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Birds leaving Valencia

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Right before sunset you can witness huge amounts of birds gathering over the city’s rooftops before they start their journey to a warmer place. Comparing the weather, though, between here and Germany I don’t understand where the birds want to fly to. Winter in Valencia is just perfect.

It kind of reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds!

Here are a couple of images I took of the bizarre and noisy sight:

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November 24, 2008 at 10:25 am Comments (0)

Cavalia – A Musical Horse Spectacular!

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Next week, a special performance is being held down at the Valencia Harbor. Get ready to thrill to Cavalia: an acrobatic equestrian odyssey. That’s right: it’s an acrobatic equestrian odyssey.

Why can’t I stop laughing when I say that? Cavalia: a cross between Cirque du Soleil and the rodeo. Just what you’ve been waiting for!

I’m sorry, I’ll try to take it more seriously:


Prance, you majestic steed!

Bwah! Cavalia, you thwart all attempts at constraint!

Honestly though, it looks like it might be pretty cool. Cavalia, which originated in Canada, has actually garnered rave reviews during its 5 year tour of the world. And starting on the 25th, it will be in Valencia for six shows, on the esplanade of the Veles e Vents building at the harbor.


Magical. Nay: Divine.

Tickets start at €30, and run up to €160 for those horse-dance maniacs hoping to get showered in spittle. The shows are are at 9pm on Tuesday through Saturday, with afternoon performances at 4pm on Saturday and 3:30pm on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at cavalia.es

By the way, the official name of the show is Cavalia: A Dream of Liberty. And no, I’m not shitting you. It’s the greatest thing ever.


November 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm Comments (3)

Another Day, Another Student Protest

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If the students of Valencia spent as much time in the classroom as they do in the streets, they might have cured cancer or put a pony on the moon by now. Today, I went out for groceries and happened upon yet another gigantic protest, this time in opposition to the Bologna Declaration.

Education is a Right, Not a Market

The Bologna process is, from what I gather, an attempt by the European Union to bring all of the higher education systems of its member states into greater alignment. Its meant to facilitate international student transfers, by normalizing length and content of study. For example, after the Bologna Declaration goes into effect (scheduled 2010), all bachelor degrees will consist of a 3-year coursework. The full text of the Declaration can be found here.

So far, pretty uncontroversial. But, the Bologna process also seems to call for the privatization of higher learning — by allowing companies to fund certain degrees. This appeared to be the aspect most under fire by today’s protesting students. There are academic concerns as well; the educational system that Bologna process most resembles is that of the UK. Complete restructuring of a system of learning that dates back to the Middle Ages is bound to cause some headaches. Wikipedia has a useful summary of the process, including details of its implementation across the EU.

I’ve never been to a Spanish school or University, so I’d appreciate any comments as to why the Bologna process is so unpopular here. Will it make higher education more expensive, more beholden to corporate interests, or both? Also, do the protesting students have any hope of succeeding in their goal of stopping it? Spain is already a signatory to the declaration, and since the changes take effect soon, it seems unlikely that the country will change its mind.

Update: Looks like the same protests were not as peaceful in Barcelona! I didn’t watch the parade here for too long, but things definitely didn’t seem out-of-control.

November 20, 2008 at 6:25 pm Comments (2)

Photo Essay: Half Marathon Valencia

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As announced in an earlier post, the 18th half marathon was held here in Valencia. Set on a sunny day with mild temperatures and no wind, it was a perfect day for running.

Of course, I had to take advantage of the photo opportunity.

I do go jogging 3-4 days a week in the Turia river bed and after the race I was wondering if I am in good enough condition to do a half marathon. Probably not.

Enjoy the photos:

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November 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm Comments (0)

Half-Marathon in Valencia

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This Sunday, be careful during your morning stroll in the Turia riverbed, or you might get knocked over by skinny, scantily-clad joggers participating in the 18th annual half marathon of Valencia.

The marathon starts from and finishes at Tinglado No. 4 (location) — which observant sports fans might remember as the starting point of the Formula 1 race. The track runs along the F1 road through El Grao, before splitting off at the Turia riverbed. It’s a little over 21 kilometers, all said.

There’s just under €10,000 in prize money available for the victors. If you’d like to watch the event, make sure to wake up early — the race starts promptly at 9am.


November 14, 2008 at 7:15 pm Comment (1)

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