We´ve arrived! After almost 30 hours of traveling by car and plane and bus we landed at Hostal Goya off the Plaça Catalunya Tuesday night and restored ourselves. Our New Year consisted of first departing from SFO in a United Airlines sardine can packed full of a couple hundred travelers flying transcontinental. We were impressed with neither service nor amenities and actually experienced fellow travelers attempting to create smoking sections on the plane. The highlight of the trip was Roberto, a Basque who has lived in both Barcelona and Mallorca and who currently teaches at Davis and Sac State. He was an amassador of Spanish friendliness and enthusiasm and gave us numbers for family members just in case we needed anything. Depite my inital anxiety and claustrophobia, with Jesse´s presence a godsend, I survived my longest flight ever with only average discomfort. We landed in Frankfurt at a remote gate – meaning out on the tarmac – exited into the frigid cold and bussed to the terminals. Four hours, several lines later and a few new friends later, Swiss Air transported us to Zurich. Although reaching peak exhaustion, the Zurich airport was design heaven for Jessica, Swiss Air was uber-nice and efficient and we both agreed we would like to see more of Switzerland.

We collected our baggage promptly in Barcelona and bussed easily to Hostal Goya where we were immediately provided a warm and friendly atmosphere to restore ourselves. We have enjoyed long sleeps and short walks and are now prepared to navigate our way to Mallorca today by ferry…

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