We began class two days after arrival, a grammar course from 9-11 a.m., and a history course from 5-7 p.m. Lunch was served between 2:30 and 3:30, and dinner from 8:30 to 9:30. The Americans always the first to arrive in the dining hall, hungry and unaccustomed to taking meals so late. There were 22 of us in total, 19 there for the spring semester and 3 that were already there when we arrived because they were doing the year program) were.
The first weekend we explored OUR city, Valencia, by doing morning and afternoon tours. These consisted of history lessons which we had to take notes on. At the end of every weekend we wrote a 2-3 page paper on the lessons from the weekend and turned them in as part of our history course.
We also found out that we were a 20 minute walk or a five minute tram ride from the beach! Needless to say, that’s where we spent most of our free time, especially before we discovered other things to do.