Could it have been any more stressful?
Was our longest day yet for different reasons.
Firstly, it was one of the farthest distances we were driving in able to drop off Leo and get to our hostel in Barcelona. At first everything was going smoothly but the weather worsened and with the fog thickening it was too late to notice some policemen hiding along the road. Like everyone else in Spain we were driving faster than the speed limit but unfortunately Leo sticks out like a sore thumb. Chelsea was driving Leo at the time and the police officer spoke minimal english. After 2hrs sitting along the road and the police checking her ID's (confusing as she worked in Ireland, had a Canadian license and is from Australia) she was charged with speeding but also invalid driver ID (she didn't have her EU license and had been living there so long her Canadian one expired without her realizing...oops!). Apparently the total bill came to 700Euros! But non of us had that cash and we would be stranded in no-mans land, so the officer claimed that if she paid half in cash right away we would be able to drive on. We found out later that this area was known for crooked cops looking for an easy bonus, but we had little choice in paying up...we just wished he hadn't taken up so much of our time as now we had the problem of re-arranging our drop-off time.
We eventually borrowed someones phone and called to explain we would be late. Phew, no late fees. However our last days adventure was not over as we passed through Barcelona's web of highways which we seemed to continuously make the wrong turns. The torturous roads didn't seem to end and we had to call again and finally met the Wicked coordinator at his house. He was a young Aussie man who after hearing how much grief our last day was drove us directly to our hostel! We were so relieved at this final ray of sunshine in our crazy day and quickly ate some tapas before heading to bed. Despite the chaos and the headaches we were all happy to have explored and experienced so much of Spain and Portugal. However next time we will definitely spend more time relaxing, eating and drinking GOOD wine!