Spaniards are lauded for eating somewhat healthily, thanks to the Mediterranean diet. I agree with this for the most part, as I have been eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, olive oil and rice. But there is one meal that puts the Mediterranean diet to shame — bocadillo de tortilla de patatas. This dish is literally carbs piled on carbs. Start with a baguette, layer it with tortilla de patatas (potato omelet), and voila! There you have it – un bocadillo de tortilla de patatas.
It’s a good thing I am exercising a lot to work off the carbs, which leads me to part two of this blog post: check out my ride.
Valencia has a fantastic bike system called Valenbisi. You can buy a week-long pass for 10 Euros, or a year pass for 24 Euros. Once you buy this pass, you have the ability to “check out” a bike from one of the hundreds of bike stations in Valencia. The first 30 minutes of riding are free, with a small charge for going over the time limit. If 30 minutes is not substantial time to get from point A to point B, however, you can always stop at a Valenbisi station and refresh your time at the kiosk.
Although biking around the city is convenient in many ways, there are some Valenbisi flaws. A personal problem I have with the bikes are my clothing choices. I love wearing dresses, and it isn’t exactly appropriate to be racing down the bike path with a skirt flailing in the wind. A more widespread Valenbisi flaw is that it isn’t always reliable. Each station only has about 20 slots and bikes, and there is no guarantee that a bike or slot will be available. For example, today, we rode bikes to the beach. As many Spaniards are on vacation in July and August, the beach is always a busy place. When we arrived at the Valenbisi station, there were no available bike slots, which forced us to sit and wait until someone checked out a bike.
Despite the Bisi’s flaws, biking around Valencia is not only fun, but allows me to work off the carbs on carbs on carbs that I have been consuming. Cheers to toned legs!