Valencia – Day 4
I set off bright and early for the City of Arts and Sciences which are conveniently just minutes from Valencia Flats. Whatever your opinions about the the project and the multi-millions that was spent on it, one thing people agree on is that the buildings themselves are hugely impressive. I had walked past a couple of times but only really seen the front and had been advised to have a good walk round. This I dead and I must say that I was pretty stunned by the sheer magnitude of the project. For those of you who do not know, the “city” is a unique complex devoted to science and culture. There are five main elements: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), the Umbracle (a landscaped vantage point and car park), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (an innovative centre of interactive science), the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. The Ágora gives the complex a multifunctional space. It took almost 10 years to complete and when it was eventually completed in 2005 was many, many millions over budget. Now is not the reason to go into the causes of the overspending or where the money went to. Let’s just say that the legacy is impressive whether one can or cannot justify it! See the gallery that James Murphy was kind enough to share and read more about the City here
In the afternoon, it was time to catch up with a client, Hispania. They are one of Valencia’s best established language schools and it was good to get an update on the school and its activities. Spanish schools are BIG business here in Valencia. There seems to be one on every corner but Hispania have developed an innovative and successful teaching method for their 1000s of students who come from all over the world. I was also impressed with the huge amount of extra-curricular activities they provide. Impressive!For more details check their excellent website.
I’ll write more about it tomorrow but I am, of course, excited to have my ticket for the Levante UD v Espanyol game on Friday. Levante were pretty much outplayed earlier this week versus Valencia and they are not going to find it easy against the Catalan side who have put a good run together but I look forward to the game as I do every single live match I see.