Living across the world from the home I have always known, I've created a new home for myself.
When I was given the opportunity to choose where to spend the next year, there was no hesitation. But that doesn't mean everything has been peachy-keen here. Every city has it's advantages and disadvantages. Inspired by a friend's post, I have decided to come up with the Pros and Cons of my new city life.
The word Valladolid in Spanish has no meaning, but is said to be derived from the words 'Valley of Sun'. A popular nickname for the city is Pucela (pooh-thell-uh).
-True Castellano (Castilian Spanish) is spoken here.
-We have a fútbol team. And they aren't terrible!
-Campo Grande. There's nothing like reading a book in the park and enjoying the view on a gorgeous afternoon.
-We have an airport.
-With the city's new AVE high-speed train you can get to Madrid in only 50 minutes. Choo choo!
-Valladolid has history. Christopher Columbus died here.
-Living in the capital city of your region means everyone has visited, knows someone who lives here, or passes by on their trip to whatever sitio. Easy access.
-3 wine-making regions surround us. Riberia del Duero, Rueda, and Cigales. Bottoms up!
-The clock in the city center above Caja Rural is what I like to think of as a Mini-Times-Square. It always lets me know how late I am as I run to catch the bus.
-The University of Valladolid evens out the ratio of elderly people to jovenes in the city.
-IKEA is opening in December. Take that, other capital cities of Spain! We have furniture and meatballs.
-The architecture is easy on the eyes.
-Did I mention the weather? Valladolid gets what is said to be "Nine months of winter and three months of hell." And added to that, there is the famous fog and frost.
-Your own two feet are your main form of transportation. Not always a bad thing, except in that frio weather.
-The prettiest Cathedral and biggest/most beautiful Plaza Mayor are not here in Valladolid.
-Valladolid does not have cobblestone streets, so we miss out on the romantic Spanish night-time glow.
-With 300,000 people it is hard to make friends. ¿Como se dice "lost in a crowd"?
As much respect as I have for Dorothy, I prefer to side with Anonymous. "Home is where your heart is."
Who knows what the next year will bring, but this year, my heart is here with you...Valladolid!