Postcard from Valencia, Spain: Just waiting on a train

This day probably did not differ from any other time he sat in this spot waiting for a train, a time or two too many to comprehend why the beauty of the details surrounding him magnetically attracts the camera lenses of tourists.

Orange blossoms and oranges dominate the interior mosaics and ceramic designs and the exterior trim of the 1917 Estacion del Norte of Valencia.

The station abuts the convex exterior of the Plaza de Toros next door. The bullring dates from 1859, and, yes, it still is used for its original purpose.

It’s a long way to travel, but frustrated fans from Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, where bullfighting is banned, must appreciate the convenience of the station to the bullring. Spain is one of the few countries still permitting the sport with outcomes possibly fatal for the matadors and never positive for the bulls.

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