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Oh vibrant city of Valencia, I love thee!

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure in Spain included Valencian fireworks capable of blowing out your eardrums, along with a Valencian Paella that would blow my mind!  

On my way to Xeraco, I had my very first ever-so-exciting pit stop in a town that instantly became my newest favorite in Spain.  That lovely place being none other than vibrant, Valencia!  And what a place it was!  

I'm certain my first experience here was heightened by the personal greeting I received straight off the train from two extremely friendly American faces (and fantastic tour guides named Amalia and Eric from the travel blog called Move to Traveling).  From here I would be guided by my newest American friends to exit the train station only to enjoy instantaneous fireworks timed so perfectly that my arrival here felt like a second personal welcoming from the city of Valencia itself.  The booming sound sensation of Valencian style fireworks is like no other.  Wow!   This firework show is nothing like the kind we are accustomed to at home in the states.  They put the "boom" in booming sensation here in Valencia, Spain, that is pho sho

Valencia is all about pushing the noise barometer when it comes to celebrating with fireworks.  The louder, the better, in this culture!   Valencians do not seem remotely concerned with the light show in the sky that we make all the fuss about in the U.S.A.   It's all about the snap, crackle and pops up in this hood and at decibels pushing the very limits of the human ear's relationship with the sound barrier.   

So, why the fireworks on this day?  As heartwarming as it would have been to say there were all for me, there was a grander plan happening here in Valencia.  This great city of Spain was about to kick off one of the most celebrated events of the year in the Valencia region, and that would be an event called Las Fallas.   Las Fallas wouldn't be coming for a couple more weeks, but the sound barrier didn't get the memo on this day.  Ha-ha.  Valencia had the sound turned up, and the party kicking off every single day begining in early March at 2 pm in Plaza Ayuntamiento straight through until the 19th of March.   Las Fallas is by far one of the unique festivals in Spain.  Naturally, I would have to come back a couple of weeks later to see them for myself and boy do I have tons of great pics to share when I did (here are a couple of sneak peaks).    

In the meantime, I already loved this introduction to Valencia.  The fabulous fireworks followed by a Paella that won my heart as the top ranking in Spain.  The Valencian version is rice with Rabbit and Chicken.  There are many local versions of Paella around the different Spanish regions.  However, this one, in particular, is worth a try if you find yourself taking a trip to the Valencia area of Spain in a distant future.  Wowzer, it was delish and still has a special place in my dreamiest of Paella dreams!  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent


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