Well the day has arrived. I leave for Spain in about 5 hours. My suitcase is packed with the essentials, my passport is ready, and my flight info is printed. I’ve stocked up on the essentials that I can’t find in Spain, like proper hair conditioner and deodorant, brown sugar, and good orbit gum. I’ve canceled my American cell phone, and I’ve notified my banks. I have various plans ready in case of issues with my baggage. $70 dollars for a second checked bag on an international flight? Hell no! I am flying out of Dulles, D.C.’s biggest airport and I’m planning to arrive super early because it is a flipping nightmare. Dulles is on my hit list for worst airport ever. Right up there with Charles de Gaulle in Paris and Barajas in Madrid.
My flight leaves Washington D.C. this afternoon at half past five, and should arrive bright in early in Madrid tomorrow morning at around 7. Pending I don’t get detained in immigration, I’ll grab my suitcase and drag it through the metro to the bus station where I’ll catch a bus at 10:30 up to Logroño. A 4 hour bus ride after a 8 hour flight, just what I want. Not. I’ll hopefully arrive in Logroño with time for a shower and a siesta before beginning my new life there: apartment search, setting up phone, bank accounts, wifi, ect. You can see I have a plan; I like plans. and lists. But I really hate when crucial things do not go well (even though it usually ends with a funny story to relate later). I am already looking forward to a big glass of yummy red Rioja wine tomorrow night!
I am very, very excited for another year in Spain, especially to be in Logroño in La Rioja. I can’t wait to meet all my fellow auxiliars, and to get to know my two new elementary schools that I’ll be working at. I am excited for all the wine festivals in September, and for when the leaves change and for hiking all around the beautiful countryside. I am excited to experience a whole new side of Spain and to meet new people and see new places. I am excited for this year!
Wish me luck!