01.01.2017 - 02.01.2017
Well, me made it safely to Barcelona! It was a really long travel day and we are all exhausted, but we are excited to be here.
Our day started off at 10:15am in Green Bay when we met our bus in the NWTC parking lot. The day was perfect for travel and we got to Chicago O'Hare in no time. We checked in for our flight, went through security and got on the plane. However, we were late boarding as it was, and after we were all on the plane the pilot told us that they were going to need extra fuel so we had to wait for them to come do that. The plane got fueled but apparently they guys who brought the fuel failed to provide the appropriate documentation so we had to wait for them to come back with that. But we were eventually on our way. We had an uneventful flight to Paris, and no one slept much.
When you land in Paris you have to go through a border patrol station. After about 2/3 of the group passed through, suddenly the border patrol officers got up and left. We were told that someone "lost their luggage" and the officers had to deal with that so the border was closed. I am guessing what they meant was there was some unattended baggage that needed to be checked out. Eventually we all got through though.
We went to our assigned gate and waited. When it was near the time to board, something didn't seem right. I looked online and found that our gate had changed. So we hurried up to get to the new gate, and found the flight was delayed. When it was time to go we had to board a bus that took us out to the tarmac to board our plane. It was a short flight over the Pyranees to Barcelona. A bus was there to pick us up and take us to our apartments. They are quite nice and very comfortable! I will post pictures tomorrow.
After having a short time to get settled, we met with Clara from Barcelona SAE to have a short orientation. Clara told us about how to be safe in Barcelona and also what to expect while we are here. After that, we headed out for a walk through the city center and eventually to our dinner location. We ate tapas at a restaurant called Qu Qu. We had maybe a dozen different tapas to try. We all agreed the food was really good. One of the favorites was a crab salad on toast. My favorite was patatas bravas. We even had mussels, which I think just about everyone tried. That was maybe the most "exotic" thing we had.
It is now time to get some sleep after being awake around 24 hours. But so far so good! Starting tomorrow I will add pictures to these blogs.