I know that as a Christian, I shouldn’t believe in karma but some things are just undeniable. This morning, on my way to the bus I slipped and got mud all over my bag. When I got on the bus I stupidly wiped the mud off on the seat in front of me. Then I watched in horror as someone sat down in that seat. In that moment I knew, mine was coming to me. Just like a boomerang, that evil than I inflicted on an unknowing person was going to come right back to me. But when the man got up and didn’t appear to have any mud on his backside, I rejoiced. He had been spared! Not too fast there Esi. Just because he wasn’t harmed doesn’t mean something bad isn’t going to deservedly happen to you today.
Guess who just lost her car/ office/ house keys…
I think I left it on the bus after my evil deed. Karma’s a b****.
10 days 3 friends 4 countries 17 Trains 4 plane rides 40,000 ppl at Tomatina 2 booked up trains 1 extra night in Nice 2 dinners at Le Quinze Nits 12000 ft in the air (skydiving) 0 nights in bed before midnight 4 Renditions of Pretty Boy Swag 1 surprise firework show in Monaco 1 full body pat down in the airport 20 euros to get into the beach party 6 people in a room at Hostel Antares 1 Euro for Alex’s hat, purchased in Marseilles 25 Euros for an identical hat being sold on the beach in Nice 1 Euro for “Spagetti Parti” (spaghetti and watered-down wine) 7 Discussions regarding the notes used in the French train announcement jingle 38 minutes of film 76 videos 582 pictures 2 skype calls home 6 times I seriously considered moving to the south of France
Haha ok. Apparently I can’t read. I got on a train today that I thought would take me all the way to my stop but apparently it was the one that only goes halfway.
Last time I made this mistake, I fell asleep and woke up to see everyone off the train, on the platform looking at me as the doors closed and took me away. (If you’re keeping track, yes I fall asleep on trains alot and sometimes crazy things happen as a result).
So this time (I was awake, thank God), when I noticed everyone getting off, I started to get off. On my way, I noticed that this guy was still sitting there listening to his headphones, unaware of what was happening. I tapped him on the shoulder and told him we had to get off (no one bothered to do this to me last time, those jerks). Right then I heard the “door closing warning music” and I jumped through the doors as they closed. When I turned around I noticed that the guy wasn’t fast enough and the doors had closed while he was on the train. He shrugged his shoulders and smiled at me.
I laughed. Oh well, at least I had tried to be a good person. He’s probably still trapped in the train down at the depot where the empty trains hang out…
Name: Roffels* (pictured above, third from left) Origin: Scotland Occupation: College drop out who listed his only hobby as drinking Where we met: Sat next to him on the train to Valencia Reason for visit: Going to La Tomatina Fun fact: I could write an entire book about my 3 hour journey with Roffles but instead I’ll make a separate blog post. Funnest fact: He thinks the American passport is the funniest thing he’s ever seen. He wants to know why we have so many pictures and drawings in it. (um, I don’t know… to remind us of the symbols our country holds dear…?)
Name: Tony (pictured above, first on left) Origin: Scotland Occupation: Studying business in college Where we met: Sat in front of him on the train to Valencia and at one point Roffles tried to make our seat turn around so that we could face Tony and the guy next to him, but as you’ll find out in my post about Roffles, that idea failed. Reason for visit: Going to La Tomatina Fun fact: Thinks the American legal drinking age of 21 is dumb (who doesnt’). Tony started drinking alcohol at 13 and everything he knows about America comes from the movies The Hangover and Superbad (let’s have a moment of silence for this tragic fact)
Name: Amy Origin: Canada Occupation: Works for Canadian Dept of Transportation Reason for visit: Traveling Europe solo on vacation Where we met: In Barcelona train station. Fun Fact: She and Matt share a passion for Light Rail so she’s going to try to hook Matt up with a job
Name: Frankie Origin: Brooklyn, NY (which apparently, according to her, is the center of the universe) Occupation: 16-year-old student at Roosevelt High Reason for visit: Traveling around Europe (by herself… at 16) visiting people for the summer Where we met: She sat near Jack on the train to Valencia Fun Fact: I’m pretty sure her “friend” she want to go see in Valencia was her boyfriend, because when she met up with him on the platform, they were all over each other… in front of his parents.
I’m a firm believer that the people you meet when you travel are always far more interesting than the sights you see, because those buildings, beaches and bridges will be there next time, but the people won’t be. Therefore, I keep a list of all of the people we met while traveling and a little bio about them. If they have an asterisk, there’s a large chance that I might do a separate blog post about them because that person was so interesting.
Making this list was a really cool experience because we talked to and met a lot of people. I’ll post a few people a day that way you don’t get overwhelmed haha.
And so it begins…
Name: Michele Origin: Peurto Rico Occupation: Architecture Masters student at Catholic Where we met: In passport checking line at London Heathrow Airport Reason for Visit: In London for sight-seeing, then Paris, then Rome to study architecture Fun fact: Since Jack and I slept through breakfast on the plane, Michele offered us a 100-calorie pack of Lorna Doodles… to split
Name: Kiara Origin: Original from Ireland, lived in NYC for 8 years, now lives in Thailand Occupation: Scuba diver instructor Where we met: On bus from Barcelona Airport to our hostel Reason for Visit: In Barcelona visiting brother Fun fact: Assured me that I would love skydiving and that I would probably want to do it again (she was right)
Name: Margus Origin: Originally from Estonia then he moved to Finland, now he lives in Barcelona Occupation: Owns bike shop Where we met: while renting bike Fun fact: Told us about life in Estonia. Apparently it was very cliquish there and people didn’t accept him because he didn’t dress nicely plus he said that everyone sleeps with each other (really though? in the whole country??), so he finally moved to Barcelona where “no one cares what [he] looks like”. Also, when we asked him how he spelled his name, his response was: “um, ‘M’… wait a minute, what is this?! a spelling contest?!”… uh, no.
Name: Jesse Origin: California via Korea Occupation: Used to teach English in Korea now wants to do the same in Barcelona Where we met: In front of Arc d’Triomphe I wondered aloud if this building was famous, he replied that it probably was and then I was shocked that someone had just spoken English to me. So of course we became fast friends. Fun fact: Gave us a bike tour of Barcelona. Hung out with him almost all day and when we left Barcelona for Valenica and came back we called him and hung out again