notes from dulles.

28 Jun

I’m waiting to board the final leg of my flight right now in the Dulles International Airport and lo and behold – free wifi! What a pleasant surprise, America. It’s like you knew I was coming back.

The trip so far has been relatively easy – the morning began in Madrid at 6:30 am when our trusty landlord, Ángel, came to collect the utilities for June we owed him. My roommate Kerren and I shared a cab to the airport (poor thing is stuck in Frankfurt for the night due to technical problems) and after a few hours of hanging around the airport, I boarded my flight to DC. The most amusing thing that happened at the Madrid airport was a young child crying over “mi café” and his mom saying (in Spanish) “I know you want coffee, but sorry, you’re not getting any.” Poor guy.

The 8+ hour flight to DC was long – I watched a bunch of non-descript TV shows and the (mildly funny but weird) Ed Helms movie, Cedar Rapids.

Setting foot in America for the first time in over 9 months left me with a tiny bit of sensory overload – going through customs, picking up and re-checking bags, and going through security was a nearly seamless process. Also, walking through the terminal and seeing Mexican food, pretzels, smoothies, and a Wendy’s was mind-blowing. I headed straight for Starbucks and had my first real iced coffee in ages, served to me by a friendly, chatty, salesperson. There are some things about America that are truly amazing, and I’m looking forward to rediscovering everything it has to offer!

It’s love:

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Oh, an important 100 Montaditos update: Last night, in an attempt to order #70 (Pollo Asado con Salmorejo) the server misread my “70” for a “10.” With that mistake, I knocked another new one off my list. So, the final count is 91, with the last one being duck paté. I am sure your lives feel more complete now knowing that. You’re welcome.

6 Responses to “notes from dulles.”

  1. Kaley [Y Mucho Más] June 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    The first experience, including the airpot, is always a bit overwhelming…using the money as well.

    • gillian June 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      Agreed. I have yet to use American money but I know I’ll be so confused because the bills are all the same size!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. Sarah June 30, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    omg a Cien Montaditos challenge? How have I been missing out on this?! That place is awesome…The Mister could pretty much move in there and be super happy.

    • gillian June 30, 2011 at 8:27 am #

      Haha, thanks! I don’t know how I am going to survive without that place in the states! 🙂

  3. Ameena June 30, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Stepping foot back in the USA is always overwhelming for me, even after just a couple of weeks!

    • gillian June 30, 2011 at 8:28 am #

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! So far customer service is the thing that seems most unusual to me.

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