Today Sanem got her Schengen visa. So I said “It's time for me to get my ticket for Barcelona.”
After agonizing over it for hours, -the early flight doesn't suit Carlo, he doesn't want to get up early, I can tell from the way he answers and I do not want to ask him for more sacrifices for me. I know he would do it and it's fine, but I want to manage with as little inconvenience to him as possible. I have dragged him to so many places and put him at unease enough. If there is to be a sacrifice for this mission, it should be on my part. At least most of it. I mean Carlo is basically paying for my trips anyway, I pay the tolls of the roads.
Thing is... Even though Andorra seems just a spit away from here, it takes almost a whole day to get there as there are no airports in Andorra. You need to fly to Barcelona and then take a three and a half hour bus. Given the landing time and the schedule of the buses, there are a couple of hours lost waiting at the airport too. If I go at a decent time for Carlo, I'll be getting to Andorra late at night, in the dark and cold that is. Then I need to find my around and walk to the hotel. Plus, those times are also the more expensive times for the flight.
Then there is the return. That is another pain. The flights that return at 22:00-22:30 would suit me better to get back from Andorra to Barcelona decently, but then, there are no connecting trains from Fiumicino, Rome to get back home at that time. Carlo needs to come pick me up.
There are basically two low-cost airlines flying to Barcelona. Ryanair and Vueling. They both have three flights in and out of Rome every day. What is the best price on which days and with which airline going and with which airline coming? That is the question.
Considering this and that, that day and this day, I decided to go on the 14th afternoon, arriving late in Andorra, then coming back early in the morning of the 16th. I'd sleep at the airport on the way back, the night of the 15th, I don't mind. Then I can get back by train in the morning, pick up the car from the station to come home. I clicked the flights and had them ready to approve to buy the tickets.
“I'm buying this,” I informed Carlo.
He came over and had a look. “You'll be having only half a day in Andorra,” he said.
“Yes,” I said. But other options caused transportation trouble for Carlo. Plus, Andorra was a small place anyway. Even though I would have preferred to stay longer, I could do with what I had.
However, in the end, I changed my mind and bought the late-returning ticket which would allow me two nights and a whole day in Andorra. “You come pick me from the airport then,” I told Carlo.
The next step is arranging a place to stay. The reception of the hotels I find close at 21:00 and there is no way I can make it there before 21:30 with that flight. It never occurred to me that check-in times would be limited and now that I have bought the plane tickets, I am constricted. I have to match the price and check-in times. So I stress around some more. This time trying to find a suitable hotel in Andorra.
Why do I write this? Just to let you know that even the “easiest” seeming arrangement to go to someplace is not so easy. I do not like all these restrictions at all. I need to take into consideration the needs of Lara and Carlo, plus myself of course, and make a fine balance. This is not my style. I prefer to just get a one-way ticket with no time limits and wander around where the roads take me. Deciding every step on the spur of the moment. With responsibilities to others, that's out of the question.
“You've been wasting yourself,” remarked Carlo.
“Yes,” I had to agree. “I am wasting myself.” It had been hours I was in front of this stupid computer searching and clicking and trying to decide. It was way past midnight and I was really tired. In the end, I booked a place with free cancellation from booking.com, wrote them a message asking about the check-in times and went to sleep.
With “Agony and Ivory” on my lips.
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