We woke up a little earlier this morning to finish packing & had breakfast. Then we lugged our stuff out onto the street and took a taxi over to the school with Emma.
This is also where I made my MAJOR mistake for the trip: I left my backpack in the taxi, complete with all of my makeup, my camera, my Kindle, and all my schoolwork, which I will need in order to actually get the college credit. Awesome, right?
We all frantically started calling all of the Santander taxi companies and praying that the taxi driver would magically turn around, meanwhile I’m pretty much sobbing on the sidewalk. Again, awesome. Finally, we couldn’t wait to leave any longer, and we loaded up onto the charter bus for Madrid.
THEN A MIRACLE HAPPENED. Emma ended up calling Profé about 45 minutes later (which means 45 minutes of Ellee sobbing in front of everyone; yay) because SHE TRACKED DOWN THE BACKPACK, all intact. Praise the Lord. Now we’ve worked it out for Valerie (the SPI director) to get my backpack from Emma and bring it back to Texas with her when she comes home in three weeks. I’m *unbelievably* lucky, and very happy. YAY.
Anyway, after that little miracle, we drove the 5 hour trip to Madrid, with a 40-minute bus stop along the way. In Madrid, we had 4 hours to visit the Prado/do whatever we needed to do for our last day in Spain (sad!!!!). The four of us girls (Drew, Megan, Sarah, and me) went shopping for a few hours, then visited El Prado. (El Prado = one of the most famous art museums in the world! Some of us liked it more than others, slash most of us were EXHAUSTED, so we only stayed about an hour and a half.) After the Prado, we stopped by a Starbucks for coffee/wifi, then climbed back in the bus to get to our hotel, which is right next to the Madrid airport.
^We realized we forgot to take any pics today, so we snapped this one really fast outside of the Prado.
We showered & had dinner at our hotel — which is HUGE and BEAUTIFUL, by the way. We didn’t especially eat a lot today, so we ate a ton at dinner (which was a fantastic and huge and delicious buffet. I’m not sure if it was so delicious because it was really that good or if we were just starving.)
Now, we’re lounging in our hotel room and pretty much about to pass out. We’re exhausted, and we’ve got a big day of fun travel ahead of us tomorrow YAY.
As this will be our last post on our blog, we just wanted to say thanks to all y’all who took the time to read it and stay caught up with us! Clearly, we absolutely LOVED the entire trip, and it is very difficult to have to leave. We have, of course, made great friends & great memories along the way, and I know I’ll be missing our Spanish adventures for a long time to come.
We love & miss you all, and will be seeing y’all very soon — we’ll land tomorrow night at 7pm, no doubt in total exhaustion. Thanks again for all the love!