Tomorrow I am heading to Spain!! I just finished packing up my backpack and I have my to-do list typed out on an iPhone note for tomorrow, including my *don’t forget*s. I have 2 new books downloaded onto my Kindle Fire and my car ride outfit is already laid out on the back of my chair. I would say, apart from the crucial overnight charging of my MacBook and iPhone, I am 100% ready to go!
The last time I was in Spain was exactly 2 years ago. It was May of 2011 when my cousin Margo and I backpacked around Europe and hit all of the big cities. We were in Barcelona for 3 glorious days (during which FC Barca won the Champion’s League final) before we had to leave for Rome. Ever since, I have been dying to return and see more, and now I’m finally getting the chance!
My Au Pair family spends the last 2 weeks of May (Pfingsten Break, or Pentecost in English, a Christian holiday) every year in Tarifa, the southern most tip of Spain. This year, I am tagging along for the free transportation (yes, that’s right- we are DRIVING in a car from Bavaria to Spain- pray for me). Saturday, they will drop me off in Valencia where I will start my trip. After a couple of days solo, I’m meeting up with a great friend from my freshman year of college at UT San Antonio. Lillian and I haven’t seen each other in almost 5 years so it will be quite the reunion! I’m staying with her and her family in a house near Valencia for a few days, then we will all drive back to Madrid, where they live, and I’ll stay at her apartment 2 nights. From Madrid, I’ll say bye to Lillian and head down to Sevilla, where I will land in time to watch FC Bayern München kill Dortmund in the Champion’s League final (you better believe I will be wearing my jersey!). After checking out Sevilla for a few days, I’ll meet up with my host family in Tarifa and spend the last stretch of my trip with them. One thing I’m really excited about is taking a day trip by ferry to Morocco! So I will actually be stretching this trip over 2 continents- Europe and Africa!
When it comes to traveling, I am totally a let’s-wing-it kind of traveler. I don’t like having a lot planned, I don’t spend hours doing research, I kind of just go for it. I like having open ended plans and having room to change things if opportunities arise. Don’t get me wrong, I make sure I have enough previous knowledge to know what I need to see, but I enjoy much more taking recommendations from friends who have been there and setting off to discover the cities for myself. This is actually totally opposite of my personality because I try to plan just about every other aspect of my life, so I love getting to open up this other side of Hailey a little more when I travel.
That being said, I know which cities I’ll be in which days (pretty much..) and where I’m sleeping. I’ve gotten some great recommendations on sites, restaurants and night life from friends who have lived/travelled to these cities. But apart from that, I have no plans and I am just excited to enjoy the sunshine of Spain for the next 2 weeks! Can’t wait to tell y’all all about it when I return!
hasta luego!!! (my spanish really is awful…)
A few pics from my last time in Spain: