A city full of confetti

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Last week I went to Bétera with my ex-work colleagues. Bétera is a smaller town close to Valencia. We went there because we knew there would be a festival right now. We had no idea what kind of festival or why they celebrate it but to our surprise we found part of the town covered in confetti. It was holiday (August 15th) and most of the shops and restaurants were closed but because of this festival there was a street full of bars and restaurants, food stands and attractions.

We went for a walk around the town and that`s how we discovered the confetti covered town center. It was really crazy seeing that much confetti on the street. You could not even see the street anymore because it was fully covered. We took many pictures and videos throwing confetti into the air. Apparently they do this every year and it lasts for around 10 days. On the last days they walk around throwing fireworks at night. Some people have their house, especially doors and windows, covered with wood for this reason (to protect their walls I guess).

So here are some pictures, it was a lot of fun:

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My 25th birthday

I never had a birthday party. My mom never did this kinds of things when we were kids so maybe that’s why I don’t do it now either. Also, since my birthday is in the middle of summer – on the 31st of July – many people are on vacation and out of town.

This year I celebrated my birthday with my boyfriend. Just him and I, on Gran Canaria. It was a great day and one of the best birthdays ever – maybe even the best one! (I don’t remember much of the others right now haha)

In the morning we went to have breakfast outside because he knows that breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I love eating a lot in the morning! My favourites are: fruits, croissant, oatmeal, musli, bread with jam and butter mhmmmmm just thinking of it makes me hungry already.

During the day we did some sightseeing etc. The best part was the evening! We went to have dinner at a really nice restaurant next to the ocean. We ordered a huge fish plate with different kinds of fish and it was super delicious. The waiter – a brasilian guy – was so nice to us. He made us feel very welcome there. After the fish plate the waiters turned off the light of the whole restaurant and brought a slice of cake with candles to me while singing happy birthday. It was sooooo nice of them and I felt super excited… and a bit embarrassed haha. After the dessert Javi gave me so many cute gifts and he made it all so exciting. First he gave me one, then another, then another and so on. It was super funny and the gifts very thoughtful and sweet.

Then we went for a walk along the ocean and he gave me his last present. We sat down on a bench and he gave me earphones and his phone. It was a VIDEO WITH ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. It was so sweet and I have already watched this video several times because I love it so much. This was definitely the best gift. He has only seen my family once but managend to contact them all and make them do a video for me.

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My birthday was on the 31st of July.

P.S.: the day after my birthday it’s my sisters birthday 🙂

Moving to China – Rollercoaster of feelings

2 weeks ago Javi got accepted for a job offer in China. This means both of us are moving to CHINA soon. He goes the last week of August while I have to wait because I need his invitation letter for my visa. He gets a work visa while I have to go as a tourist and then change it to a student visa once I found a chinese course after arriving. So I will go 2 or 3 weeks after him.

Might sound all easy and organized but it’s not. It has been a rollercoaster of feelings the last few days. First because Javi got accepted while we were on vacation in Tenerife. But once you get accepted it means – fast fast fast. So there are a few steps he had to do like validate all the documents of his trainings and certifications etc. He had to ask a friend who luckily (!) had a key of his home. He got all the documents, went to the post office and sent it all to an agency in Madrid who can do the legislation of the documents. Might sound easy too but it was a pain in the ass and a lot of time being on the phone explaining what kinds of documents and where they are and finding an agency who can do it all and fast.

So it was a “yay, we are going to china, that’s so exciting and we finally don’t have to worry about finding a job anymore” and at the same time a “omg, we need to do this all as fast as possible, hopefully it all goes well, but at the same time we want to enjoy some of the vacation”. It was like being so excited and happy but stressed and nervous at the same time. Many emails, many phone calls, many text messages,…while hiking or being on the beach.

We managed to enjoy the vacation nevertheless though. Once we were back in Valencia it continued: I tried to find a solution for my visa problem: since Javi and I are not married, I cannot simply go with him. I have to apply for the tourist visa or visitor visa but the maximum stay in China would be 60 days! The plan is to be there for 1 year!

