Sunday was a pretty amazing day. On my way to visit several museums, which generally have free admission on the weekends (why don’t we do more of that?), I happened upon a festival of Spanish dancing–folkdancing, I think, with castanets aplenty. Wonderful! I made it back to the Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda), the 15th Century Gothic structure named as a UNESCO heritage building, and wandered around the halls and gardens. Then I headed to L’Almoina, a museum which allows you to walk over glass to see excavated structures from as far back as the Roman origins of Valencia (138 BC). Finally I made my way to the Museo de Belles Artes, a huge fine arts museum housed in what was once a seminary. This month, the museum is highlighting the works of Joaquin Sorolla, a hometown boy known for his Valencian beach scenes and paintings of the fishermen and farmers of Valencia. The students were either in Lanzarote or hiking to a castle on Sunday, so I plan to encourage them to visit these places.
As I walked around the city, I couldn’t help but notice how many people were out on a Sunday afternoon, walking (more like strolling), playing with their children, talking to friends, having something to drink, or just hanging out (why don’t we do more of that?).