May 25, 2011
5/25/11 - 5/26/11 103 °F
Today was our last full day on holiday! Tony hadn’t skated very much in Spain so he started his day with a quick trip down to the skate park by the river. Ruby used this quiet time to updating the blog and work on the internet. After a quick shower back at the hotel we had the pleasure of knowing this would be the last time we would have to cram all our stuff into these tiny bags! We don’t know how much more the bags could handle but doing a trip like this will definitely test anything you bring . . . especially the bags. Levies was delicious yesterday so we went back and this time we tried the “berenjenas con salmorejo y miel de cana” one of their specialties. The flavors were really unique, crispy savory eggplant with salmorejo sauce mixed with fresh honey. YUM This would be our last lunch on a very long vacation (well other than airplane lunch we’re sure to have tomorrow). We burned off some calories by taking a walk past the Giralda Catedral, stopping to smell the orange trees and seeing if Embrujo boutique had another dress like the one that Ruby was wearing last night. Sadly, they didn’t have any that Ruby liked as much as the one last night.
We then took a leisurely walk thought the Plaza de Espana on what we think was the hottest day we’ve had in Spain. Ruby used what we think was the worst bathroom in all of Spain and we paid for it (in more ways than one). As we walked around we met two guys from New York, Eric and David who lived in Spain for school a few years ago. We had a great conversation about New York and the new adventure we would be starting tomorrow. We then tried our best to grab a late lunch but everything was closed. The only places that are open in the early afternoon are tourist destinations and bad Spanish versions of TGIF. We made a bad decision and ended up eating some fish balls instead of what we thought would be an amazing afternoon of tapas.
On our way back to the hotel we ran into our friends David and Eric again with Eric’s wife Melanie at a small bar in Plaza Alfalfa. We drank sangria and started planning her True Blood Sunday Nights with Melanie. It was so nice to meet them! Thanks for picking up the tab you guys! We must have looked so defeated as we pushed, pulled, and dragged all our stuff over cobblestone streets to the bus station. All we could think was “just one more night bus” until we get back to our comfy bed! Our new friend Melanie Bolyai is an acupuncturist in Manhattan so we may be paying her a visit when we get back to town for our backs after all these bus rides!
On the 6 hour bus ride to Madrid (our last on this trip) we could hardly breathe, we felt such an amazing sense of accomplishment. We had set out to do this trip while taking risks and making sacrifices to make it happen. We were able to go above and beyond everything we had hoped to do. We saw the good, the bad, the ugly AND the REALLY ugly about each other and other people. We were able to strengthen our trust in each other by infinite amounts. Ruby cried like the day she found out she matched into dermatology in New York—in a way, the sense of accomplishment was the same. We’re just so happy that this trip worked out the way we had planned and couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Looking out the window as the sun is setting we are thinking about all the amazing things we’d done, places we’ve been, and most importantly people we’ve meet. This has been an experience that will change us for the rest of our lives! Good night Spain!