Since I’ve been in Valencia, I’ve met quite a few Londoners and we always end up revelling in the differences between London and Valencia. So, I’ve put together a compilation of 5 INTERESTING DIFFERENCES between the two cities. I have to admit, writing this is making me miss London – just a little bit.
I’ve added photos with each point, because:
a) Photos make blogposts more interesting (I find photos visually stimulating)
b) They’re throwbacks (to like last month and September) 🙂
Here they are – 5 INTERESTING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LONDON AND VALENCIA – from my perspective as a Londoner:
1. ZEBRA CROSSINGS
So, the green man doesn’t mean anything here. Lol. Often, drivers will continue driving or even speed up (when it’s empty or if someone has not yet stepped out onto the crossing) when approaching a zebra crossing. When I first arrived, I was so shocked, thinking, “What kind of recklessness is this?”.But then I got used to it…
2. SMELL OF SEWAGE
After I get a wiff of the horrible smell, I walk out of the shop like….
Lol. Basically it stinks alot. Ok, not all the time, but alot of times, I’ll be on the street or go into a shop, and I’m shocked for a moment, by how atrocious the smell is, and then I’ll remember. It’s not great.
3. MEAL TIMES
*Just imagine a plate of food please*
This is the standard schedule that many people follow here:
-Almuerzo (Light snack – what we would call ‘Elevenses’)
-Merienda (Snack before having a proper dinner)
This is good for me, as someone who loves food. But having said that I don’t really follow it, I think the three-meals-a-day mentality is ingrained in me.
4. EVERYONE HAS A DOG
Valencians love dogs. Literally, everyone in Valencia has a dog. Ok, not everyone, but basically everyone. I mean, I get it, dogs are a man’s best friend, but sometimes it’s abit too much. Anyway, who am I to judge, dogs can be cute?
Also I have seen, quite a number of times, cats on a leads. I don’t get it, lol, but, it’s a thing here.
(Dogs, cats, birds, they’re all animals?)
5. CENTRAL HEATING (LACK OF)
(Throwback to warmer days – *sigh*)
So basically, I live in a flat, and like many in Valencia, it is quite old and unlike London, doesn’t have central heating. Many flats/houses in Valencia don’t have central heating, mainly because the summers here are usually quite hot and the winters haven’t always been as cold as they are now. So, as you can imagine, being from London, this causes for a huge SIGH, especially now in November, soon-to-be December.
So, if you come to Valencia, this will be nothing new 🙂