December 2 - 11, I was suppose to be gallivanting across the United Kingdom with three other auxiliares - Maegan, Melissa, and Lyndsy - but due to massive amounts of snow and bad weather in England/Scotland/Ireland, I didn't make it out of Spain. It's kind of a (not) funny story.
Thursday, December 2, I met up with the girls to take the train to Madrid. Upon arrival in Madrid, we coger-ed a taxi and went to Madrid Barajas Aeropuerto. We took our sweet time checking in, getting snacks, looking around the duty-free shops, and trying on perfume. We were just about the last ones to board the plane...well, the girls were. This is were it gets (not) funny. Stupid me, I didn't look at my boarding pass before handing it to the man at the gate - and all I hear is: "Este no es su vuelo!" (This is not your plane!) He proceeded to tell me that I had the same flight, same airline, same time...different airport. The girls' tickets were for Luton and mine for Gatwick. London had received massive amounts of snow and yucky cold weather in days previous and Gatwick and Heathrow Airports were both shut down until an undisclosed time. So, basically, I wasn't going anywhere for Puente. My big UK trip was shattered at the gate. I had to wave goodbye to Maegan, Melissa, and Lyndsy and wish them a good trip! (They had a fun time, the pictures are great! I lived the trip through them!)
Anyway, in continuation. I headed back to the EasyJet counter to figure out what I was suppose to do. Since it was closing time, EasyJet didn't want to argue with me (in Spanish!) so they just gave me the name of a hotel and told me I could stay for free and eat dinner and breakfast on them. So, the next trip was to The Auditorium Hotel - Europe's Largest Hotel with 780 rooms. :) It was a wonderful free place with free internet, free food, heat, and hot water you didn't have to light with a lighter. I was in heaven: I guess I had my own Puente after all...
|Largest hotel in Europe: Thanks Easyjet!|
|Let Them Eat Cake. (endless amounts of cake)|
I was told there were no flights to London until Monday afternoon, so I just gave up trying to get to the UK. I decided to stay in Madrid for one more night in the (free) hotel because I was given food and heat! It just so happened that the Spanish Air Controllers were staying at Auditorium as well, and they were confronted by disgruntled passengers. The Spanish government found out and sent military officers and personnel to the hotel to bring the controllers directly to work to stop the fighting. For 15 days, the air traffic controllers have been forced to follow government law since so many people were affected by their strike, on top of bad weather that had come just days before. Saturday morning I left bright and early - just before the fights broke out in the lobby between the air traffic controllers and unhappy passengers.
The next few days were very boring and cold in Navalmoral - as I watched a total of 8 movies, saw 4 episodes of One Tree Hill, and made 2 collages for my room. I washed all my clothes... which was successful - until it took 3.5 days to dry! My room stunk like dirty wet clothes and it was just a very depressing lonely few days.
|part of my new "Roots and Wings" collage.|
|A new addition to my night stand.|
"Sometimes I like to just pick up and go...
|Los Escobazos 2010|
|The pole looking thing is a large "escobazo"!|
|Children are taught to play with fire at a young age...|
|A burning chair in one of the plaza fires.|
|The largest fire of the night at the end of the procession.|
|A night out - in Jarandilla!|
|Garganta de Jarandilla|
|Old Roman Bridge|
|Hunter, Jeff, Me, Matthew|
|Mamen, Maria, Me, Ismael, Oscar, Eric and Diana|
|Feliz Cumpleanos! :)|
|Thursday dinner in Josemi's house!|
|Dancing in the streets!|
|Levantando la mano.|
|Jessica and I rowing in Retiro Park - Madrid's Central Park.|
|Girl's night out on the town - just in front of Sol.|
|Christmas in Madrid - Sol.|
|Enjoying the Christmas market in the Plaza Mayor with Michelle.|
|Plaza Mayor by night with Jessica!|
There is always Puente 2011 to go to the UK! (Yes! I've decided to stay for a second year!)