Well, we made it. Not sure if I packed everything due to my room in Tosa being pretty messy now (sorry Mom) and things possibly lost in the shuffle, but I'll make due with what I have. And no luggage lost. All good news.
My mom drove me to General Mitchell at about 10:30am and they told me that my 12:35 flight from Milwaukee to Chicago was being delayed and that the day before, it hadn't left until 4:30pm. Since my connection was due to fly out of Chicago at 4:40pm, they put me on a bus to Chicago just to be safe. Can't have a trip go perfectly I guess! Luckily, I met a girl named Taylor who was supposed to be on that flight as well as my next one, so we ended up traveling to Madrid together. She is studying abroad for over a year (until next February!) in Palma, which is an island sort of near Barcelona. Talking to her made my measly 18 weeks seem much more doable. We also traveled with my friend Courtney from UW who was on all of my flights, so it was nice to have someone to figure everything out with.
The flight was long, especially since 2am Spain time was only 8pm Wisconsin time, so although I tried, I probably didn't fall asleep until 5:30am. Then they turned the lights on at 6am for breakfast. Not a long sleep, but that will just make tonight's even better.
As some of you can probably tell from the title of this post, a companion of mine that tends to join me when I'm traveling to foreign countries has returned. That's right. The "eye thing." At about 3am as I'm fighting so hard to sleep, I begin to feel it in the corner of my eye. Luckily my mom made me take my medicine in my carry on, so it should be gone pretty quick. Pretty typical though. Should have expected it.
Flying from Madrid to Sevilla was pretty quick. The first things I saw when I walked out of the airport were palm trees. Didn't really expect those, but they were pretty. Oh and one of the first songs on the bus we took to our hotel: Rihanna "Only Girl". Felt right at home.
After a nice meal of potatoe rounds, some type of meat, and some cold soup (they make it that way), I made my way back to my room for a nice shower, and here I am. I'm fighting the urge to take a nap, but since we don't start orientation until 6:30 tonight (so about 2.5 hours) I may succumb to the pull. Tonight we find out about our homestays (if it's with a family, senora, or couple) and will go over the schedule for the next couple weeks!