The area where I live, Benimaclet, is a town that has been absorbed by the larger city of Valencia. Originally just outside of the capital city gates, this area had, and has, a life all its own. The university presence here means loads of college-aged kids, but also brings some excellent transportation to the area. However, older families and younger children are easy to spot in Benimaclet. Periodically, there is a street market in the traditional town center, and I was able to spend an hour going through the stalls.

I only made one purchase: a pair of slippers. The stone-tile floors here are pretty chilly, and I needed a cheap alternative to running around in shoes all the time to avoid cold feet. Finding them in my size was a significant challenge, as large feet are not a characteristic of most Spanish men. I now know that I wear a size 46 in European shoes. Or at least in slippers.

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Ahhhh, if you only could imaging watching several women try these on in the street… as someone who saw this spectacle in real life, I think I am a little frightened of older Spanish women.