Buenas tardes from SpainGarrett Vanacore '11 | June 28, 2009
In case any of you were wondering, flying through a thunderstorm IS as frightening as it sounds.
We´ve safely made it to Santander, in spite of a few hiccups during the travel process. Our first flight, originally scheduled to leave Philly for Frankfurt (Germany) at 8PM, left the ground at about 10PM. Also, first lesson of international travel: never book two international flights with only an hour layover between them (oops). Needless to say, we missed our connection to Bilbao, and were left with a 4 hour layover in Germany. Sure, not too bad, save the five or so ¨foreigner¨ mistakes we made, probably incurring a loss of €30.
All that aside, we´re having a great time. Our mid-air thunderstorm was an experience to remember, and quickly led to the most beautiful ¨blood red¨ sunrise Martin has ever seen (Alex and I were condemned to the middle rows). If you ever have a chance to fly into Bilbao´s airport, it is far cooler than any other that I´ve seen; the rocky coastal region surrounding it is absolutely beautiful. Note: tapas are quite delicious, yet difficult to procure when you don´t speak much Spanish. And while international travel may completely warp your internal perception of space and time, the 15 hours of sleep you can get when it´s over are glorious.
We´ll post pictures as soon as our apartment gets internet. If it ever does. We´ll probably try to get a phone too. I hear those are useful.