I missed my connection from Madrid to Casablanca. Oops. It was partly my fault and partly the fault of the Madrid airport. By the time I got to Madrid I was tired from traveling and was confused by a similar flight leaving for Casablanca on a different airline. No one in the airport could find the flight number of my reservation and kept pointing me to the wrong flight. By the time I realized I was in the wrong terminal it was too late to get there. The next flight that I could get was two days later, on Friday.
I’m actually glad I missed my connection, being stuck in Madrid was fun and it was a simple reminder that this is a vacation, and I just have to work with what comes at me. The only downside was that I cut Zac and my time together from 9 days to 7 days.
As I mentioned before, I’ve been working full time and going to school for the past two years. The only way that I could possibly juggle both of my lives was to have a schedule. I had plenty of free time over the past few years, but it was space allotted within the schedule. I am travelling instead of taking the summer to work on my thesis to be free from a schedule. I never totally had the college experience where I was completely free, and so these six weeks are dedicated to that freedom. My missed flight reminded me that I have a structure to my vacation, but I’m ultimately free from a schedule.
I happened to have a friend from high school doing a Fulbright scholarship in Madrid, and he took care of me during my extended layover. We walked to beautiful parks and ate yummy empanadillas (tuna with tomato/red pepper paste wrapped in dough and fried). It takes a while for me to recall Spanish, but I have two more opportunities to practice – Malaga and Barcelona.