Truly, getting there is half the fun! provided you keep a sense of humour. Arrived at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport with lots of time — which meant I had to wait two hours to check in my luggage. I had a book with me so after browsing through a few stores, I found a comfy chair and sat and read. Now this is a book I brought from home that looked unread and I didn’t remember it so I figured it for the perfect read — a medieval mystery. About a third of the way through, I decided I had read it but as I can’t remember who ‘done’ it, I’ll read it to the end.
Eventually got my suitcase checked in and went through security with my NEXUS card in about 5 minutes time. (Love that card!!). Lots of fast food places at the Trudeau Airport but only a couple of nice restaurants; none with a steak sandwich (something I’d kind of had my heart set on) but found I wasn’t too hungry after all. Turns out they served a dinner on the plane which didn’t take off until 9 pm which I thought was a bit late for dinner but I had a free glass of wine anyway. When they had everyone on board, my upgraded seat gave me a perfect view of them trying to close the door — took them 5 tries to get it down to the floor and then into place!?! Read a little, watched a bit of Peter Rabbit, and slept a bit although not as much as I would have liked.
Arriving in Barcelona Airport, there were no customs forms to fill out, the line moved well, and then it was just a question of finding my Welcome Pickup driver. We did connect and had a pleasant ride to my hotel with Josef pointing out a lot of the sights along the way. Apparently, check-in time at my hotel is 2 pm and I arrived about 11:15 so I sat on a sofa and read. At about 1, they said they had a room for me. While it is quite tiny, it is on the top floor (9 story hotel)and has this lovely balcony where I’m now sitting writing my blog. I unpacked and set the time and alarm on my Samsung camera (which I haven’t used much; it’s actually a phone but looks like a real camera with its zoom lens) to have an hour’s sleep before heading off to Monserrat for the 3 pm tour. Didn’t hear the alarm; don’t know if it worked or not.
Then, I couldn’t figure out the safe in the room. The last person to use it left it locked but open and I required a member of the hotel staff to reset it, then it worked great. Left my valuables behind and went ‘walk-about’. To get to know my neighbourhood a bit. Found the metro station where I can buy a bus pass for the time I’m here, a lot of outdoor cafés, little alleys that taxis actually drive down, and a lot of grafetti around this city and lots of balconies. A bit reminiscent of parts of Quebec.
I made my first purchase which I’ve been eating while I write my blog on my balcony and I now have some change in Euros. Tonight I’ll try dinner in the hotel restaurant which doesn’t begin serving until 8 pm. Not too long to wait now.
Tomorrow I’m off to see the sights!!! Until then, Adiós!