As any good Everett trip begins, this trip was inspired by a Rick Steves show we watched about a year and a half ago, the one where Rick visits Gibraltar (a British Territory in the south of Spain) and then takes the ferry to Tangier (Morocco). Excuse my general ignorance here, but at the time I was thinking...Morocco? Africa? So close to Spain? I've never been one to dream of going to Africa, but what I was seeing of Morocco intrigued me. This wasn't savannas and villages and giraffes (Ignorance, I know! You were warned). It looked more Middle Eastern in style, and all of a sudden, it was on my list. While we lived in Spain, I had to visit Morocco.
For the last leg of our train trip (see our first stop in Zaragoza here and the middle - and longest bit - in Barcelona here) we made a day and a half long stop in Valencia, Spain's third largest city. Now, I have to say that I wasn't all that sure what to expect for our time in Valencia. A few (Spaniards) had given me dismal reviews of the city ("It's like the Jersey Shore of Spain - I hate it!") but foreigners we knew who had visited seemed to really like it. Nevertheless, I tried to keep an open mind because I have a thing for places along the sea and I was also particularly stoked to visit the City of Arts & Sciences. So, without further ado...another riveting blow by blow of how we spent our time in yet another pretty European city!
Well we're inching along to five years of marriage at this point, seeing how it's mid-February right now, but on January 3rd we celebrated the 4th anniversary of our marriage! We were in Colorado for two weeks over Christmas and New Year's (see all about it here) and so we didn't go away for the night or anything this year, but we did have some rather nice celebrations.
After not having visited Barcelona (while living in Spain) long enough for it to get embarrassing, we finally made it there! It was getting to the point where at least two people said something to me along the lines of, "You know, Barcelona is somewhere you really should visit...it's kind of a big deal to Spain...and the world...it would be a shame to miss out seeing how close you are in Madrid...etc etc," and other people just raised their eyebrows and thought it when we told them how long we'd been here AND hadn't made it to B-Town. So, like I mentioned in our Zaragoza post (see it here!), we snagged some fancy Black Friday train deals and made our way to Madrid's more-visited, more-laidback stepsister, Barcelona.