Week 8

This working holiday was one of the best choices we’ve made! We made new friends, learned about a culture completely different than ours, and visited some of the most beautiful hidden corners of Spain. We are very grateful, and we hope you will have a chance to do the same. 

 Here are the 10 differences we’ve noticed compared to home : 

 The Siesta

The Siesta, in my opinion, should be practiced everywhere in the world! A nice nap in the middle of the day gives you a boost of energy and puts you in a good mood. In Valencia, this Siesta occurs from 3 pm to 5 pm. Some shops even close at that time!

Food              

The food here is great, they mostly eat traditional foods like paella (rice), bocadillos, tomatoes, chips, peppers (marinated with vinegar),  meat (mostly smoked),  a lot of cheese, and fruits for dessert.

The food here is grown locally all year so it is very affordable. For example, you can buy 3 melons for 5 euros, and in Canada you get one melon for 5 $. Alcohol is very cheap as well.

Time differences

Lunch at 2 pm

Siesta from 3 pm to 5 pm

Supper between 7pm and 10pm

The weather 

During summer it gets really hot and humid. Make sure you have a beach or a pool nearby ! It doesn’t rain very often, and if it does, it will last for a couple of minutes. Little tip : don’t pack any pants, you won’t wear them.

The partying 

People here litterally party all night! The clubs stay open until morning. 

Sports              

The most popular sport is ‘’football’’ (soccer). There is the bull run and bull fighting, but we did not attend.

 bull-running

Alcohol              

Gin tonic and Sangria are very popular. For every birthday, they open a bottle of champagne…we’ve been to 4 birthdays that summer.

Language             

We thought that everybody would speak spanish and most people would know english. To our surprise, because of our lack of research, they have different languages like Valenciano and Catalunia. Only a few speak english and some French.

Scenery              

Before traveling here, we didn’t know much about Spain, except for the bull runs and the tomato tossing. Spain is so much more historic and beautiful. There is spectacular views of mountain scenery and the beaches are gorgeous.

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Insects              

There are not much insects compared to where we come from. There are no mosquitos! You are sitting outside during the evening, and you are not getting eaten alive! 

 

This is our experience in Valencia, so it might not be the same if you are in a different region of Spain. For example, in the northern region they get snow. In the southern region it gets really really hot!

 

We thank the Canet family for being there for us every step of our amazing working holiday.

You will forever be in our hearts!

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3 thoughts on “Week 8

  1. Mam, Dad & little sister says:

    What a pleasant experience for you and for those whom have shared their family, their culture, way of lives and their home and friends with you. no need to say, you will be forever in their hearts as well, departure time will be a heart breaking moment for both you and them. anywhere you go, family is a very strong part of who you are.
    It will be wonderful to see you both come home.
    love you, take good care.

  2. Vanessa and Mark says:

    We didn’t have the chance to say Good bye. You are a very nice couple and sweet. We hope to see you again some time in the future. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Good Luck!

  3. Francois says:

    Oh wow, quel beau voyage !!!

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