International, Travel

“Two Roundtrip Tickets to Spain, Please.” Part 2

Honeymoon: October 2010

Two days after the wedding, we boarded our non-stop transcontinental flight from Miami to Madrid.  To say that we were excited would be an understatement.  We still had no real idea of what we would do when we got there, but we’re smart and knew that we would find a way – it’s not like we were traveling to another planet.

Now, let’s fast forward through the not so interesting experience of getting to the Miami International Airport at 11 am while mentally reviewing the contents of our single suitcase to ensure we had everything we would need for our two-week adventure.

After an uneventful eight hour flight, we land Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport.  Now the fun really begins … once we get off the plane and collect our single bag, we head over to the concierge desk to book a hotel in Madrid.  Funny thing about this is that the desk didn’t open for another two hours!  At this point, we were exhausted – no real sleep on our red-eye flight, landing at 6 am and now having to wait an additional two hours at the airport for a hotel room.  Now, this was in 2010 – prior to an iPhone in every hand and connectivity EVERYWHERE.  So we sat … and waited.

Once we secured our hotel – a three-star in Puerta del Sol – we hopped on the train and took a 30-minute nap while we were whisked off to our final destination.

tragabolas_en_la_puerta_del_sol
Photo Credit: Santiago Diaz via Wikipedia

For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the little hotel we stayed in, but I do remember walking in and thinking “well, at least there’s a bed.”  So we did what every season travel will advise you against doing … we fell asleep in the middle of the day.

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