At Home in Valencia: Spring 2016

Claudia Bonilla is a UVA student currently studying abroad through the UVA Exchange: Valencia Program. Below is a sampling of photos from her first month in the city! 
First Day of Classes
First Day of Classes

I took a picture of this cross walk with the statue in order to know where to get off from the bus for future reference.

  
Train Station
Train Station

This train station is called Estación del Norte. It was on my walk to the Ayutamiento (city hall) and I found its structure to be very interesting and beautiful for a train station.

Ayutamiento
Ayutamiento

 This is Valencia’s city hall, where we had the opportunity to go inside and meet the alcade (mayor).
Mercado Central
Mercado Central

During our walking tour, I found this market to be very interesting because it is so diverse. Our tour guide said that one can find practically any type of food from any
country in here.
Xativa
Xativa

Xativa was my first trip out of Valencia as well as my first time seeing a castle.

 

Alcade
Alcade

The UVA Valencia program, for the first time, had the opportunity to meet the alcade of Valencia.

Gelato
 Gelato

This was my first time buying some sort of food in Valencia in the center of the city.

Royal Palace, Madrid

Royal Palace- MadridI went to Madrid not really knowing what to expect but once I saw the royal palace, I was more than overwhelmed by the structure, color, and architecture of such a gorgeous building. This experience made me want to revisit Madrid and explore the city more and see the royal palace again.

Center of Spain, Madrid
 Center of Spain- Madrid

It makes sense how Madrid is the center of Spain considering the diversity and amount of culture it contains.
Toledo
Toledo

While in Madrid, we took a day trip to Toledo. It is a gorgeous small town rich in diversity and culture of different religions. It is also a place that is very proud of its
relationship to Don Quixote.

 

Dessert

Dessert

 My host mom makes these desserts called, latía, which are similar to pudding. No matter how full I am from dinner, I can never turn down a latía.

More Dessert
More Dessert

 I went to this amazing café the other day called Le Petit Brioche. They had this chocolate cake with orange fruit filling that was absolutely delicious.

Friends 
Friends

I choose to upload this picture because I am very excited for what’s to come and the
people I will meet this semester. 
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