After the train we wandered around Madrid's botanical garden and then had dinner with our friend Jenna who we met at the begining of our stay in Madrid. This morning we were up early to say goodbye to the first city in our European adventure. It was such a beautiful city with nice people and a lot to see and hopefully I will go back someday. The trip went smoothly right down to the train itself, which you could barely feel move. It was a high speed train so it only took about an hour and a half to get to Valencia.
We decided to stay in some aribnb.com accomodations to take a break from hostel life. We are renting a room in a man's apartment, which sounds sketchy but he had great reviews so we went for it. He met us at the station, gave us maps and a "welcome pack" which includes snacks, and seems very nice. The room is big and its nice to be able to put our stuff in drawers and not have to climb a ladder to get to the bed. As nice as the space is I will miss the hostel. There were always people there to talk to and the free tour and other events made it easy to get to know the city. Still, we walked around a bit after our host went back to work and the city seems really nice and, thankfully, cooler (in the tempurature sense) than Madrid. Turns out the apartment we are in is in China Town (or Japan Town, can't be sure).
I'm sure there will be more for me to say about Valencia tomorrow when we are planning to go to the beach or walk to the historical city center or the art academy. Until then here are some pictures from the apartment!
|The washing machine on the balcony. I am weirdly excited to line dry oir clothes on the lines that hang off the side of the balcony!|
|Michelle on the bed in our room.|