It seems that it might be some time until it’s safe to travel again and no one knows exactly how that travel will look like. And while there isn’t that much that I miss as an introvert stuck at home with someone I love, finally having the chance to work from home, I am nostalgic for the time I was free to take a cheap flight and spend the weekend in a different European country every now and again. A year ago, in May, I went to Valencia in what is one nicest trips I’ve ever taken and I can’t help but remember the palm trees and the architecture (and the food and the drinks).
Valencia does not only have a wonderful old town, but also some of the most modern and futuristic looking buildings I have ever seen. I am talking, of course, about the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, or the City of Arts and Sciences. When I imagine an utopian future, where everyone is happy and healthy and provided for, this is what my brain thinks that it could look like. Big, bright, white and beautiful, the buildings in this architectural complex look like someone plucked them out of a futuristic film and put them in our reality by mistake.
The complex is made up of different building, all serving a different function. There is for exmple the L’Oceanogràfic, an oceanographic park, that I will explore in a future post, the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, a science museum, resembling the skeleton of a whale (that also housed the Harry Potter exhibition during my visit) and the L’Umbracle, with its arches and palm trees.
The project began in 1989 (hey, just like me!) and opened its doors in 1998. Before my trip to Valencia, I was very exited about visiting it, because I had seen it in pictures, but seeing it live was far more impressive. It fueled my imagination and it was definitely worth the trip.