1. I should have paid more attention in Spanish.
I wish I could go back to younger Christina and tell her, yes, this Spanish will one day come in handy. I remember learning about train platforms, paying at the cash register and papeleria's. Well we got confused at the train station, bought a bunch of stuff- and I saw a papeleria (didn't really believe that existed!).
This trip would have been 10x better if I could say more than, gracias, la cuenta por favor, and quiero un tall latte.
2. Spain has got it going on.
The trends we saw whilst walking the streets were fantastic. We both wished we would have snapped more photos.
a. rat tails
we saw too many to even believe. Both young and old. And always not necessary.
b. sandals with backs
Almost every girl was sporting gladiator sandals with a back heel/cover (what do you call that??). After leaving, I was thinking I wanted some. Not sure if it was because everyone else had them...
c. hammer pants
yep- I couldn't believe it either, but these pants were everywhere. Let's hope this isn't a trend that crosses the Atlantic!
I saw many people wearing striped shirts, but I love this! Wish I would have brought mine to look like a local!
3. I hate street performers.
And Spain had some of the worst. I will give them credit for their creativity. In SF we usually have the spray-painted-silver-dude with the mouth thingy that makes noise. Spain's went above and beyond. But to a place I did not like. I do not like to be scared, so I do not appreciate when people hide/dress up as things that look like they shouldn't move. Scaring me will not help you get money.
And, dressing up as hello kitty or mickey is one thing. But at least keep your head on. Lifting it to take your oh-so-important phone call removes all fantasy of your outfit.
4. The Mordoff's have too many camera's
ok, I can't really say much since 1/2 of those are ours. But I think we have single-handedly kept Nikon in business this year. you're welcome.