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FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS PALMAS - COLLEEN'S TRAVEL BLOG
My next stop on my Eurotrip was Las Palmas, a small city in Spain’s Canary Islands. I like these diary entries because they show the darker side of travel. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, even in the city that has the “best climate in the world“. I was experiencing culture shock and learning what it would be like to be on my own in another country for the first time. And then I got sick. This is NOT how I feel now, but I was definitely really upset at the time. I feel so bad for this person who took 20 minutes to find the right kind of mantequilla at the grocery store. Sunday, August 26, 2018 Somewhere between Paris, France and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain I ate potato chips for breakfast this morning before heading out to the airport. I was so proud of myself for managing to get to the airport using the train system. Unfortunately, I went to the wrong airport and missed my flight. Shame on me for not realizing that Paris, one of the largest cities in the world, has more than one airport. Anyways, I had to buy another ticket to Las Palmas and hang out at Charles de Gaulle all day. CDG is not one of those fun airports where you can wander around, drinking overpriced beers and getting drunk while you wait. I basically just sat in a chair, stinking to high heaven, watching Bachelor in Paradise on my laptop. When I finally boarded my flight, I was shook to discover that my flight to Las Palmas would take over 4 hours. Apparently Las Palmas is as far from Paris as Los Angeles is from Cleveland. Also, I had no idea where the Canary Islands were. I thought they were in the Mediterranean. But they are in the Atlantic, just off the coast of Morocco. My Airbnb rental is meant to be a digital nomad co-living space. However, I am pretty much the only person here. My room has a window to an atrium rather than to the outside, which is apparently quite common here. My room also has a door to a little patio at the bottom. However, I have not used it because there is a family in another room with a window to the atrium. Also, other windows overlook the atrium. So basically I would just…