It all started with Paris, France.
Several of the girls were headed out last weekend on a trip to Paris and Rachel asked me if I wanted to do something. Rachel and I tend to make a crazy plan when other people are going somewhere. Last time, we went to Xativa while some of the other girls enjoyed the islands of Mayorca, Spain.
We figured that since we couldn’t actually go to France, we might as well pick something in Valencia that sounds like it could be French and headed to L’Oceanografic, Europe’s largest aquarium. It is one of the must-see locations in Valencia and many of us have wanted to go since we first arrived. Rachel and I were joined by TK and Helen.
Typically, if we go somewhere new we allow ourselves to have a “tourist day.” This means we dress like tourists and take pictures of everything. This particular day was no different. We headed out with no timeline and no plan. I was expecting to only spend a few hours in the aquarium, but 7 hours later we were still having a wonderful time.
We started our day in the tunnels of the aquarium. This part reminded me of the aquarium at the Mall of America in Minnesota.
We then, headed outside to enjoy a dolphin show. We actually ended up going to this dolphin show twice. I had persuaded the other girls to go to the earlier dolphin show because I could not imagine that we would still be at the aquarium four hours later. Well, four hours later we were still there and had enjoyed the first show so much that we went again. TK, who had been to the aquarium before, informed us that there was a dance competition prior to the start of the show and that if you won, you got to pet a dolphin. Now, if you have ever played a board game or been at a speech tournament with me, you know that I am an extremely competitive person. If you are a member of my immediate family, you know that ever since Chris declared he wanted to be a marine biologist when he was a little kid, we have talked about swimming with dolphins. (Although Chris’s dreams have changed, I still want to swim with the dolphins). If you have ever lived with me, remember high school prom, or have seen the videos my brothers and roommates have recorded of me you know that I am a terrible dancer. But, I wanted to pet that dolphin.
So Gangnam Style starts blasting and Helen and I are dancing to get a chance to pet that dolphin. Let’s just say we didn’t pet the dolphin in the first show. So then, the four of us choreographed a dance (and I mean choreographed) for the second show. And none of us ended up petting a dolphin. But we had a blast and made fools out of ourselves in the process.
After the dolphin show, we explored the aviary.
Saw a lot of other marine exhibits.
Took a picture by a life size replica of a whale.
Had a deep conversation in the presence of the flamingos.
Watched some penguins.
Ran into Dr. Wiseman and his daughter.
Went to every gift shop and found this crazy necklace which caused us all to die of laughter.
We also found this hilarious advertisement for a genuine American hot dog. And enjoyed some french fries and ice cream to get our energy back up.
We ended the day with two fun selfies.
As we walked back home through the City of Arts and Sciences we came across this fun invention. I’m pretty determined to try it before I leave.
All in all it was a great day with wonderful people! Sometimes the best plans are spontaneous day trips with no agenda.