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We Shall Never Forget Thee, David Villa!

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Hmph, try not to look too happy, bub

Death. Taxes. The departure of David Villa. There are just a few things in life that are unavoidable, and the dreaded day has finally arrived in Valencia. An era is over. But everyone knew it was coming, so it’s better just to remember the good times. The world’s best striker no longer plays for Valencia, but for the world’s best team. There’s something fitting about it. Sigh.

My buddy’s girlfriend just left him for another guy. It’s rough. But the other guy is really cool, successful and good looking. Totally the right move, from her perspective. And as much as I want to comfort my pal, she was too good for him. It was just a matter of time.

So, Mr. Villa, we won’t be angry. At least it’s Barcelona and not Real Madrid! At least you’re staying in Spain, and not being shipped off to the Premier League! Best of luck in the future, hope you’re happy and win all sorts of championships, and blah blah blah.

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May 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm Comments (0)

Bike Trip from Utiel to Venta del Moro

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Through pine forests, almond trees and fields of grape vines, and alongside an old railway track, we recently took a long bike trip from Utiel to Venta del Moro, and back again. Gorgeous scenery greeted us along every step of this route.

During the tiring 5 hour trip, we often felt like we were completely alone in the world. The area south of Utiel is cultivated, but sparsely populated. With a landscape dotted by out-of-use, decrepit structures pertaining to the old railway, and not a human to be found, the sensation was unsettling — like visiting from the distant future.

Check out these pictures… Valencia has a whole lot more to offer than just beaches and architecture.


If you’ve got a bike, you should be collecting Levante’s series: “Cycling Routes of the Valencian Community”. They come free with the newspaper every Saturday & Sunday, and are incredibly detailed, accurate guides to some of the most stunning scenery in the region.

– Our Albufera Bike Tour

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May 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm Comments (0)

DTM Racing in Valencia

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We just arrived home from a week in Germany, spent visiting friends and family. My head is swimming with all things sauerkraut, sausage and hefeweizen, so I was amused to see that Valencia is hosting an event for DTM, the German touring car championship, this weekend. I thought I had escaped die Deutschen, but no luck — Valencia will be swimming with them this weekend.

Taking place at Cheste’s Ricardo Tormo circuit, the race is a warm-up for next month’s Formula 1 event. Ralf Schumacher (aka, the “other” Schumacher) is among the 18 drivers who’ll be present and zipping the touring cars at speeds of over 300km/h around the track.

Tickets start at just €5, so if you like racing but can’t stomach shelling out hundreds of Euros for the Formula 1, this might be just the thing for you. The event’s ten races take place on the 21st – 23rd of May.

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May 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm Comment (1)

Restaurante Al-Balansíya

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Although it’s difficult to find, Restaurante Al-Balansíya rewards the intrepid with possibly the best Arabic food in Valencia, at very reasonable prices. We enjoyed the menú desgustación “Sherezade” for €20/person on a Saturday afternoon. Let’s see… what all did we get… [gathers deep breath]


An incredible salad and breads, hummus, baba ganoush, olives, a cinnamon fideo dish, cous-cous, chicken tayin with almonds, a strange lemon drink, two bottles of non-alcoholic wine (this being an Arabic restaurant, there is no alcohol on the menu), a plate of sweet and sticky desserts, and tea to wash it all down.

I was full midway through the meal! But everything was so delicious, I had to continue chowing down.

The decor and ambiance of Al Balansíya rivals the food as the restaurant’s best quality. Arabic tiles and a little fountain greet diners, and you can grab some fennel or black tea to munch on your way out. The staff is friendly, and stays out of the way, except for when piling even more food upon the table.

By the way, did you notice what the name sounds like when pronounced out loud? Balansíya was the Arabic name for Valencia, and this restaurant honors that heritage. We had a great time here, and wholly recommend it to anyone searching for good Arabic food. Don’t forget to make reservations, though! This place is popular.

Restaurante Al-Balansíya
Paseo de las Facultades, 3
46021 Valencia, Spain
96 389 08 24
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May 10, 2010 at 10:39 am Comments (2)

Virgin De Los Desamparados: Mascletà

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Today’s mascletà in honor of the Virgin was a small, proficient display at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. There was no cage, which provided us with a great view of the explosions. Though it wasn’t exactly on the scale of the Fallas mascletàs, there wasn’t much of a crowd, so we got a great view and a really fun video. Enjoy!

If you are normally not a big fan of the 5 minute long Mascletà videos I urge you to watch the short (best part) version of today’s Mascletà:

And here the full length:

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