Oh, No! Not Again!!!
Trip Start Apr 18, 2010
47Trip End Jul 07, 2010
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While I was packing I had the Spanish news on TV, and all of a sudden they had some breaking news and went live to the Barcelona airport. From what I could make out in Spanish all the airports in northern Spain were closed due to yet another giant volcanic ash cloud from Iceland. Of course I immediately panicked since I was leaving for the airport in the morning to catch my flight to Ibiza
The next morning as we approached the airport by bus I could see planes taking off which was a very good sign. Now all I had to do was deal with Vueling. I went to the checkin counter, placed my luggage on the scales, and began to take out my credit card in anticipation of getting screwed yet again with overweight fees. To my surprise the woman just handed me my boarding pass and said "Have a good flight!" I was shocked. I said "How much does my luggage weigh?" She said "It's ok, thank you!" WTF? Now I know my bottle of shampoo did not weigh 5kg, so either she let me slide on whatever extra weight I had, or Sleazy Jet's scales are off in their favor to screw travelers
With the airport operating normally, my flight on schedule, and not having to pay any luggage fees, I was feeling much better about my travel day. So, with plenty of time until my flight I decided to check out the airport and grab a bite to eat. The Barcelona airport is brand new and HUGE! It has a gigantic mall inside with dozens of shops and plenty of food choices. I almost did it! I almost broke down and ate at McDonald's, but then I said to myself "No, I'm here to experience Europe". So I decided to eat at a really nice European deli. I grabbed some kind of basic sandwich they had already made and a bottle of coke. $15!!!!!
For those of you playing along at home, take a bottle of coke out of the fridge and let it sit out for about 45 minutes until it's barely cold. Then take 3 slices of bacon (Unless you can find cured Iberian Jamon), cook them for about 1 minute then let them cool to room temperature. Buy a small French Baguette and make yourself a sandwich with the bacon and bread. No cheese. No mayo, mustard or sauces. And No lettuce, tomatoes, or other veggies. Finally to complete your experience, reach into your wallet or purse and take out a $10 and $5 bills, walk outside, and set them on fire. There you have it! A little slice of Europe, right in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy!
I made it to Ibiza ok, but then getting to my timeshare on the other side of the island proved to be it's own logistical nightmare. I ended up having to take 2 different busses jam packed with locals, and a taxi to get to my resort, but I finally made it. Ah, paradise at last….. Or is it??????