Today’s Top 10

As I sit in my practicallyemptyexceptforthecatfood apartment, I can’t help but recall so many different events or moments of our Spain trip.  So I thought I’d turn it into a Top Ten kind of post.

My top 10 favorite moment of the Spain trip:

10. Missing my first flight out of Milwaukee.  I run on what Adam likes to call “Benson time” and expect everyone else to do the same.

**While this is one of my favorite, laughable moments in hindsight, at the time it was the first of many panic-stricken, crying moments during my trip

9. I asked an old man to take a picture of us in front of a fountain. He didn’t quite understand that there is no need to put your face up to the camera to look through a hole but rather there is a nice shiny screen to view instead. We had many pictures of our feet and surrounding trees to say the least.

8. Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.  Okay it wasn’t exactly swimming.  I quick dunked my body in because it was absolutely too cold to actually swim around in and not spend the rest of the trip in a state of hypothermia.  But definitely, a surreal feeling that I will never forget.

7. The botanical gardens in Valencia were pretty cool and had all kinds of trees, plants and flowers from all over the world.  The best part though: the cats of the garden.  Tons of cats just roaming around. I chased every single one of them but Adam wouldn’t let me pick them up. He said they probably had fleas and lots of diseases.  I still beg to differ.

6. Adam’s general denial of us ever being lost even if we so clearly were.

5. We got paella in El Plaza del Mayor in Madrid. Last minute we decided to add a ham and cheese plate to our order. Turns out it was an 18 euro plate.  Our faces when we first got the bill were probably priceless.

4. Flamenco dancing in Valencia! Thanks to a tip from a friend(ahem, Rachael), we found this awesome intimate Spanish bar which has live flamenco shows multiple times a week.  We sat right in front, got a free drink and experienced an intense and fun dance, singing and guitar playing time.

3. The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia was architecturally beautiful and breath taking.  Not to mention the Wisconsin connection. The same architect designed the Milwaukee Art Museum.

2. Standing in front of a Picasso mural and feeling extremely small.  I’ve heard that seeing the Mona Lisa has the potential to be disappointing, but there was no disappointment when I saw all the Picasso’s in Sofia Reina Art Museum. 

1. I’m sure this was expected, but it is all the same necessary.  My favorite moment of course, was getting to see Adam again.  Seeing the person that keeps me in the right direction on a bus route or to laugh at me when I complain about being hungry, tired or too full(which I did a lot) was the best part of the trip.

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