The original plan: get to Madrid from Barcelona on an affordable overnight bus, saving one night’s cash on our hostel (they’re relatively more expensive here: ~$15-$20 USD a night!).

Unfortunately, I learned the hard way (in other words, almost at the last minute) that buses do not run overnight on Christmas Eve. And Spain’s hi-speed railway cost about $100 USD per person. Therefore, in the name of saving time and money, I settled on the ironic choice of taking a flight: a surprisingly low airfare of $60 USD. And we would save 5 hours on transportation.

…but not sleep:

 

 

5:30am wakeup call. 5:45am we leave the hostel. Take the metro at 6am. Get to the Airport shuttle at 6:15am. Get to the airport at 6:45am. Check-in at 7am.

 

 

And 4 hours later, we find ourselves in Madrid.

 

 

…and reuniting with the final 2 members of our posse at Cat’s Hostel.

 

 

Prelude is over. The trip has just begun.

 

- At time of posting in Madrid / Cuatro Vientos, it was 9 °C - Humidity: 34% | Wind Speed: n/a | Cloud Cover: n/a

 

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