Monday, December 21, 2009



After getting delayed overnight and finally getting onto a flight that was supposed to go to Chicago but they cancelled that flight for ours…


….and after waiting 5 hours for my luggage at IAD only to finally find out my bags never left Germany…

IMG_0803  ….and after waiting in line for 3 hours while missing 3 connecting flights…




…I got the last seat out of DC to Albany at 10pm last night!!!


Never flying during the holidays again. 48 hours straight of traveling and not knowing if I’ll make it home before Christmas or not….not for me!

Thanks to all of the awesome people on flight UA 933 from Frankfurt for all of the friendship and support. It was a heck of an ordeal but the people I was traveling with made it so much more bearable – we were all in the same boat (well, flight) and bonded over it. It was great meeting everyone and hope everyone got to their final destination!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

on way home

Stuck in Germany. Snow on the East Coast. Oy.

At least I get a hotel and meal vouchers! (And internet!)



Pros: I get to say I’ve legitimately(ish) been to Germany now. And I’m not stuck in Heathrow till Tuesday, like some of my friends. Eek!

Some post-Spain deep thinking coming soon. Hasta luego!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

down comforter


Apparently, all I had to do was ask.

………Duh. Oops.

Monday, December 14, 2009

one week


Less than one week from now I will be waking up in my bed at home in the U.S.

That is too weird to think about! I’m excited to go home and see family and friends, but I don’t want to leave this place. I think that’s pretty much the sentiment all around. I’m also just realizing how much more there is to see of this city, and have been trying to cram that all into one weekend! Chris coming last weekend (still a blog post owed on that) was really, really fun, and among other things, was an awesome way for me to play tourist all over again here!

Things have been tense on and off here – finals, presentations and papers, all coupled with the fact that we have to deal with this THING, this finality of saying goodbye to the only friends and family we’ve had here in Spain for the last 3 months, these people we’ve gotten close to and the city we love that we have never previously known before, on top of all of these school stressors. It’s a strange situation. At times I’m ready to leave and just get the whole traveling/packing thing over with, but most other times, I’m scrambling to fit everything in I want to do before I leave. I’m not ready!

I’ll leave you with the video I created for our Farewell Reception last week. The songs are “Moving” by Macaco (watch the music video if you get a chance!) and “Bamboleo” by the Gypsy Kings.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

celebrity sightings

Well, not by me. But a movie Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are starring in has been filming in Boston for awhile, near my sister’s school campus. Then, a few weeks ago, they started shooting in none other than Sevilla, Spain for a couple of the action scenes! Too cool!


Although it was just their stunt doubles for the first several days of shooting, it’s still exciting! They were shooting all over Sevilla’s center, plazas and sidewalks I walk through every day. I was walking to class one morning past the bullring, which is on the main road by the river, and they were filming a car chase inside of the ring. I realize I sound like a 10 year old boy here, but…neat! I am definitely going to see the movie just to be able to say, I’ve been there!

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz arrived in town a few days ago, and were shooting down in Cadiz for a running of the bulls scene when the bulls got loose and did some damage. I saw it on the news here and it looked like the bulls were out of control! Anyway, not sure if they’re still in town, I heard they’ll be here through December but who knows. Maybe I’ll spot one of them in line at Starbucks while I’m studying one day!