Bienvenido a España

I’m nearing the end of my trip as I arrive in Spain, but most definitely the beginning of meeting up with some friends and family! I’m not the only med school grad criss-crossing the European continent before residency begins back in the US in July… I was able to meet my aunt, uncle and cousin here in Spain. Lastly, I have a friend from college who now calls Munich her home, as well as my new friend from along the backpacking trail. Fingers crossed that I’ll see them all, however briefly, over the next few days!

I arrived late Wednesday night to Madrid following a delayed flight from Edinburgh via London Heathrow. After a quick bite at the hostel the next morning I left to meet my family who coincidentally was staying at an Airbnb just around the corner. We jumped into the cars and took off towards the northern mountains. As we went winding up into the mountains we got absorbed into the mountain mist. We caught glimpses of the snow capped peaks and crested over to staggeringly beautiful views of the northern plains, stretching out in gorgeous green as far as the eye can see. We stopped at Él Escorial to walk around the small area (sense the sarcasm), and visit the Palacio Real de la Granja de San Ildefonso.
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Lastly we end up in Segovia, where we wander the ancient streets, and take in the gothic cathedral and aqueduct.
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We also share a truly special moment where the owner of the restaurant we had lunch at came out to tell us the story of her family’s restaurant and to help present their delicacy: suckling pig… This is supposed to be such tender meat and crunchy skin so that you can cut it in half using a plate as your knife. This honor was awarded to me, so I did as instructed: dedicated the pig to my friends, cut the pig with the plate, and smashed the plate on the floor. I’ve always wanted to  throw a dish so that rewarding, and of course the pig was as promised and absolutely fantastic. 
I hope to have a full day in Madrid tomorrow before I head to to the airport for Munich!

Elsie

Stolen

So I would have loved to share the many beautiful photos test I took when I was in Glasgow, particularly those of a Socttish wedding that I took, but unfortunately my phone got stolen on Sunday morning and I have nothing backed up (port hostel wifi). That also upended my plans to go see my old family town of Annbank near the more well known town of Ayr, as well as the Highland games up in Gourock, as I spent most of the day trying to find my phone. After I finislly admitted to it being stolen I spent a significant amount of time trying to secure my accounts and getting new access to everything on my new temporary UK phone. 

Anyway, the rest of my time in Scotland has been lovely and I will happily share my stories and photos from Edinbourgh and the surrounding area. 

A sleepy arrival in Glasgow

I’m at my hostel in Glasgow after my first experience traveling by overnight bus. First off, I have to say, that my initial thought upon boarding was that crazy bus in Harry Potter that you can hail with your wand and has a wacky assortment of characters. However, I must say that the trip was actually quite smooth  (no flying for us) and I slept nearly the entire time.

I’m going to grab a quick bite and then start my exploration of Glasgow.

London calling

I was able to experience the Eurostar high-speed train this morning from Brussels to London, and it was lovely! It’s a good thing I arrived early, because I have only 1 day to explore London before the overnight bus to Glasgow, Scotland tonight. Wish me luck!

Elsie

P.S. There’s supposed to be wifi on the bus tonight, but if I don’t post until tomorrow morning, don’t fret! I’m not anticipating great upload speeds, if I’m able to post at all.