This was a relatively quiet weekend, so I think I’ll take the opportunity to add some photos of my “walk-arounds” and other miscellaneous activities in town. I found and toured the Ceramics Museum, housed in a 16th century palace, and took the metro to the beach to explore. Madrid played Valencia this week, so a bunch of us met at a local watering hole to watch the game with the locals. Several of the students dropped by my apartment with snacks, and I actually played soccer in our weekly game. The students convinced me to buy an 8 euro pair of tennis shoes for the occasion. I muffed a lot of balls, but did get one assist! My secret weapon: no one wants to mow the teacher down!
The unbelievable doorway to the Museo Nacional de Ceramica, sculpted in 1740
Some typical Valencian ceramics and one of the palace rooms...
Watching Madrid vs. Valencia with the local fans
And yes, that IS Sangria.
A nice shot from my balcony of the cathedral this weekend.
On Sundays, there's an open air market with dozens of stalls.
In other areas, like this popular shopping paseo, everything's closed on Sundays
OMG, as the kids say, I had this amazing salmon for lunch (I'm sure I look like a geek taking these food photos)
Some of the students were kind enough to stop by my apartment with treats
I made it out to El Mediterráneo for a walk
Ta da! What's that? Oh yeah, the ball!
Dukin' it out with Miguel
I'm actually running here! Too much fun...