Today was a day of travel, to say the least. Awaking at 4 am to see off my UofHawaii homegirls - they are off to other parts of Eastern Europe, I then packed up shop and put myself on a train to Vienna. Why Vienna? Simple, the only way to travel light is to ditch your gear. Our hotel in Vienna was kind enough to store my luggage while I travel around so I figured I´d stop in and drop off some more stuff for them. So that was Budapest to Vienna. From there, I needed to catch my flight. Well, that just so happened to be in Bratislava, Slovakia. So, again, off I go. Another train to a bus to an airport. From there it was off to Barcelona
! The flight was smooth and I had good company throughout.
Then it was a bus for an hour´s long ride to Barcelona. Unfortunately, being a tired traveler with no map and no money in a country you are not familiar with at midnight when the metro is about to close is not a recipe for success. Luckily, through the guidance and help of strangers, I caught the last metro towards my hostel. Then, of course, an hour of searching the streets with no map until a kind lady at a hostel gave me a map and circled where I had to go. Long story short, it was an interesting day. No complaints, it was just interesting in a way that I have not experienced yet on this trip. Thus far, the ïnteresting things always involve amazing architecture or people. This time, it was coordinating travel , trusting your gut and making things happen. Luckily all worked out for the best...
With no set schedule I am not sure what tomorrow brings. Sightseeing? Beaches? Both? We´ll see, it will, of course, be interesting.-Jon