such as some famous festivals like Fallas (I will blog about it someday).
So yes, I couldn’t think of anywhere else to die in better than here, I love Valencia and I hope I can be here forever, I’ll defiantly cry my eyeballs out if I have to leave, and people, you are welcome to visit this amazing city, I would recommend visiting in March(biggest fest), May or Sep(summer but low season), just…dont think of moving to my city, it’s starting to get a little crowded 😛