Day 1: Spain

October 23, 2015
La Plaza de Espana

I’ll be honest. Seville and I had a rough start. In order to leave room for spontaneity (like scraping the south of Portugal in favor of Morocco), I generally don’t make plans very far in advance. Flights, accommodations, hell even continents are usually planned for with just a few days notice. I find this to be the best way to travel, but it certainly has its downsides. It’s usually more expensive and, occasionally (but quite rarely), you run the risk of not being able to find a place to stay. Such was the case with Seville.

It just so happens that I arrived in Spain on the weekend of a holiday: Dia de la Hispanidad – when Spain celebrates its discovery of the Americas thanks to ole Chris Columbus in 1492. This usually doesn’t mean much more to Spaniards than an extra day off work, but it causes places to book up like mad and prices to skyrocket. I searched and searched and searched some more. In the end, I was able to find a shitty hostel for which I paid 95 euros for ONE NIGHT. That’s right. I paid over $100 American dollars to share a damp room with eight other people. To be honest, I was just grateful to not be sleeping outside, but when you’re on a budget you usually spend $100 for 3-5 nights – and that’s a NICE hostel that includes breakfast.

For an extra flare of drama, it happened to be cold and rainy when I arrived and the warmest clothing I have are workout leggings and a cardigan so thin it’s see-through. This trifecta of terribleness caused me to shift into full on pity-party mode. Cut to me crying into my beer at a bar, feeling homesick and lonely for the first time in nearly a month of traveling. Mildly pathetic, I know. But I was mostly discreet about my crying. Later that night I called my family and some friends, giving me some much needed perspective and by the time I laid my head down I was feeling much more optimistic.

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Maria October 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

    You are SO loved!! And so happy that when you hit post on this entry, that you could turn around and see your family next to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply margarethenney October 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Now I just need you to come and visit!

  • Reply Shane October 23, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Maybe you could set up a gofundme website or something similar so we can all live vicariously through you :-).

    • Reply margarethenney October 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

      I would feel like the biggest leech, but I can’t say I hate this idea ๐Ÿ˜‰ Another friend suggested setting up a gofund me and have people pay for gross stuff they want me to eat around the world… any takers?!

  • Reply The Weller October 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    It must have been a great birthday celebration for your mom with your family yesterday. All the sweeter for what you had just been through. We’re having fun following your blog, Margaret. We’ll be traveling along with you in spirit.
    Love, Aunt Kathy & Uncle Steve

    • Reply margarethenney October 30, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Hey guys! Glad you’re following along. Back on my own again and off to Bali tomorrow – bring on the sunshine!

  • Reply Lisa October 25, 2015 at 2:42 am

    So happy to see an update and even happier to know things have improved !! Have a great time in Spain with the family!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ƒ

    • Reply margarethenney October 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Just sent Mom and Dad on a plane home to you ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now that my favorite distractions are gone I’ll have more time for blog posts haha

    Leave a Reply to margarethenney Cancel Reply