Hola a todos!
It has finally happened, we have arrived in Salamanca. It is everything I remember and a bit more. Parky and I have been to Salamanca a couple of times now and spent a total of about 4 weeks here, but today was my first time to go outside in a t-shirt. It was a fresh 9*c, but at least it was above zero this time.
We arrived at 1:30am yesterday in the 'madrugada' as the Spanish say. Madrugada means early morning in Spanish, but not early morning, like I just got up and had a cup of tea. More like I've just finished dinner, had a glass of wine and now it's the madrugada so I'll go out and meet my friends. It's beautiful that our host families had no compunction with meeting us at 1am. It's just a perfectly normal time to meet someone on Sunday in the madrugada.
We were all pretty tired. We met at 1:30pm at the School of Languages on Friday, got to the airport at 3:30pm, left at 6:10 and spent 3 hours in Melbourne before boarding our international flight to Dubai.
13 hours and 30 minutes later we landed in Dubai (I slept 6 hours on that flight, which I think is more than everyone else combined). We spent a good 7 hours doing some window shopping and using some free wifi in the Dubai airport before boarding a plane and flying 8.5 hours to Madrid, going through customs, getting on a bus and taking a 2.5 hour bus journey to Salamanca with a bunch of students from Venice who were waaaaaaaaaay more energetic than us and sang bass-driven, upbeat euro-pop melodies for the whole two and a half hours. When we arrived here is was 6:30am in Australia, on Sunday thank you very much!
Here are some airport photos. I have about 70. They were really fun to take and seemed really interesting at the time, but in the cold light of day they are just photos of people doing some poses in the inside of various airports.
See you tomorrow for another update :)