I believe that there is an art to being a serial tourist, a little different than my personal heroes Jürgen and Mike at For91Days or Colin Wright. Instead, the serial tourist has decided that there are reasons for staying at home and reasons for traveling abroad to see the world, one global thimble at a time. I’m not that fine of an artist, I am afraid.
For some crazy reason, I want to jump in the deep end: Make new friends the hard way; Learn a new language from the inside out; Figure out all of the difficulties around jobs, apartments, utilities, and phone services; Get a grip on the food that I like to eat; Rearrange my life to fit a new schedule; establish new routes of communication with people “back home.” It was a weird decision to make, but I strongly believe that I need to force myself into a catastrophic change to move forward in my life.
Regardless of how long I end up being in Valencia, I am going to have to be a tourist first. That means taking time to get to know the city, which means that getting lost is going to be my way of life for a while. First stop, the City of Arts and Sciences again, which deserves a few trips to really appreciate. You really don’t comprehend the size of these structures until you look at the pictures with the people up against the building.
From there, I went to Mercado Central, which is an amazing market!
Yeah, those are cars on a bridge. And those cables support the entire structure.
And the market…
These pics below were supposed to be a panoramic view, but I haven’t knitted together yet. The pictures don’t show the massive amount of activity going on around me.