I would like to give a shout-out to the 3 strangers that helped me in the metro in Madrid this morning. The 1st girl was Swedish and said she had just moved here yesterday. The last guy to help me just picked up my biggest suitcase (55 lbs) without saying a peep, hauled it over his shoulder and pummeled up the stairs like he was fulfilling some kind of amazing race challenge. Going through the metro with multiple suitcases is truly a nightmare. It’s the last thing anyone wants to do after traveling for 10+ hours, jet-lagged, annoyed, hungry and a little unsure of where exactly your hostel is, is pull 100 pounds of your crap through public transportation. Speaking of hostels, this one is interesting…. Or maybe everyone just seems strange because i haven’t slept in almost 2 day? I got here at 8:40am and can’t check in till 1pm. So I am sitting on a blue and yellow striped wanna-be chair-couch in a blue and yellow painted hallway near the bathrooms, watching the guests walk awkwardly by, probably on their way to either poop or shower. They all seem uneasy by the fact that I am sitting near the bathrooms? I don’t care though, they have clean beds, so I hate them all. I, on the other hand, have been sitting for almost 2 hours and have 2 more to go. I have seen 2 old men in here and I’m wondering why they’re sleeping in hostels. One of them is blind and has left the building twice. I’m curious as to where he’s going, why he doesn’t have a little dog, and what his story is. The owner is older as well and doesn’t seem to be at all interested in chit-chat (OR LETTING ME CHECK IN EARLY).
I’ve got that just-arrived-what-the-heck-am-i-doing feeling right now. I haven’t really slept more than 5 minutes since Monday night and it’s now Wednesday morning. I’m also pretty hungry but I feel like my mouth and stomach are too tired to chew or digest. Do you ever have moments where you can’t decide if you’re more hungry or more tired and then you go back and forth debating whether you should nap first, then eat, or vice versa? Too tired to eat, or too hungry to sleep? I think I lost the other half of my protein bar. Either that or I ate it and forgot. Or am sitting on it? I gave up looking for it after like 1 minute.
Oh how a sister needs a bed.