Day 2: Travels to Valencia Spain

Valencia, Spain day two March 7th 2018. time 1300, mostly clear, temperature 62F.

Today I woke about 0630 and I took a small nap to 0730. I then did the shower. I decided today was the day in which I was to find a breakfast shop and then after this, find a decent market to shop. I went downstairs to the hotel lobby and asked the front desk about a good market. It is down the street, about a 5 to 10 minute walk. I told myself that I may need to take two trips, to concentrate on the vital items first and maybe some heavy items, but to bring back enough food for two to three days.

I ate breakfast at about 0900 when the shop across from the hotel opened. I opted for a small meal, more of two pieces of cake filled with fruit and a coffee. The price came up to less than 5 euro. After I was finished I see that they brought out fresh eggs and other items behind the counter which is meant to be like a small buffet that is served by the staff. The price was less than 5 euro as well. I decided I could use that as a fallback if I did not find items I needed at a market. Once I was done, I thanked the staff at the shop and went back to the room. I emptied my backpack, just in case and started up google maps. Google says it would take about 5 minutes to get there and the market was open 0900 to 2100.

My first breakfast in Valencia Spain. Coffee and some pastries
My first breakfast in Valencia Spain. Coffee and some pastries

This market was pretty easy to find. In Google its is listed as Vidal. On the street and on the receipt, the name is Kuups. I walked around the block to make sure I was not at the wrong market. I decided to go in and look around. They had a lot of fresh pre-packaged items like in the photo. all what you see cost near 20 Euro and I was happy with that. I thought it would be more. I did look at other items but I knew my initial load would be a bit heavy. I think with three bags, the total weight was close to the backpack I carried through the airports – probably 25 (12kg) or more pounds.

The bread area had much to choose from
The bread area had much to choose from
Kruups even had a section that was vacuum sealed food.
Kruups even had a section that was vacuum sealed food.
I was impressed with the meat section. It had many items and for some odd reason I passed on the meat. Fate saved me - the fridge was broken in the room, but it was replaced pronto.
I was impressed with the meat section. It had many items and for some odd reason I passed on the meat. Fate saved me – the fridge was broken in the room, but it was replaced pronto.

I got back to the room and took everything out. I started to put the items in the fridge, and I noticed that in about a full day, this thing was not working right. I thought I heard the cleaning ladies and I asked them to look at the fridge. They said they would call some one. In about 5 minutes, I had a lady come up. She looked like management and did not speak much English. She was frustrated but I took out the google translate app and started the conversation. She basically said, maintenance would be right up to look at the item. In about five more minutes, they arrived and looked at the fridge. Yes, it needs replacing.

The essentials from Kruups market. This will be good for two or three days. More if I decide to take a meal a meal out in town.
The essentials from Kruups market. This will be good for two or three days. More if I decide to take a meal a meal out in town.

As I type this, the maintenance man has come in, and he has already removed the old unit. He is in the process of bringing in the new unit. Outstanding service, if it not already obvious. I am very pleased, as the meats I have will not last more than 3 hours if not in a cold fridge.


Project done in less than an hour. Perfect.

Besides going to the market once more, I will have to decide if I want to go sight seeing anywhere. I am finding google maps, with everything turned on is a blessing in disguise. It allows me to search for places on the laptop and pass these to the phone and I can navigate to the places without much worry. I also noted that this google maps will eat a lot of battery. This is why i will bring the battery pack. When it gets low, I will find a place to sit and offer it a chance to charge. This battery pack, a RAVpower, can charge a phone up to six times. It was down to 2 out of four lights, and it was fully charged overnight, the maximum time it was plugged in was 6 hours.

I seen a tourist bus stop near the hotel. I like to wander to sights and take my time. Google maps will find me many interesting things to see.
On the way to Kruups market, I seen a tourist bus stop near the hotel. I like to wander to sights and take my time. Google maps will find me many interesting things to see in Valencia, Spain.

When the phone is better, I will then move on. I will create a list of places that I can go to all in one circle which will not take more than 1 km each way. If I see two or three places a day, in less than a week I will be able to see everything I have written down.

Google translate conversation mode is working great ! I managed to decipher what the manager said about the fridge, the maintenance man about the issue with the fridge and asking questions in the market for items that I needed.

I am fortunate the ladies behind the counter of the hotel speak decent English. All of them are very polite and have answered all my questions. I now know how to unlock the stove and use it without question. All I need is a few more items from the market.

