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Just a little longer…

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Ok, ok…I was supposed to use this to give frequent updates as to my year of culture-swap and general insanity.  Partly because of a lack of regular and reliable internet access, and partly down to having too many other pressing things to do (when living literally 1 minute from the beach, one tends to take advantage of such things…) I haven’t posted anything.

But: I have photos, I have anecdotes to regale you with and I have some observations to put forth.  These will come shortly, I promise.  Be waiting with anticipation.

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September 24th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

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He llegado en Valencia

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Hola a todos.  Just a quick post to say I’m alive, and have arrived in Valencia, with it’s wonderful Heron City entertainment complex, and cafés that give out lucky cards that have landed me a pair of green flipflops.  Awesome.

It wasn’t entirely painless getting here, though.  My 36kg of bags were over the weight limit, so I wasn’t sure if they’d be nice and just let me take it anyway; after all, it’s not the busiest of flights.  But no, I have to pay (although, thankfully, not for the whole excess amount!).  And this is where things suddenly turned a bit sour.  It transpires that my “Iberia” flight was in fact a code-share for their budget airline, ClickAir.  It would’ve been useful to know this little bit of information before.

We all know budget airline means uh-oh for excess baggage, and uh-oh it was.  Eighty quid it was.  With Iberia, it should’ve been 50€, i.e. considerably less.  I feel a bit conned by this…surely I should’ve been told when I booked the flight it wasn’t Iberia operating?  The price I paid too for the ticket in the first place wasn’t that of a budget airline.  It feels like fraud!

Anyway, I am here and that’s good.  Tomorrow it’s more travelling with a train journey to the town where I’m attending language school.

Buenos noches.

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September 6th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

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