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14 September 2015

Valencia Erasmus Diary - A Day in Sot de Chera

Reading the title, you may think that I have already been on one of those massive ESN (Erasmus Student Network) trips, but no, I actually travelled to Sot de Chera with a local family and went to visit a friend (which doesn't mean I dislike ESN trips!).
We left in the morning and got to the pueblo (=village) after a one and a half hour drive. The view of the pueblo from the street was lovely, it looked like a group of white houses popping up in the middle of the green and brown mountains, creating a nice ensemble of colours. 

As we got there, we were welcomed by my friend and went to see her house which was super pretty - very rustic and cozy, with white and wooden walls and roof. My love for countryside houses hit again.

We had almuerzo (=brunch), which I ironically thought of as lunch. Hehe. I actually had some doubts on why a Spanish family would have lunch at 12 instead of 2 pm, but just thought that we were hungry from the trip and would have it earlier. Silly me.

We then went for a walk around the village. Here are some pictures!




This is where women used to come and wash their clothes, cutlery and dishes. Some of them still do it!

My favourite corner of the pueblo :)
 The Almazara is the place where olive oil used to be produced. This is the inside:

We couldn't miss the río (=river) and took a bath! The water was so cold, I can't even describe it. I felt like my legs and feet were freezing, which was kind of funny considering that it was probably around 30 degrees. We played uno, equis, dos, a fun ball game which made me feel like a child - super happy!



We then walked around the village and I took some snapshots. In case you're wondering, yes…it was time for another meal! We went back home and had nibbles, arroz al horno (in Valencian: arròs al forn = baked rice) which was delicious and watermelon. We chatted loads and I was taught some Spanish jokes which were honestly hilarious but that I cannot rewrite (some of them weren't very sophisticated let's say haha). Afterwards, the cake was served and everyone sang happy birthday to me! I got emotional and felt at home with people I hadn't even met before. Spaniards, like most Mediterranean people, are truly as welcoming and warm as it is said. It wasn't even my birthday yet! J <3

Now, let's be honest, I would have happily taken a siesta after this. But we were all very brave and went out again, this time to the old Arabic Castle. My friend played the guide and explained to us the history behind it. What struck me the most was that there were some holes in the walls where they put wooden sticks which filtered the wind and made sure that the castle would stay stable for a long time… until today actually! Crazy, right? The walk then took a wild turn as we went to see another bit of the river from where you could dive in. We found some pomegranate trees and tried to pick the fruits, which felt like an epic deed as weren't tall enough.
The tower of the castle with the Valencian flag



By the time we'd walked so much you probably imagined that we could feel slightly hungry again. Time for a snack! At home, we had something to drink, then left to our final walk and to (try) and play frontón, a game that resembles squash.

Eventually, it was time to go back. We left Sot de Chera content with the amazing day we spent together and ready for more.

How to travel to Sot de Chera: the best option is by car, but there are buses twice a week from Valencia. There is a small hotel where you can stay. There are almost no tourists at all. This is a great place for a retreat in the countryside and silence. 

8 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh sounds like you had a fantastic time! The photos are absolutely stunning, looks lovely!
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

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    1. Hey Becky! Thanks so much for passing by :) Have a great week!

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  2. Your pictures so are gorgeous! This looks amazing, added it to my bucket list :)

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    1. Thank you so much! You should definitely visit it in summer, it's a lovely place <3

      Assia | www.assiashahin,com

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    1. Glad you liked it! :)

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  4. Assia, Thank you very much for your lovely post and those amazing pictures, it is always something special to see your village with new eyes and it is even more special to read that you liked it and other people think it is such a beautiful place. Muchas gracias, un abrazo enorme! xx

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    1. Carla!! He visto tu comento solo ahora, muchas gracias por el día fantástico con tu familia y me alegro de que te gusten mis fotos! Un beso <3 :)

      Assia | www.assiashahin.com

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