I'm now in the U S of A! Not completely home, as I'm still in Atlanta for a few hours and then am getting picked up in Milwaukee. But there is something about being on American soil that always makes me feel safe and secure. It also might have something to do with flying several hours over a massive ocean.
The flight went relatively smooth, and I was able to get a window seat
Since I have about 4 hours to kill, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the best and worsts of the trip. So here we go.....
Best Hotel: Tryp Oceanic in Valencia. This was closer to a 4-star than a 3-star. Huge, clean and free wi-fi in the lobby.
Best Wi-fi access: This award goes to where it all began, my little room at Hostel Fernando in Barcelona. It was not only free, but the connection was strong and uploading pictures was super fast.
Greatest Little Annoyance: They don't use washcloths in Spain, or at least the hotels don't provide them. Some had sponges.
Best "Monument": This would have to be a three-way tie among Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Mezquita in Cordoba and the Alhambra in Granada
Best City: Barcelona...big, but a great metro system to get around and has some older areas. I felt very comfortable and "at home" there.
Biggest Disappointment: I might offend some people for saying this, but I have to say Seville. It wasn't that I didn't like it, but I was just expecting a little more, based on prior feedback. It probably didn't help that it down poured both nights we were there.
Places I wanted to spend more time: Easily could've used another day in Granada and Madrid.
Best Water: I'm not talking about drinking water. No way, I always ordered the bottled stuff. The water in Madrid did wonders for my hair. Volume and shine like I have never seen.
Best Food: Now this might be impossible. Churros dipped in chocolate? The gellato? The tapas with stuffed olives? The paella in Valencia? The bread dipped in olive oil in almost every restaurant? The inexpensive, but very good red wine? The swordfish and seafood? The Moroccan food? The numerous cafe con leches? Can't pick just one!
Best Candy: OMG, Kinder Bueno candy bars are like heaven in your mouth
Item I Did Not Need: Couldn't went without the extra sundress. Otherwise, every other article of clothing I wore. Take that, Rickster.
Things I will Miss the most: The strolling, especially in the narrow alleys/streets. Meeting and talking to people. The wine and food. Chilling out for a cup of coffee in the middle of the afternoon. The historical churches and monuments. The palm trees and mountains.
Things I will not miss: Eating dinner after 9 pm, seeing pig parts displayed all over like men in Florida showing off their trophy wives, paying for water everywhere, paying for grocery bags, not being able to go for runs.
There you have it! I'm getting sleepy as technically I would be going to sleep if I were still in Spain. I hope I don't feel like a truck hit me tomorrow.
Bests, Worsts & Other Things
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Atlanta, Georgia, United States