Let's just start with the trip over. Here are the stats:
- It took me
- 2 car rides
- 3 flights
- 4 airports
- 2 bus rides
- 1 metro trip
- and a 1/2 mile walk to get to Fernando's house in Colmenarejo.
- Total layover time: 6hrs 01min
- Main flight--
- air time: 7:33
- distance traveled: 6419km
- altitude: 11.8km
- outside air temp: -61˚C
- total time from waking up in DeLand to falling asleep in Madrid: 36 hours. Yeesh.
|Little quote in the floor of the Milan airport. So fitting. So thankful to be here.|
Thanks to my flight plan (a round trip to Milan, and a separate round trip to Madrid), I was limited to how much I could travel with. Because intra-European flights allow less baggage, I could [with a fee] check one 20kg bag, and bring aboard one, single, solitary anything (for you US travelers, that means no carry-on AND a "personal item," just one or the other).
I was worried about the 20kg limit, and I must thank my dad and step-mom for an outstanding Christmas gift they gave-- a bag scale!
All of this is to say that I'm sort of glad for the restrictions, for it definitely made the journey over here just a little bit more manageable.
|I think I ended up at 18.5kg. In other news, I have no idea why this picture came out this way, all squished and whatnot...|
On a totally different note, for some reason I decided that I wanted to braid my hair for the journey over, but any right mind would realize that leaning up against a seat for hours on end just turns it into a rats nest.
That's okay though, my new roommate doesn't seem to mind at all. Cala likes me just fine, rats' nest for a head and all : )
I'll leave you at that. More on my first day in Madrid (which was yesterday) to come...