Paella is one of Spain’s most popular dishes, and its roots are in Valencia. Students participated in a cooking class while there last weekend, learning by doing! The best part was eating the final result; ¡delicioso!

Valencia has been an important trade center since the Romans founded it. National hero El Cid fought his epic battle against the Moors here in the 11th century. The city's past lives on in Roman ruins and La Lonja, a Gothic monument to commerce where trade deals are still sealed. Architect Santiago Calatrava has revolutionized the cityscape with three futuristic masterpieces—the Oceanographic Aquarium, the Palace of Arts and Sciences, and The Palace of Music.