|Bye, Santa Barbara!|
|In the Denver Airport. I'll never understand people who wear heels and nice clothing when they travel...as you can see, I like to be as comfortable as possible|
I spent two full nights on airplanes/in airports, which means I got a total of about six hours of sleep. Because of a thunderstorm in New York City, our flight to Madrid was delayed by almost three hours. We sprinted through Madrid Barajas Airport, but ended up missing our plane to Santiago by 10 minutes (very frustrating). Thankfully, the airline was very accommodating and immediately booked all 33 participants in the Vassar-Wesleyan Program on a flight just three hours later, and gave us vouchers for lunch at a buffet in the terminal.
|My boarding passes|
|View from a path leading to the north side of the cathedral|
At around 5 pm (after the afternoon siesta--another Spanish thing I'm a little bit in love with, it's like kindergarten naptime again!), the group and I walked 30 minutes to the mall area of Santiago. I bought a cell phone and went to my first Spanish supermercado (supermarket)--kind of like a Walmart, except even more disorganized.
|My new Spanish cell phone--I seriously miss my BlackBerry|
|Shrine from the baroque period|
|On the fort's main tower--notice how there are no safety guardrails! I'm definitely not in the US anymore.|
|Con amigas in front of el río Miño--that's Portugal behind us!|
|Definitely the best view I've ever had while eating lunch|
|Proof that I've been to Portugal|
Our next stop was a mountain in Santa Tecla, Spain. I slept on the bus and woke up to look out the window and see nothing but the Atlantic Ocean. As in...no shoulder lane. No guardrails. I think if I wasn't so tired, I would have had a panic attack. Thankfully, we arrived safe and sound, and were treated to the most amazing view imaginable.
|I dare you to find a prettier view. Seriously.|
|I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles...|
|Mi amor Danielle|
|And of course, we just HAD to recreate the Jack & Rose pose from The Titanic|
|The Celtic ruins|
|You can see a reconstruction of the Pinta in the upper left corner|
It's taken me a good two days to write this post, which only covers three days of my trip. ¡Increíble! Either I need to get better at this blogging thing, or do less with my days. (I think I'm gonna go with the former.)