Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
15Trip End Jul 04, 2008
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Seeing Alberto was a bit strange. He looked different. He had a girlfriend. He was renting his own flat and had his own job. He was away from home and nowhere near Vigo. It was strange. We wanted to catch up, but we weren't familiar with each other. I'm sure I looked much different as well. I had longer curly hair. I'm in grad school. I've matured. I'm sure I'm more fit than I was back in 1999 as well. So much has changed. Underneath it all I could still feel that he's my brother. After the awkward catch-up talk, we were able to reminisce about all the good times we had back in García Barbón. He didn't really show his excitement, but I could tell he was. He couldn't wait to call up his mom and tell her that I was there with him. As such, we made plans that I would visit her in Vigo. Oh, how times barely passed. Eight years isn't much, but it's almost a third of my life. And to think I only spent 6 months over there too, only two percent of my life.
To show me around, we decided to go on the path behind the flat near the creek. Cris was there, as well as Lluis' girlfriend. Cris is actually from Brazil, so we took the opportunity to practice the Portuguese
The next morning I didn't wake up until noon. So nice to wake up late for once. Plus we were up late last night celebrating Spain's win over Russia. That day we went to Llavorsí which is a town where three rivers meet. It was neat to see the different colored water join up. At that point, I had no idea how I was going to leave this place. I knew I had to get to Vigo and plus I wanted to take a jaunt into Andalucía for a bit. I didn´t know if Lluis was going back to Barcelona the next day or if he´d be able to take me to some train station or what. They all thought I´d be staying for a week or so. I didn´t even plan to be in Rialp for more than two days, but I couldn´t leave just then. I had to really cut down on my destinations just to get to see everyone. But this journey was all about seeing people all over again, so that was fine for me. So that day I was able to figure out that I´d leave on Sunday then go take a two day journey to Andalucía and then finally up to Vigo to finish it out. That night, I was able to show Alberto some photos and he was able to show me what his last seven years have been like.
On my final day in the Pyrenees, it was Lluis´ birthday
In the morning, I woke up and got ready. Lluis woke up as well for the journey to Lleida. Alberto said the previous night that he would come too to see me off. But he was nowhere to be seen. We hadn´t said our goodbyes the previous night, so I was worried. Lluis was ready to go. I had to go and knock on his bedroom door and basically shake him awake. He quickly got ready and we set off. We got to the train station after a silent car ride. When they had left, it took me a while to realize what had happened. I had visited my Spanish brother. And in just a few days, I´ll see my other one. Didn´t really catch at first. Because it really just felt like yesterday but being at the train brought me back to present day.