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Valencia CF: Off to a Great Start

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Last night, Valencia CF kicked off the season in grand fashion, with a satisfying 2-0 victory over Sevilla. Both “Los Che” and Sevilla are looking for the title of “Best Team that Isn’t Real Madrid or Barcelona”. Up-and-comers Juan Mata and Pablo hit the goals for the good guys.

Juan Mata & Pablo Hernández ©REUTERS/Heino Kalis, via Levante

Nice to have some good news! Valencia’s financial woes haven’t let up, and it’s questionable whether the Nou Mestalla will be ready on time. Extremely questionable. The club shocked pretty much everyone during transfer season by refusing to let go of its biggest stars — a gamble that will pay off only if they finish towards the top of the table.

If you haven’t been to the Mestalla yet, don’t delay. It’s one of Europe’s classic venues, with a steep grade facing the city and an incredible atmosphere. The Nou Mestalla will (should!) be done in August 2010.

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August 31, 2009 at 2:34 pm Comments (0)

Valencia T-Shirts, Merchandise and Souvenirs

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When it comes to T-Shirts with a Valencian theme, there aren’t really too many options available in souvenir shops, especially if you’re interested in unique designs. “I Heart Valencia” is about the entirety of the selection. So, we thought we’d try our luck (even though we’re not the world’s most talented graphic designers)

Our first foray into the world of T-shirt creation is this La Lonja T-shirt. We’re pleased — it actually looks wearable and has gotten us motivated.

So, we’ve started an online shop here: Valencia Souvenirs and Shirts. Every T-shirt on there can be modified to your liking. You can add text, and change shirt style or color.

Over the next couple of days we will be adding more designs. Don’t forget we’re brand new to this, so please give us feedback by leaving a comment or by rating the shirts. This will help us with future designs.

Do you think it’s a cool idea and want to help us to promote our fledgling shop? Here are couple of tools to help us to get the name out.

We look forward to hearing to your feedback.

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August 28, 2009 at 3:52 pm Comments (2)

Ruzafa Market Photos

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Another photo set from our walk through Ruzafa. Today we’ll take you to the Ruzafa Market:


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August 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm Comment (1)

Today: The Tomatina

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If you’re just hearing about it now, it’s already too late. The Tomatina is just one part of the yearly summer festival in Buñol, but it’s become one of the most famous party traditions in Spain. Tens of thousands of people convene to throw tomatoes. It’s become a must among the “Experience Life in the Most Ridiculous Ways” crowd, and the images it produces are always stunning.

Not really our sort of thing, but there’s no denying that a good time is had by the revelers. Do a Google Image search on Tomatina to see what we mean. Absolute insanity!

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Me, I’ll take my tomatoes chopped up in a salad or pureed into ketchup, instead of thrown at my face by an outrageously drunk Spaniard.

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August 26, 2009 at 1:19 pm Comment (1)

Grand Prix of Europe F1 Wrap-Up and Reactions

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I don’t get the F1. Why people enjoy it (or motor sports in general, for that matter) is a mystery which evades my comprehension. But, people do enjoy it. A lot of people! On Sunday afternoon, I turned on the tube for Valencia’s European Grand Prix — the second car race I’ve ever watched from start to finish. And it’s going to be the last. My lord, what utter boredom.

Formula 1 Valencia 2010

But enough whining. What did the press and racing fans think of the GP? Last year’s inaugural edition was a disaster, earning scorn and criticism the world over. Sunday’s competition was definitely an improvement, but still lacked the drama provided by the very best tracks. Veteran Brazilian Rubens Barrichello won the race for Brawn and moved himself up to 2nd the standings, behind teammate Jenson Buttons. The Mirror has an insightful list of 10 things they learned from the race.

A lot has been made of the future of F1 in Valencia. The loss of the America’s Cup has the city nervous, and when one considers the financial crisis, the lowered ticket sales, and the track’s poor 2008 reception, we’ve heard some mumbling that the city’s second race might be its last. But has a good article about the future of the F1 in Valencia, which might allay some of those fears.

Racing fans, what did you think of the race? Does the F1 have a future in the city? Should it? I know a lot of people wouldn’t mind seeing the money that Valencia is spending on elite sporting events being put to other causes.

In case you missed the race you can watch the full race here thanks to Axis of Over Steer:

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August 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm Comment (1)

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