Thursday, June 4, 2009


So our first stop when we got into London was our hotel "The Barn". Shawn's office is located near Uxbridge (which is in the outskirts of London). He had tried to get something that was more downtown, but ended up booking this because it was closer to work. As we were carrying all of our luggage through 'The Underground' (what they call their subway system) I was getting a little bitter because I was tired of lugging our luggage, and just wanted to get to the hotel.
When we finally got there...I stopped complaining. This was such a cute place. I know I have ventured into the London part of our trip, but let me tell you a little about the places we stayed in Spain.

Spain is a wonderful place, but they can be a little archaic when it comes to some things. I have no idea why I didn't take pictures of our rooms because it really was quite the discussion at times. When I got home, I really was kicking myself about it too! I ended up scouring the Internet and happened to find a few pictures of them (yay!).

We actually only stayed to 2 different hotels. President S. was great enough to book all of those who wanted a room so we were all in the same place. They really weren't that bad, but we did have some issues...

In Spain I don't even think you can find a King bed. The biggest bed you can get is a Queen, but more often than not...they just push two twins together, and call it good. You would think if they pushed the beds together they would make it like one bed, but no... instead you get this.

This is what our room looked like in Madrid
This was what our room looked like in Avila --notice the separately made beds. Thanks to for this pic.
They also were super firm. I don't like my bed so soft, but it has to have some give!! Sometimes I felt like I would sleep better on the floor.

The other interesting thing was the hairdryers. When I was packing for the trip I wondered if I should bring my hairdryer. In the end I decided against it because I figured the room would have a hairdryer. My mind was picturing something like this
Instead we got something more like this.
(Again this is another thing I was kicking myself for not taking a picture of...this picture is similar to the one in our Madrid hotel.) The one in our Avila hotel was even kinda reminded me of a vacuum hose. Anyway, as you can imagine, it did not really perform the way that I would have liked. I ended up having to take my shower each evening so that my hair would be practically dry in the morning. If I didn't it would have taken half the day to dry with this thing. On the bright side, it made for great conversation! (Note to time I go out of the country invest in a travel hairdryer from Target:)

So really imagine my delight when I saw this! After a whole week sleeping in rock hard beds, I was in heaven when we walked in our room.
We didn't get to enjoy it until we spent a full day in London. We dropped our luggage, and headed back into town....

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Matt & Staci said...

I'm laughing at the hair dryer contraption:)

PS. I have NO IDEA where that ladybug floaty came from? It was just at my parents house, so it could very well be yours??? I know Kylie bought some floaties at one time, so I'll have to ask her if she bought that or knows where it came from??

Palmer family said... is our blog address. Your blog is cute! I've had fun learning about your nice trip to Spain and London...keep it up! :)

Shannon said...

ooooh robes. The Barn is adorable. That is much nicer than Madrid. My back still hasn't quite recovered from the extra firm beds.

H said...

Are those really robes at the bottom of your bed there?! NICE!
And when you buy that travel hair dryer make sure you get whatever electrical adaptor you need to plug into those crazy outlets over there.

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