July 16, 2018 – August 13, 2018
As I write this post, Caoliang and I are currently on a five hour train to Barcelona. With the long train ride, I have plenty of time to reflect on my time in Alicante. This city was the first city that I was pretty much on tour for the whole time. Usually, i would only be visiting for a week or two but in Alicante, it was a whole month. Being here for such an extended amount of time really allowed me to see what its like to be an OAM (Official Accompanied Member) on tour.
Alicante has been a really nice city to spend the summer. The city is not to big, has places to shop, museums, old stuff and easy beach access. I really did enjoy my time in this city not only because the city was very manageable but also because Caoliang and I could spend so much time together and be a “normal couple.”
To give you an idea of how my days were here, they usually went a little something like this… waking up around noon, going to the fresh market for groceries, having lunch or coffee with Caoliang before he heads off to work about 4 pm. What’s after? Well Caoliang is gone for work six days a week from about 4 pm to 1:30 am. That is a long time right? So usually I would either make sure the apartment is clean, cook something for myself, watch movies, write, hang out at cafes, or train. In this post I wanted to share some of my favorite spots of Alicante, or spots I often found myself going to.
Like I had mentioned before, we often would go here right after waking up to get fresh groceries. We were lucky enough that our apartment was only a minute walk away. I had never lived so close to a market or had the chance to utilize a market before. When we first went there just to check it out, I thought, man this is way too awesome and convenient to go, we must take advantage! That we did! Everyday we would have fresh fruit and vegetables. It was great! The market consisted of two floors: upstairs was primarily meats and downstairs was seafood and fruits. There were also a few cafes inside where you could immediately sit down to have a bite. With the market, I had to become familiar with asking for things in Spanish. It was a really new and interesting experience for me, one that I could totally get used to!
This part of Alicante was really charming and one of my favorites. It was only a short walk away from our apartment and contained many bars, cafes, restaurants, squares and important churches. My favorite part about the old quarter is just the look of the buildings and the fact that many of the roads are not for cars. Walking around these parts made you really feel like you were in a different time period. Located in the old quarter was also my favorite coffee spot, Madness Coffee, along with some other great cafes and restaurants.
This charming little place had the nicest baristas and the best coffee. Caoliang and I often look for coffee spots when we travel. Along with us, many people on tour also enjoy a good cup of coffee. So hearing it through the Totem grapevine, we had to go check it out. This cafe has plenty of seating, two floors of space and even a little cinema room underneath the stairwell. We usually ordered a flat white (2 euros). Every drink or food had great presentation and the whole place was so cohesive and well designed from the plates the cups would be places on, to the recycled coffee machine turned bathroom sink, to the baristas’ custom aprons, this place was awesome! With their delicious coffee, chill ambiance and spacious seating, I often found myself spending time in here every chance I got.
PLAYA DE SAN JUAN
San Juan Beach was definitely my favorite beach of this city. It wasn’t walkable but still easy to get to by tram (20 minutes, 1.45 euro). The beach was really big and because of that, it didn’t seem so crowded like Alicante Beach. I luckily got to enjoy this beach a few times, even spending my 30th birthday here! The water is clear and sand is soft. Also because we had everything we needed for an enjoyable beach day, blankets, sun umbrella, etc., we barely had to spend money while we were there! But of course if you needed, there are sun loungers and umbrellas for rent as well.
SPARTAN STUDIO ALICANTE
I had found this pole studio through Lai in Malaga. I was so happy she connected me to Laura who owned Spartan Studio with her husband Adrian. Training is one of the things that puts some sort of routine in my week while being on tour. It also helps me to maintain my strength when being away from my usual training in Houston. Spartan studio was surprisingly big! Being mainly a pole studio, they had at least seven poles. Along with that, they had three aerial rigging points and a section of the studio that had a pretty high ceiling. Perfecto! I was also happy that to use their facility it would only cost me 50 euros for the month. Laura and Adrian were also super nice people and even though we didn’t fluently speak the same language, their smile and kindness really helped me feel comfortable in a new place.
SANTA BARBARA CASTLE
This castle was huge and very close to where we lived so it was something I got to see everyday. On Caoliang’s first day off, we went to go visit the castle during the evening time. Good thing the place is open until 10 pm because we knew with how hot the days were, there was no way we were going while the sun was out. The castle was free, and once on the right walking path, only took about 15 minutes to get to on foot. The view of the city from the top was also really spectacular and seeing the glowing lights at night was really nice. Even though we just went once, I would definitely recommend anyone visiting Alicante to check it out.
There you have it! Some of my favorite spots of Alicante. Again, I feel so lucky and blessed to be able to see such a nice city and to experience the summer on tour with my husband. Since I know I probably won’t be seeing this city again, the last few days I was in Alicante I really looked at things with different eyes. Truly, truly blessed.
We are currently on our way to Barcelona, like I mentioned earlier, to spend Caoliang’s two days off together before I fly back to Houston. I didn’t get to visit Caoliang while he was touring in Barcelona so I’m pretty keen to see what this highly recommended city will be like.