Talking about the market, I decided to head back to the market once more. I understand this city is quite big, and it is packed with buildings and small shop all over Valencia. These shops are typically small, I would have to guess the size of most may be twenty feet wide and no more than forty feet deep. The look like a storage locker when closed up, and when open, bigger than a 20 x 20 (10m x 10m) unit as I know them in the USA.

The second run to Krupps market I ended up carrying the heavy stuff. The walk is about one half mile (1 km) so it was a decent workout.
The second run to Krupps market I ended up carrying the heavy stuff. The walk is about one half mile (1 km) so it was a decent workout.

I seen a garage that looks like a medium sized warehouse. Its pretty active in that area, so I imagine that this is more of what the USA offers as parking garage. It is across a busy street, and I decided to hold off my curiosity and keep moving.

A nice sized parking garage not too far from the hotel
A nice sized parking garage not too far from the hotel

A bus stops near the corner as I approach it and people come out quickly. Some more traffic comes from the crosswalk as it is green and safe to cross. I stopped, letting the chaotic motion subside. I look up, and I see near the road edge trees planted. I look up and notice they are Valencia orange trees. I take a quick photo and move towards the market.

Beautiful Valencia orange trees line the main streets.
Beautiful Valencia orange trees line the main streets.

I ended up buying a half loaf of freshly made bread, 5 liters of water, instant coffee, creamers and pepper. I asked where the salt was, and the man pointed to a 1 kg package. I asked if there was a smaller package and the answer was no. I decided to skip the salt.

Look, Cat treats from the USA. If Smokie was here, he may not eat these, but at least I was thinking of him while I was away.
Look, Cat treats from the USA. If Smokie was here, he may not eat these, but at least I was thinking of him while I was away.
Hey Look, they even have Monster energy drinks. I told myself, if I need some of this, I would know I am out of shape. I will stick with some good coffee.
Hey Look, they even have Monster energy drinks. I told myself, if I need some of this, I would know I am out of shape. I will stick with some good coffee. I did think of my son raiding this stand. Maybe I will take him to Valencia if there is another visit here.

Back in the room, I see that is close to 1300. I see that the fridge is cooling down nicely. I put the items away went to Google Maps to look over a possible path to navigate to see two or three sights in a day. I get messaged by my friend, and we hold a conversation in Whats Up for a few hours. I tell her what I have bought. Her only concern was that I clean the mushrooms completely before cooking. I snapped a photo of the cleaning tools neatly placed out on the balcony of my room, and she simply laughed.

The conversation faded, and so did my desire to keep my eyes open. The jet lag is fading fast but, I still feel the effects of it. I decided to take a nap. It lasted about three hours. I awoke near 1900. I decided to cook some pasta tonight, and have some vegetables that I bought from the market. Tonight I will have Spinach and Ricotta cheese ravioli in a tomato sauce. I will add Mushrooms and shredded cheese to the mix at the end. I will have the end piece of the bread to soak up the tomato sauce. I show my friend what I have created and she offers me a Bon Appetit.

The hotel provides enough cooking items to get the job done. I only use what I need, and I instantly clean all of it, to keep from making a mess of dishes.
The hotel provides enough cooking items to get the job done. I only use what I need, and I instantly clean all of it, to keep from making a mess of dishes.
Dinner is served. It is ravioli. It is a good meal for energy tomorrow. I plan to do a lot of walking.
Dinner is served. It is ravioli. It is a good meal for energy tomorrow. I plan to do a lot of walking. I ate slow, so I look to the computer to see what places to see that are near Valencia Flats hotel.

Dinner was good, just the right portion. I was full, but not stuffed. I decided on pasta because I want alot of energy for tomorrow. I will be doing some sight seeing in Valencia Spain, and I may be walking close to 2 miles or more when the day is done.

I clean up my mess after a meal. I do what my late grandfather used to do when the grandmother was gone. Simply use one item of each, wash it at the end of the meal and house keeping remains simple. Keep the plate, bowl and utensils on the counter which will keep you from using more.

I researched a few more sights to visit here in Valencia, Spain. Tomorrow I will end up heading out for 0900 when most of the sight seeing places in Valencia open up as well as the shops.

This is the end of the long post of day two in Valencia, Spain. Day three will show some tourist sights within the city center of Valencia.