• Richard Ayoade and Sara Pascoe make paella in Valencia. (SBS)Source: SBS
Chances are he’ll force you to go zorbing the morning after a bender.
Gavin Scott

20 Nov 2017 - 2:07 PM  UPDATED 20 Nov 2017 - 2:07 PM

Valencia isn’t a city you hear about that often, but it’s the location for one of the best episodes of Travel Man yet. Accompanied by comedian Sara Pascoe, Richard Ayoade takes viewers to the Spanish home of citrus fruit and paella.

What starts off as a pretty standard instalment of the travel series takes a turn for the bizarre as Ayoade and Pascoe receive a lesson in traditional paella making. Later, as they eat the fruits (or rather, meat, veges and rice) of their labour, they discuss a traditional British delicacy: flavoured kettle chips. Odd but hilarious, which is also an apt description of the rapid onset of drunkenness that follows when they then head out for a potent cocktail.

Naturally, the best thing to do the day after gorging yourself on food and alcohol is to climb inside an inflatable ball and roll around on the surface of a large pool at Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences. While Ayoade takes it easy inside the zorb, Pascoe does anything but. At the end of their exhausting second day, there’s only one thing for it: another cocktail.


Watch the Valencia episode of Travel Man on Monday 20 November at 8pm on SBS VICELAND. Missed the previous episode? Watch it at SBS On Demand:

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