Well, I’ve had our eight weeks in Alora booked and paid for – for months!
I emailed Mark at Finca Finex today to confirm we’re arriving tomorrow night – and got an email back saying “Yikes! You’re here tomorrow? We have you coming on the 22nd” – a week away! So, suddenly as we are just about to catch our flight from Athens to Madrid – all we have booked for a week is a night in Madrid!!
That’s okay! Although it hits our budget, we looked for accommodation in Seville and book three days from 15th Sept to 18th Sept, still leaves three days until we can check into Alora, but we don’t want to commit for a week until we see a) what the hotel is like and b) what there is to do in Seville.
Then we go to book the train from Madrid to Seville on 15th September – no train available until 17th September!! That puts a spanner in the works!
At 2pm this afternoon, I was a little stressed because we will get into Madrid airport at 10.45 pm and Eric insists we get the metro to the hotel – about an hour – then we will wander around for a while finding our hotel (google maps says 6 minutes; but it is the middle of the night in a strange city – I’m allowed to be dramatic! 🙂 )
When we wake the next day, we have to work out how to get to Seville OR how to change our ‘super cheap’ Sevilla accommodation to a couple of days later and stay in Madrid.
BUT THEN – not only are there no train tickets, but they are between $107 and $167 EACH! Cheaper to hire a car it seems; we’ve seen prices suggesting $35 AUD for 3 days! BUT, we’ll be driving out of Madrid on the wrong side of the road, with no practise! Bummer!
So, I was a little stressed at 2 pm. Then more stressed at 3.30 – when we realised we’d booked the wrong date for Alora. Then we found Seville accommodation, so less stressed by 4 pm, THEN mega-stressed at 4.50 (just as taxi driver arrived) because we don’t know how to get to Seville!
About to board our flight and Eric has been googling on the super-slow free airport WIFI – no solution yet!
I need a Hungry Jacks Whopper – chocolate won’t do it!!!
Airfare Madrid to Seville will be approx $450 AUD (blows the budget) – checking car hire prices again.
So, our Greek sojourn was excellent and our new Spain experience has begun with some challenges. Here’s to some satisfactory solutions (aka we don’t have to sleep at the side of the road, hitch-hike, get mugged and/or murdered!!)
I’ll let you know how we go! (OBVIOUSLY we survived, because I’m writing this – but more detail to come!)
Stress is good for you! In small doses. Kind of like chocolate!
OMGG…I need a nap after reading that!! What a palaver…I mean, ‘adventure’! Well managed, Trish and Eric!!! Here’s to peace in Alora! And more sangria! xoxo