A New Record - hours in the air
Trip Start Nov 13, 2010
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So back to leaving Chillhouse. Sig (Norway) and Marie Theresa (Ireland) had left a day earlier to head south to Patagonia Chile – yup, hooked back up with Sig from Guayaquil, Montanita and Vilcabamba….part of the Sig, Tony and Deb Excellent Adventure Tour…..Tony couldn’t make it to Argentina cause he is exiled still in Ecuador……..As it was so cold and wet, Antoinne, one of my lovely gay guy hosts, decided I should take a taxi to the bus because of the rain. Good.
So wait I did, and shop and eat and people watch….by the time I started thru the process I was tired already. I had packed all my important stuff into my backpack that I was going to carry on as I knew I had tight flight changes and worried that my checked in bag wasn’t going to make it. And I figured I should get used to carrying some weight in a pack as the long walk is just days away….. nothing like training at the airport!
So this is how the day unfolded – (Two Air France and a KLM) and lots of airmiles.
Buenos Aires airport – wait 5 hours to get on plane.
Fly Buenos Aires to Paris – 12 hours – really long flight, packed full, good French movies though.
Land in Paris, wait 1.5 hours, change planes
Fly Paris to Amsterdam – 1 hour but plane is late by 20 minutes…
Land in Amsterdam, wait only 45 minutes, change planes…lucky it was in the same terminal
Fly Amsterdam to Madrid – 2 hours – land in Madrid…..oh so tired but wait….
My bag did made it and it was pretty light…cause everything heavy was on my back…..Figured I could still stand up so I decided to take the subway to try and find my hostel…….cheap cheap.
Arrived in Madrid – 30 degrees, hot hot after being cool, cool for the last little while. Had directions to the hostel…….ended up, in 5 pm to 7 pm rush hour traffic on the subway……4 different subway lines, change here, change there…so many stairs….thank god for the lighter bag…..this Madrid subway is not as easy as most to figure out. New and fast but the signage is odd….I think I had been in every subway station, every line in Buenos Aires…really really old – still using the original wooden trolleys from the 1900’s on one line…..old but cool…..and each ride only cost 25 cents!!! I think the cheapest Metro in the world.
Madrid – 1 Euro a ride – about $1.25, so also a good deal. I finally came up to the surface at 7 pm…..walked a few blocks, down a side street and voila….an apartment building and when I rang the buzzer the answer was "Deborah???" Nice. But the owners of the apartment speak no English – nada, not a word and apparently they do not understand my new found Spanish…must be my South American accent!
So the week in review…..
Monday, Uruguay, Tuesday, Argentina, Wednesday, Argentina, Thursday, France, Holland and Spain…..and it is not even Friday yet!!!!
So, this cheap routing only took 26 hours, bed to bed, I am too tired to sleep but Madrid looks fabulous already!!!!!