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We are in Valencia, Spain for the Easter school holidays ( påskeferie ) and I am a fan of public art. We bought tickets online for the Valencia v Sevilla football match and the pdf has to be printed to be used at the stadium gates. After a relaxing afternoon at the beach, with a suggestion for one place that could do the printing and with 1€ in my pocket, I set off on Thursday (public holiday) to print them. Tourist information sent me to a kiosk who sent me to fnac who sent me to another kiosk who couldn’t print. I was glad that my husband had taken our kids home for showers and dinner. I set off for the place that our apartment manager recommended that’s west of the Mercado Central. I thoroughly realised how walkable Valencia is. Even lane ways have foot paths, nobody is loitering menacingly and there are people walking around everywhere all the time, so it feels safe. I found that Sumo print shop was closed and asked at a Pakistani grocery store where I could print. He sent me to a locutorio and that was when I found these amazing street art and took some photos on my phone while keeping my mind mostly on my mission (and a strong urge to get home to use the toilet after hours at the beach with no toilets). To my immense relief the friendly Pakistani man that runs the locutorio printed our tickets after I forwarded the pdf to him from my phone and for only 20c each so I was able to afford the printing too without going home first to get money. We chatted about football but his passion is cricket. After 10 minutes of chatting and repeated attempts by an insistent client to talk to the clerk, I said goodbye and walked home triumphantly and clicking photos of some huge murals along the way.