Yesterday was a good day. We went to the cathedral of Valencia and I really liked this one a lot. It was all because of a statue of Virgin Mary and Jesus, which was surrounded by real bouquets of flowers (some were fresh and other looked like they had been there for a while). I was walking around with my audio guide and stopped in front of this statue to listen to the information about it. It said that this is a statue where pregnant women come to pray and walk around the cathedral nines times, to bless their nine months of pregnancy. There was a pregnant woman who was there with her mom. I turned to tell her my new found information and she told me that she was already doing her rounds around the cathedral. Then I asked her if she had left flowers at the foot of the statue, and she told me that women do that after the baby is born. This really touched me because I want to be an obstetrician when I am all grown up. There were more then two dozen flower bouquets at the foot of the statue, so that means many children were born close to the time we visited. It was symbolic for me because I have always thought about doing something meaningful in my life and all those flowers represented that the job I want is special. I had to hold back tears when I talked to the mother-to-be because pregnant women are so dear to my heart.
Then we went to this super modern museum called IVAM. There were two paintings that caught my eye, one was called Jupiter and the other was Beauty wounded by Cupid. I am going to talk to you about Beauty wounded by Cupid because I liked that one more. It is of a woman who looks like she just fell because Cupid shoot her. My friends say that I am a lover of love, which means I love anything that has to do with falling in love. The reason why I love this painting is because it represents the feeling of first falling in love or when you first really like someone. It is funny that they use the word “falling” because when you fall, you lose your orientation and you are all out of whack. When I first start liking someone or loving them, I almost feel the same as when I fall. I don’t know how to normally function, I forget how to just be myself. While staring at this painting I could see that.
Our group dinner was that same night and it was fun! I finally got to have some paella and it was delicious. It was great because all 22 of us sat at the same table. Then, we went out for some more food at this really cheap place that the students from Spain had taken us to. The funny thing was that we had all split up after dinner, but then we all ended up in the same place for some food later that night.