We have finally landed in Valencia, Spain… my home base for the next 4 months!
I have to say, after seeing other regions of Spain, I am very content with my decision to study in Valencia. I loved every single place that we visited, but Valencia just fits what I was looking for. More on that later!

For today, I wanted to share a special day that we had on Sunday in Torrent, a town about 15 minutes outside of the Valencia city center.

Before leaving for Spain, I found out that a fellow Quincyite lives close to Valencia! Imagine my excitement… somebody that I could talk to (in english!), about all things Valencia, and who knows where I am coming from… literally! After living in Valencia for 19 years, she is somewhat of an expert on the area. Yvonne Goodwin and her family were generous enough to offer us an authentic Valencian paella lunch in the park! Her husband Juan makes paella for the family every single Sunday. We were so honored to be invited to enjoy this delicious tradition with them.

Paella ingredients… all ready to go!
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Juan and Patrick preparing the meat- chicken and rabbit.
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Cutie pie Jaiden!
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Simmer stage.
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They had their drinking hats on!
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Adding the rice.
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Finished product. Yes, it tasted as good as it looks!
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Thank you Yvonne, Juan, & family for such an unforgettable day!