Following the orientation, we went on a walking tour of Valencia's Old Town, which is the city's historical downtown area. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. We saw the Plaza de la Virgen, the Cathedral and the Basilica (just from the outside), the Central Market (ALL fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, nuts, etc.), and countless other intricate buildings. From my apartment, the downtown area of Valencia is located on the opposite side of El Rio. "El Rio" means "river," but it is unique in the sense that it has not had water for hundreds of years. El Rio is basically a huge garden that cuts right through the middle of Valencia. It's a very lush area with walking/biking trails, playgrounds, soccer fields, exercise equipment, and more. Many people go there to picnic, nap, exercise, etc. After the tour, the tour guides decided to leave us in the middle of the city, and it was up to us to find our own way home. It was difficult, considering we all live in different places throughout Valencia. We ended up taking the bus (in the wrong direction) and got lost for about an hour. However, I don't even mind getting lost here because there is SO much to see. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, yet everything is so beautiful. Most major cities in the United States have one really nice area, and the rest tends to be rundown. Here, when you look down an alley, you don't see dumpsters, broken windows, and homeless people. You see apartments painted with vibrant colors, balconies decorated with blooming flowers, and sidewalks and roads made of tile and stone. Every corner you turn there is something you want to take a picture of!