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Trip Report Back from Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla and Torremolinos

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Sooo, it's almost 3 weeks since we returned from Spain. Wish we were leaving tomorrow instead! It was a very, very good trip, I enjoyed Spain immensely.
Be forewarned - this TR is going to be a long one. Please feel free to tell me I am going into too much detail if necessary :)

A little background: DH and I were accompanied by DS age 27, who flew there from Chicago, and DD age 24. They were with us for the first 6 days - 4 in Barcelona and 2 in Madrid, since DD only had a week off between college and her first clinical rotation as a PA student. When I had planned the trip, she was supposed to have her first rotation in Portland ME where she goes to school. Surprise! Her first rotation turned out to be in Brooklyn, NY so we had to pack up her apt in Maine Friday evening after her last final, drive back to Boston Friday night and leave for Spain the next day. Needless to say, the last couple of weeks were pretty hectic.

DS was flying to Barcelona from Chicago with a 45 minute connection in NY which he almost did not make! We were reaching Barcelona on Mother's day (unplanned but a nice perk!) and it would NOT have been a good Mother's Day had he missed his flight. Luckily, he made it and landed about 2 hours before us. We were happy to see him waiting near the baggage carousels and walked out chatting animatedly. We proceeded to the Lebara counter outside to buy our local SIM cards, only to realize that we had forgotten to pick up our luggage! Never having experienced that before, especially at an international airport, DD & I went to try & retrieve our bags while the guys figured out the SIM cards. (10 euros for 120 minutes and 1 GB of data I think). Getting back in wasn't too bad, we had to show our passports and boarding passes ( which I had almost thrown away - lesson learned) and luckily our bags were still circling on the carousel.

Away to the taxi stand we went, armed with phones and bags. We were supposed to call the apt mgr when we took the cab but it took us a while to get through, we were probably dialing the country code when we weren't supposed to or vice versa. Anyway, we finally managed, the apt mgr spoke to the cab driver & told him where to drop us since the apt was on a pedestrian street.

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