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Sat Mar 13, 2021, 05:22 AM

77. I was down in Spain

Friday the thirteenth, or „divendres el tretze,“ as the locals say.

I had flown down to Barcelona on Wednesday, the 11th, to be there early for a small meeting/convention on Friday. Hours after I landed, the meeting was canceled. Two guys from the States dashed to the airport, panicked that their flights home a few days later might be canceled, too. It turns out they were right. I chanced it, and remained until Saturday. On Saturdays, the usual evening flight back to Düsseldorf doesn‘t run, so I had to fly over to Madrid, and catch a flight to Düsseldorf from there.

Barcelona to Madrid is an hourly shuttle, and it is never late—except this time. I missed the flight to Düsseldorf, and Iberia put me up at some hotel near the airport. My wife back in Germany was in panic because Madrid was already being declared a hotspot. The next morning, I got back to the airport for a special plane to Düsseldorf that Iberia had arranged for people who had come in from all parts of Spain the night before, and, like me, missed their connection to Düsseldorf. Except for one quick 50 minute flight down to Zürich in April, it was my last flight until July, which was when I flew to the USA for what turned out to be my last visit. We are hoping to go again in April, but no vaccinations here until late July, so that remains unclear.

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