January 19, 2009
My first real impressions of Spain began not in the airport in Madrid, but in the plane just before we landed in Valencia. The plane took us first over the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia’s Harbor, the City of Arts and Sciences, and then along the rest of the city until we landed at the airport. I couldn’t believe how beautiful and exciting the city looked, so completely different from anywhere I’ve lived before. Just thinking how close I was to the Mediterranean made me so eager to get out into the city and explore. After we got our luggage we met up with Amy, our Resident Assistant Director, and alumni of Nazareth College. She gave us temporary cell phones and information packets, and then put us in taxis headed to the address we would be staying with. I was to be staying in “Modern Valencia” right across from “La Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias/ The City of the Arts and Sciences”. On the way there I could not believe how beautiful and different everything was. One major difference I couldn’t help but notice was that everyone lives in an apartment building, almost everyone has a balcony, and the driving here is like it is in NYC. Go when you can, not necessarily when the light says so. I was lucky enough to be placed with a very friendly woman on the 15th floor of our apartment building and am convinced I have the best view in the city.