This is probably the realest that I will be with any of you guys. I don't have classes Friday which is super nice if you want to go and visit another country for a 3 day weekend. Well this was not one of those weekends. We had a mandatory 2 day weekend trip to Zaragoza. Those things are nice because it take people such as my self to places where maybe I would not go to visit. Well Zaragoza is a city in Spain and thats about it. No just kidding.
On Friday my group meet at the school at 8:30am to embark on a 4 hour ride to Zaragoza. We did not end up leaving until 15 minutes after 9 because people in the other group was going were not answering their phone because they were sleeping because they had spent the night partying. Well they never showed and we left, annoying I think so. I did not sleep the countryside was too pretty. I live in Round Lake, Illinois and its a 4 hour drive to Springfield, Illinois and all you see is cornfields. This drive there were mountains, terrains of plants that looked funny, and random farms much better than cornfields. We arrive to Zaragoza and it is alot colder than Barcelona and it was rainy.
We walked to our hotel, Paris Hotel how fancy, just kidding no but really it was really nice and the workers were super nice. We check in and we had 10 minutes before we had to check in and me and my roommate had to go to the bathroom so bad. But the lights in the room were not working so we went to the bathroom anyway and we had to ask our next door neighbors how to work the lights and you had to push in the card on the wall, very eco-friendly. We had lunch then got a walking tour of Zaragoza and the take us to see the Roman Ruins, the Cathedral, and another Cathedral, Pillat that was hit in the Civil War of Spain and there are still the bomb holes(they are covered from the roof but you can still see the hole from the inside, then the Arabic Ruins. We had the rest of the evening to our self. So what else did we do, shop. We looked around at shops on the Rambla which is like the main road geared towards tourists. There was a Disney store, and a bunch of little shops.My little sister wants me to buy her boots from Spain for a present and she gave me specific kind but still not specific. So I was walking and found a shoe store that was having a big sale and decided to go in. I found a pair for 22 euros which I thought was pretty good deal since most are like 40 euros. So I bought them.
Now here is the for real part. So there was talk about going out for the night to a bar. To get into most places in the night life you have to dress the part. Usually for the bar it can be jeans, a nice top, and boots or heals. A discoteca its a dress and heals. and whatever you do you cant wear tennis shoes. I did packed to just go to a bar but I didn't pack nice shoes! I could kinda wear the boots I wore for my sister and she would have never known if I had worn them. We got ready to go out and get dinner and we were going to go find a bar for the group. We went to a fast food restaurant, not like a McDonalds or Burger King, they sold bocadillos and stuff for 1 euro. Me and 4 other girls went to go look for a bar for the night and we were walking, walking, and walking, and we did not see one we liked. We finally came across one that we liked but we had no idea where we were and didnt think we were going to be able to tell the rest of the group where we were. We told the group where we were and they said they were going to try to find it. We had a good time I only drank coke and the bar tender laughed at me for ordering a coke, but hey I dont drink. So we were chilling and the bar closed at midnight so we decided we better go and find the rest of the group because they ended up just stopping at another bar. This bar was super crowded and the rest of the group already had too much to drink and it was like 1am amd I was ready to go back and it was getting to crazy that some of the more aware people were like yeah we better get back to the hotel. Well that was probably the worst experience of my life, we had to corral the people back to the hotel and it didnt really work and you had to like lie to get the people back to the hotel. It was difficult and it was cold and I was tired. We split into groups because the really messed up people were like oh no we are not done yet, its too early so my roommate stayed with them to get the group back and she gave me the room key and I had to stay up and let her in, it was only like 20 minutes later but 20 minutes of me freaking out. Well my foot was killing me when we were walking and I was like oh I must have left a tag in the boots. Well no there was a staple in the shoe and it was under the sole and it kept sticking me and I had cut up my foot some( I ended up taking the boots back in the afternoon the next day and getting my money back, im still looking lil sis! The people looked at me funny when I returned them but they did give me back the money. )Well me and my roommate stayed up talking then watched some tv and my roommate wanted to go to bed and we didnt know how to turn off the lights so we just pulled out the card. I had to cokes and I was so caffeinated and I could sleep and then my neighbors came in and they were super loud. Then there was a knock at the door and I had a little freak out like who in the world could it be. So I answer it and it was one of the girls who was in my group but not from IWU and she was drunk and didnt know where her room was so I had to direct her to her door(she didn't say anything in the morning and nor did I), then the people next door came in and were super loud. I finally feel asleep at 330.
I woke up at 730 am freezing! Since we had pulled the card out and turned off the heat and we felt like geniuses. We got a complementary breakfast I had frosted flakes and it was so good, I'm kinda sick of corn flakes. We first had a tour of Aljaferia and it was the winter castle of Ferdinand and Isabel. Now it is the place of Aragons Parliament. It was super cool! There is still some of the original flooring, of Ferdinand and Isabel. Then we had a tour of the Roman Ruins, we saw the amphitheater, the museum, and the baths. Then we got a tapa(one tapa and we were all hungry). We we had more free time for 2 hours were we mostly got lunch it takes that long to find a place then sit down and get the food. Then we chocolate con churros with the whole group and the hot chocolate was like pudding and the churros had no sugar on it. But if you dipped the churro had chocolate on it, it was yummy. Then it was a four hour drive back. Then I got food poisoning I am pretty sure it was from the lunch and yeah that was not very fun. So I ended up not going to church since I stayed up late last night in the bathroom and I still have a sick feeling in my stomach. Oh well keeping hydrated like a nursing major =) Salsa dancing Tuesday!