From the moment we took our Uber ride to the airport from a friend's house in Charlotte to this very moment, a few hours before embarking on journey down The Mediterranean, we have been challenged to be out of our comfort zone. This is the time one finds if they have what it takes to overcome the various challenges that have presented itself. We were erroneously charged a fee for our Uber ride; Sharee's cell phone battery died; Rhonda's luggage handle broke; our computer was unable to connect to the Barcelona airport wifi, which was very much needed to identify our travel plans; and with little Spanish, we couldn't find anyone to help us find our tour group. However, with gusto, we overcame these uncomfortable moments not with "an attitude" but with some sense of urgency, yet a notion, that "this too will pass".
Thankfully all is well. What did this costs? A few extra dollars spent on phone calls, mobile data access, taxi fare, and lots of broken Spanish. But more important, it came with a peace of mind and that we can accomplish challenges together and not in vice; and a sense of "freedom" that we are about the choices we make. After a few email exchanges, the Uber error fare was reimbursed; Sharee's cell phone battery came to life (Hallelujah) when charged at the hotel; Rhonda's broken luggage handle was able to function, despite it's deformed look; the airport information desk was able to retrieve our hotel reservation information; and a taxi ride was needed after we prematurely exited the metro station when seeking out to find our tour group moments before the tour was to start. Whew!!
Our afternoon was spent on a 2 1/2 hour Sandman's Free Tour of Barcelona. We were the only Americans, and it made for a fun day with tour guide Tommy from the UK and a diverse group that would mirror the UN as we walked about the historic city center of Barcelona. Check out a few of our pics, including one of our seafood paella dish from Restaurante Rodrigo located at Carrer de l'Argenteria. Adios!!
Has travel challenged you in unexpected ways, making you feel out of your comfort zone?