Today we had an early morning trying to get to the airport for our 11 am flight. Some of us had very little sleep so it was kind of a struggle. We grabbed some breakfast and headed out the door by 8:15. The metro station was really close so we took it to the central station and transferred to the train that goes to the airport. We checked in for our flight with a ton of other SAS kids and boarded the flight back to Cádiz. It’s only a little over an hour back but some girls were having a hard time because they were either still drunk or hungover from the night before. Sarah and I thought they were really dumb to get so drunk knowing they had a flight in the morning. The two girls spent most of the flight in the bathroom. Sarah and I just looked at the pretty Spanish men in the magazines.
I grabbed a cab from Jerez where the airport is to Cádiz with Brittney, Courtney (my roommate), and Lance (Courtney’s boyfriend). We returned to the port and got lunch at a place called San Francisco Uno. I had lentil soup, chicken and ham croquettas, and watermelon for dessert. It was a great last meal in Spain. Once we were done stuffing our faces we went back to the port and got on the ship. I put my stuff down and immediately took a shower. It was greatly needed. After unpacking I headed to dinner in the dining room. We were still in port so we got to watch the sun start to set over Spain for one last time. After dinner there were discussion groups from the beginning of the voyage that met to discuss our adventures in Spain. Our group had many interesting stories and different perspectives on what it was like traveling as a foreigner. I think our group was pretty successful compared to some other people. The group leader had to leave half way through the discussion because two girls got to the boat at 8:05 pm when we were supposed to be on by 6pm. They were more than two hours late which is about 24 hours of dock time in the next port. They are lucky they didn’t get left behind. The ship was supposed to leave at 8pm but a SAS trip was delayed by about 2 hours so the ship waited for them. I’m not sure what the girls’ punishment will be but I’m sure they will get in trouble.
I met up with Sam, Logan, Courtney (Logan’s roommate) Brooke, and Erik on deck 7 to try to camp out under the stars. We encountered security who told us we could stay but that someone comes to wash the deck at 4 am so we would have to move so we don’t get hosed. We decided not to sleep outside and just talked until we were too tired. We had some really soul-bearing conversations for just recently meeting each other but it was a really good experience. We stumbled into bed to face Global Studies at 9 am on a Sunday.
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I made it back safely from Barcelona without losing anything and with some truly amazing experiences.
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Harry Harris got mugged the last night in Barcelona while he was walking back from dropping another SAS girl off at her hostel. He wasn’t hurt and they didn’t get his money, only his phone. Sad but it could have been so much worse. His phone was broken anyway.
Also, I wrote postcards to Andrew and Mama II and Big Daddy but the post office was closed. You will get them much later when I get home because foreign post offices are so hard to figure out!