URBAN FEEL IN VALENCIA
Arrival in Valencia brings with it a few surprises, even though the general urban feel is excellent. First impressions of the locals may cause newcomers to doubt their friendliness. That misguided opinion is rectified rapidly. The city’s residents are extremely welcoming to foreigners.
It is less likely for locals in Valencia to look you straight in the eye on the streets. A certain indifference seems to exist, which stems from the fact that folks here are relatively private people. They tend to keep themselves to themselves when it comes to strangers. Many are far too timid or unpracticed to communicate in English. Times are changing though, with younger generations more verbal.
Expats can be astonished at the contrast of provinciality and international feel of the place.
This aspect is very prevalent since Valencia is often relatively unknown before a planned relocation. Another characteristic is its size. To be surrounded by so many languages in such a compact city is unusual. Many are tourists.
The city offers numerous celebrations throughout the year and the quality of food is legendary. Indeed, lovers of home cooking can wonder at the extent of fresh fruit and vegetables available in every season. The gastronomic scene also presents an enormous variety of delightful places to eat.
Orientation can be highly confusing at first. Narrow streets twist and turn at every opportunity in the old town of Carmen. These blend magnificently with expansive avenues. Some roads around the city are pedestrianised while other only appear so. Caution is often required. Architecture is extremely diverse.
Most new arrivals need about a month to acquire a sense of direction.
By Vincent Green, Jun 11 2018