Last days in Plasencia -- heading north
01.06.2012 - 18.06.2012 28 °C
School ended with a lot of tests and a bit of a fizzle for the girls. It's not like in the US where there are year book signing parties, end-of-year parties and both jubilation and sadness at the year's end. However, for Andy and me, the end-of-year kept getting more and more bittersweet. Several days after the end of our teaching, Andy went back to his school, IES Gabriel y Galan, to take a class photograph of his 4 de ESO (this is equivalent to 10th grade in the USA). When he arrived, only the teacher and one student were in the classroom. Andy asked: "Piedad, where are all the students?" Piedad just shrugged her head and said "Huh, I don't know...they're supposed to be here..." And then it happened...Andy had his own personal...
Andy was supposed to pick up our niece, Eden, on Friday, the girls' last day of school, but she missed her flight, so the pick-up got pushed to Saturday. Just as well, as the rear window of the rental car (a 2012 Peugeot Partner Tepee) spontaneously crumbled on Friday afternoon. Several phone calls later to the Auto France car leasing company and we had ourselves an appointment at an auto glass repair shop in Madrid (for the next morning).
On Saturday, June 16th (Happy 17th birthday to Ansley!!) we woke up at 4:30 am and drove the Peugeot Partner Tepee rental car, sans a rear window to the airport. Other than the wafting odor of horse manure and the "whooshing" noise of passing cars, we scarcely noticed the absence of the rear window. We arrived at the Madrid airport, contacted Eden (she had our other phone) and got ourselves to the shop in the center of Madrid. While the glass was being repaired, we took a bus to the Atocha train station and walked around.
We returned to Plasencia about 4:00 pm and poor Eden went right to sleep! We woke her up a few hours later and after eating walked down to the Plaza Mayor. Sunday, June 17th was all about packing and cleaning and cleaning and packing and making preparations for a birthday/end of year party. To those who came by, thanks for helping to celebrate Ansley's birthday and the end of an amazing year!
And so while one phase ends, another begins. A time for us to travel through some different countries in Europe; countries we only know by name or by their historical context. Our first stop brings us to our wonderful friends in Duenas, who provided us with our first ever couchsurfing "surf" experience. Everytime time we visit, we share stories, food and wonderful times. This time they surprised us with a wonderful birthday cake for Ansley and a present for her. Nos encanta a esta familia!