Bienvenido, los lectores de El Mundo! Espero que disfruten de este sitio! Si usted tiene alguna pregunta para mí, por favor deje un comentario.
I was interviewed by El Mundo yesterday, one of the largest newspapers in Spain. You can read the article (in Spanish) here. Read an online translation of the article in English. It was fun and a great honor to be featured in one of the largest Spanish media outlets.
I’ve arrived in Valencia after 24 hours of airports and airplanes and have been keept exceptionally busy since.
I’ve been taking photos, exploring the city, eating fantastic food and met some great people. I’ll be writing in more detail as soon as I can find some free time to go through my photos and write a longer piece.
Some of the highlights:
The Valencia Cathedral has the supposed Holy Grail. (thanks to Spud Hilton for the tip)
I’ve had paella for lunch both days I’ve been here. Its a rice dish which is the signature dish of Valencia.
I got a tour of the Palau de les Arts, which I honestly believe is the most impressive building on Earth. I’m not exaggerating when I say that.
My tickets have finally been booked, the ash cloud is favorable, and it appears I’ll be in Spain in about 24 hours.
I’ve spent almost three months in Bangkok which is more time than I’ve spent in any other city since I’ve started my travels. While I have been here I didn’t visit a single temple or tourist attraction. I did something totally different from what I’ve been doing the last three years: living as an expat.
Normally, because I travel alone, I meet people but never develop any sort of friendships. Usually I don’t even get last names. In Bangkok I was able to meet a large group of people and was actually able to experience something resembling a social life. Almost every night I could find something to do with a group of people somewhere in Bangkok. I probably drank more in the last three months than I did in the last three years combined.
I was supposed to be leaving for Spain today, but fate finds me still in Thailand. The huge ash cloud hovering over Europe has caused enough chaos in the air traffic system that I’m not exactly sure when I’ll be leaving. My hope is that I will be leaving within a day or two, but I have no idea.
Technically, Spain hasn’t really been effected by the ash cloud. It hasn’t extended beyond the French Pyrenees so far. However, my original flight was supposed to be on Air France with a connecting flight through Paris. Moreover, planes which might have flown a route to Bangkok might have been stranded in Germany, so things gets screwed up all over the world.
On Tuesday I put my iPhone and wallet on the desk in my room and walked outside without them. I felt naked without them, but I didn’t feel it would be a good idea to carry them around that day. It was the first day of Songkran.
No sooner than I got 20m down the street from the entrance to my hotel a woman who was a total stranger grabbed the collar of my shirt, pulled it forward, dumped a bucket of water down my chest and smiled “Happy New Year”. Her friend slapped my cheeks a muddy goop from a dish made up of water and talcum powder. 60 seconds after hitting the street I was drenched head to toe and had a face full of wet talc.