I wrote many emails but was not very lucky. The Chinese Embassy in Austria responded to my email saying that I have to call. I called and explained the situation and they told me that they cannot help me. Great, well done Austria. So now I am doing my visa here in Spain and I am still waiting for an answer because I contacted an agency so I don’t have to go to Madrid to the embassy.

Then Javi got another problem with the documents because one of the documents that was already in Madrid needs to be approved by someone in Valencia and then sent back to the agency in Madrid and because there is a holiday too it all takes much longer than it should. On top of that he is in his hometown over summer and went all the way to Valencia today for nothing – only to find out that they dont work because of the “puente” (bridge day).

The point is – the past few days have been like this all the time. Something goes well for him but something bad for me and he tries to cheer me up, or the exact opposite, something goes well for me and finally get information about the visa chaos but something goes wrong for him and then I try to motivatie him. Like a ping pong haha.. many mixed feelings: happy, excited, nervous, stressed, annoyed, motivated, angry, energized,…

But we both know that this is normal, things like that happen and in the end it will all go well. It’s just annoying when you try to be organized and fast but you depend on other companies or embassies and they dont work fast enough, sometimes even with mistakes (yes, it happened too) or dont even give you any information because they dont seem to care because there are probably many people calling every day.

Soooo we will see how it goes the next few days 😀

Tenerife (5/5) – Last Day

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All we do here is eating and eating… we ate so much the last few days! But the food is just too good here. So today in the morning we went to the beach next to our apartment to do a little workout – but honestly my motivation wasn’t that great haha. So no more workouts on vacation. I rather go full power after the vacation again. I’ll just see it as a little break.

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Today we wanted to go up to the Teide again because yesterday the tickets were sold out so we bought tickets online for today. In the morning right before going up there I got an SMS and an e-Mail saying that the cable car is closed because of meteorological reasons. So we had to cancel our tickets and they gave us the refund – what a pitty! So we went to Tenerife without ever being on the top of the Teide…- but I would say that this is a good reason to come back to Tenerife in the future!

So instead we had to make other plans and decided to go to the south of Tenerife – to the beach of El Médano.

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It was nice but we definitely prefer the north of Tenerife over the south of Tenerife. We had lunch there and ordered a very interesting salad. It was a new salad they added to their menu and it tasted great. It was a fruit salad with grilled cheese and the bottom of it was a crepe.

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On a hot day like today it was just perfect and so refreshing. Really yummy.

Then we went to the botanical garden. It was 3 euros to pay entrance. We actually only went there because we were tired of lying around the beach all day. It was nice there but not a must see of Tenerife.

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In the evening we went to the pool terrace on top of our apartment and then for dinner in the city and that was our last day in Tenerife – tomorrow we are going to Gran Canaria!

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Tenerife (4/5) – Like being on a different planet

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Today we drove up to the Teide – the famous volcano in Tenerife. It’s over 3.700 meters high!! There are several roads going up there to the cable car station (2.700 meters) with many viewpoints where you can stop and take pictures along the road.

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It was amazing and feels like being on a different planet being up there. The stones are all much lighter than normal stones and it just felt different… the air, the rocks, the colours,…

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We went to the cable car station because we wanted to go all the way up to the top of the Teide but unfortunately the tickets were sold out. So we bought a ticket for the next day  (It’s 27 Euros per person for both ways). If you ever plan on going up there you better buy the tickets in advance. Since it was a long way up there and we didn’t want to go back down already we stopped at the viewpoint of “Minas de San Jose” and took some pictures – it was a lot of fun.

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We then went to a restaurant on the way down called “El Romance”. The guy at the gas station recommended it to us and we were so happy about it. The food was great and the staff too – the people here in Tenerife seem so incredibly friendly!!

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After lunch we went to Puerto de la Cruz to the beach “Playa Jardin”. It’s a black beach. Next to it there are many stone towers, looks really fun. Today the waves were really big and strong and too dangerous to go inside to swim.

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For dinner we walked up to the “Mirador de la Paz” only to find out that there are no restaurants – I should have looked it up before but the view was totally worth it anyways. Then we went to eat dinner – Pizza and Smoothies 😛

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Usually both of us eat really healthy but now that we are on vacation we eat a lot of crap… and desserts everyday haha, but once we get back to Valencia we will get back to eating healthy again.

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