It took a while but tiger mama finally let go. This tigress is leaving her home in the cold climate of Canada this summer and will be traveling to sunny Spain! For some seasoned travelers this is probably a walk in the park, but (aside from some school trips abroad,) I've never traveled without my family. Because of that, I am extremely grateful to my Spanish friends for welcoming me into their homes with open arms; I cannot be more blessed. So much talk about southern hospitality in America, this must be Spanish hospitality.
Spain at the moment still feels like a dream. Only a week ago, I was sitting in front of my laptop and plugging in travel dates into Priceline.com. Up until then, I was still comparing flight prices and would only get increasingly nervous each time I signed on, knowing that once I made the purchase there would be no turning back...
When I finally decided that I was ready to make the jump...I couldn't do it.
For 20 minutes I sat there with my sister by my side, as I kept
"Are the dates really okay?"
"Is this airline reliable?"
"Did I put down the right airports?" (because that would suck)
*rinse and repeat*
It was frightening because I didn't want to make a mistake that could cost me a grand. And even though I knew all the information was right, I still couldn't bring myself to make the purchase because everything would become concrete...eventually even my sister got impatient and shouted, "If you don't buy it, I'm going to do it for you!!"
And so, with shaking hands (and some good ol' peer pressure,) I finally pressed the oh-so-scary "buy my tickets now" button. Then...reality hit. I am going to Spain.
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