Being away from the United States for so long has greatly deepened my appreciation for our country. While I absolutely love Spain, there are many things I miss about home and have realized I take for granted. I was pretty homesick seeing everyone's pictures of their Michigan summers on the lake, barbecues with their families, and fireworks. However, the day still turned out to be fun! Unfortunately this was one of the Fridays we had classes, but after class, I went to Portland Ale House, an American restaurant/bar owned by a man originally from Oregon. I had a true American bacon cheeseburger to celebrate the day. After that, my friend and I explored Barrio del Carmen with friends we met from Ohio and Australia. Barrio (neighborhood) del Carmen is a small district near the old quarter of Valencia. It is known for its little restaurants, bars, shops, and live music. It is not extremely touristy, and is where a lot of locals go to hang out at night. I definitely prefer it over the discotecas!
On Saturday, I walked to the beach for the first time (which took about an hour), and got to see parts of Valencia I've never seen before. The sea breeze was nice while it lasted, but it got up to 95 degrees, so I didn't last too long laying out! This whole weekend was brutally hot, but I was happy to have one more weekend in Valencia. Plus, it forced me to stay inside on Sunday and catch up on all of my school work.
I cannot believe I only have one more weekend left to explore Spain! I am soaking it all in and making the most of what little time I have left here. More updates to come!
P.S. I came across this article the other day… "35 Things You Appreciate About America After Living in Europe." Pretty accurate! :)