15 Things I've Learned About Spain:
1.) Mostly everything closes during "la siesta" except for bars and a few restaurants.
2.) You cannot buy everything you need at the supermarket. If you want a notebook, you have to go to the paper store. If you want a movie, you have to go to the movie store, etc.
3.) The city is extremely clean. You don't see as much litter as you do in the United States, and shop owners are constantly outside sweeping the sidewalks and beautifying their entrances.
4.) Recycling is very popular.
5.) The weather always seems to be perfect in Valencia. However, the locals consider 70-80 degrees to be cold.
6.) Many people have a desire to learn English. In fact, there is even a bar downtown that pays native English speakers in free drinks to converse with the locals on Tuesday nights.
7.) All of the food is so fresh… Especially the fruit. It's also less expensive than in the United States!
8.) I have not seen a single Spaniard who is overweight… It must be because they do not snack and walk mostly everywhere!
9.) However, I cannot say they're healthy, because a ton of them smoke cigarettes.
10.) The flora is much prettier here. There are so many cool flowers and trees, and even in a huge city, there is still so much green.
11.) The Spaniards always look nice when they are out. I have not seen anyone wearing sweatpants.
12.) You always wear shoes or slippers inside of the house. Full carpeting in homes is less common than in the United States.
13.) Valencia gives a whole new meaning to "look both ways before you cross the street." Pedestrians do not have the right of way, everyone speeds, and cars do not stop for you.
14.) Many of the streets and sidewalks are made of stone or marble. You also don't see any potholes in the streets like you do in Michigan!
15.) It is standard to use legal sized paper… So when my professor tells me I have a five page essay to write, it's much longer than my idea of five pages.
Side note: Supposedly the Holy Grail (the authentic cup used in the Last Supper) is located in the Valencia Cathedral. I completely missed that part the first time around, so I plan to investigate this week!!!
I also booked my weekend trip to Portugal today! I'll be going the last weekend of June. I've never felt so grown up.