My Turbulent Flight Home & Our Aborted Landing

When our last full day together had finally arrived, my number one priority became spending every waking moment with Jorge and Jorge alone. We already did all of the sightseeing I possibly could have hoped for and traveling around with …

The Wondrous Taste of Tigernut Horchata and Fartons

One sweet and delicious drink Jorge introduced me to while in Spain was horchata: a beverage made up of either ground tigernuts, almonds, sesame seeds, barley, or rice. Although the exact etymology of its name is unknown, the word horchata is derived from “orxata” which in Valencian is related to …

Climbing 207 Steps To the Top of El Miguelete

The Torre del Miguelete is one of the most iconic monuments in all of Valencia. El Miguelete stands directly beside the grand Valencia Cathedral right at the heart of the city’s historic center. Its construction dates back to between the 14th and 15th …

Can You Eat the Sidewalk Oranges Growing in Valencia?

The short answer is yes. But you probably won’t want to and here’s why. The Spanish orange industry is nothing short of sensational. The value of their annual exports routinely approaches a billion euros and orange production in Spain has quality, variety, and an expanding organic market …

Guess Whose Roscón Had the King Inside!!!

Discovering that the Three Kings (also called the Three Wise Men) are even more popular than Santa Clause in Spain was perhaps one of the most shocking things I learned during my visit. Seeing how differently the holiday is celebrated was really …