lazy day time!

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today was a very lazy day of relaxing, doing laundry, catching up on email, and wandering through the city some more.  i spent a couple hours shopping in el corte ingles - word to travelers: it´s like a one stop shop!  it´s about 5 levels or so of clothing, toiletries, sporting goods, electronics, an oversized supermarket - anything you could possibly want.  and there has been one in every city thus far.  i don´t know if all of them are fully loaded like this one was, but they sure are all huge so i would imagine so.

upon boarding the night train to valencia, i found they had put a frenchman next to me, who i swear looked like a poor man´s version of barack obama.  he sat down, took of his left shoe, slowly pulled off his left sock and proceeded to pick skin off his toes.

herbs and tea!
  no joke!  i couldn´t make it up if i tried.  and this was before we even pulled away from the station!  i had to step outside to get fresh air and composure because i realized it was going to be a very long night.

throughout the remainder of the train ride he continued to contort himself and put his feet up on the tray table, invade my personal space - he wanted some of my water!  and he kept bugging to switch seats with me so he could sleep against the window.  both of these requests i denied multiple times by the way.  at one point i said to him ´keep your coat off me and stay on your side of the seat or i will make you bleed!!!!´  ...okay not really but i should have!  but i did tell him to keep to his side!  this was in english of course, so i´m sure he probably didn´t really understand, but my tone said it all!  were my french good enough we would´ve had it out!  i don´t care if he in fact was barack himself and we were in the white house, we still would´ve had words!  this man was annoying and put on this earth to punish me.

the streets of granada...
  he´d cough openly all over everybody, burp louder than anything i´ve ever heard, and then at one point i woke up and he was gone and i thought ´yes!´ but then i looked down and he was on the floor!  half of him was in the aisle blocking people´s passage, and the other half was under the seat!!  needless to say i couldn´t wait to get off this train!  (funny that i was just marvelling at the wonders of train travel and wishing i could do more of it like... two days ago.) 

so when i woke up after 6 i started getting ready to get off in valencia at my 7:05am stop, and i pulled out my ticket to double check and nearly cried when i saw the arrival time for valencia said 5:05am!!!  i don´t know how or why, but i was positive we were supposed to get there at 7:05.

local market...
  but nope, surely enough the ticket said 5:05.  the thought of dealing with this man all the way to barcelona made me want to jump off the train while it was still moving.  thankfully, must´ve been by the grace of god, the train was actually late and it turned out we hadn´t yet reached valencia.  whew!  when we finally did, i hightailed it outta there faster than i´ve ever moved...

bernard69 says:
sorry 4 u!
Posted on: Jan 13, 2009
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lunch spot for the day...
lunch spot for the day...
herbs and tea!
herbs and tea!
the streets of granada...
the streets of granada...
local market...
local market...
hanging in the grocery store... ta…
hanging in the grocery store... t…
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