Karen Cheng is a student at University of Pittsburgh and an ISA Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Valencia, Spain.
Step 1: walk or bike everywhere
Valencia’s flat geography allows biking to be a way of life here. Bike lanes line every street and valenbisi stations dot every other corner. If biking isn’t really your cup of tea, walking is as good a mode of transportation as any – and you don’t miss any of the beautiful details of the city. There is so much to explore!
Step 2: drink coffee like it’s hot and very cheap – because it is.
Cafés abound in Valencia and somehow each café is bursting with charm and coffee that is nearly always less than 2 euros. Peek into a café at any moment and you’ll find friends, couples, families chatting leisurely over their café con leche.
Step 3: run in the río turia
The río turia is what once was a riverbed but has been converted into a park that stretches across the city. Every day between the hours of 7-9 pm, you’ll see hordes of people running or burning off all the ham and cheese that is consumed, all day every day.
Step 4: eat all the oranges except the ones in the streets
Valencia is famous for its oranges, and they’re truly as delicious as everyone says they are. However, the orange trees that line all the streets, parks, and plazas are purely decorative – the oranges from those are actually bitter. You’ve been warned.
Step 5: relax
“No pasa nada” is the mantra here. It means no worries, don’t worry about it, hakuna matata. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the life you’ve been given. As soon as you’re able to do that, you have successfully become valenciana.