Monday, October 1, 2018

Back to Spain

Rachel and I spent the day "working" in her living room. We each sat there in front of our computers, but I'm guessing we were cruising along at about 20% efficiency haha. We'd work, we'd talk, we'd go to lunch, work, talk, go to campus, work, talk, go to dinner, talk, drive to the airport. Overall, I had a good trip, a nice visit with Rachel, and a productive meeting. Right now it seems worth the effort, but I'll let you know tomorrow after this 8 hr red-eye to Madrid followed by a quick jump to Sevilla and the bus home from the airport. It's currently 3:40am in Sevilla. I expect to get to the flat sometime around 6pm Sevilla time. Still a lot of travel between me and home.

During one of our walks today, Rachel and I passed by the statue of the University of Miami mascot, Sebastian. I took a picture of Rachel next to Sebastian:
You can probably tell that the sun was beating down on this whole situation. Rachel's grimace is due to the fact that the bronze statue was about 4,000 degrees.

This evening, we went to Swenson's for dinner. I had a pretty good club sandwich. Rachel had a salad. It was a large salad, so she took half home for lunch tomorrow. Here's one last selfie for the road:

Walmart Sunrise

Got up bright and early in UT this morning. I don't think I ever really transitioned over to the Mountain Time Zone. That's probably fine since I've got to get back to Spain tomorrow anyway. The sunrise this morning in Orem as I was heading to my car to drive to the airport was beautiful. The mountain to the east of the hotel across Utah Lake was well lit.
This is possibly the most iconic photo of 'murica you could take. In the foreground you have the vast expanse of the roof of a Walmart. In the medium distance, the billowing US flag. In the distance, the mountains majesty.


Not much to report today. Flights were all on time. I flew Southwest to Phoenix, then over to Ft. Lauderdale. About 6.5 hrs of air time, but low stress and efficient. Rachel picked me up at FLL and drove me to her place. We made a quick pit stop at Taco Bell for dinner. My temporary bed on Rachel's couch is all made up. I'm just sitting here waiting until 10:50pm when I can check into my British Airways flight back to Spain (Sevilla via Madrid).