Today was definitely beach day. We had to wake up really early to catch the train to Vigo, so our cab arrived at 5am. It was really funny because we didn´t know how quickly a cab would come, so we ended up calling one thinking we had 10 minutes to finish getting ready. Gianina looked out of our window after we called around a minute later, and the cab was already there – I don´t think we could have packed any faster!
We managed to get in the cab before he left us, but by then we had racked up around 3 euros extra in charges – a lot considering the base price is 4.25 euros. We made it to the train station in plenty of time, and sat down to wait for our 5:47am train. We didn´t have assigned seating going to Vigo, so we claimed the 4 chairs in front of a table. We watched Gianina play Solitaire for a bit before she taught Amairani and I how to play War. I was too tired to finish the game so I gave my deck to Amairani and went back to sleep. We arrived in Vigo at around 7:50ish, and wandered around trying to find a cafe. We managed to find the ferry station and bought our tickets for the 11am ferry (apparently the 10:15am ferry was booked, which was why we couldn´t buy tickets online the previous night).
After sitting around for a bit we managed to find a nautical-themed cafe directly across from the ferry station. Gianina stuck to her choice of a croissant, while the rest of us had churros con chocolate as usual. After breakfast I went upstairs to the bathroom to put on my bathing suit. We still had a bit to wait so we decided to walk around on the pier for a bit, especially since it was no longer so freezing (or windy). By the time the boat came in we were ready to go, and quickly got in line. We managed to snag some good seats on the top of the boat, and were rewarded with amazing pictures – and cold wind in our faces. I am extremely glad I decided to buy a beach blanket, because it was the only thing keeping me warm. I definitely was not thinking when I wore a flimsy dress!
When we arrived at Las Islas Cies (a National Geographic-documented beach) the sand was gorgeously white and the water was definitely blue. We got off our boat and Amairani and I immediately found a good spot to lay down our beach towels and tan. After exploring for a bit, Gianina and Hanna joined us. Amairani and I were woken up from our naps for lunch at the cafeteria, and we all got chicken and vegetables on fries. I got an ice cream cone afterwards, and it was definitely a good decision – the vanilla had a chocolate syrup center!
After lunch we decided to check out the other beach – it turns out that I had forgotten Las Islas had a nudist beach, because those men playing Baywatch were definitely lacking the red shorts! After fixing our tans by turning over on our backs, Amairani and I met up with Hanna to find Gianina. She had walked ahead to check out the lake and the lighthouse, but we eventually caught up to her (and managed to get some pretty awesome nature shots on the way). It turns out that the journey to the lighthouse and back takes around an hour and a half – time we definitely did NOT have.
After boarding our 6:30pm ferry we got back to Vigo with roughly an hour to spare before our train ride. We went to the mall and got some snacks to tide us over during the train ride, and I got a leather jacket from Mango on sale! While chilling outside the mall we saw a wedding procession – everyone was so stylish and the band was really cool. We then went to the train station, and this time had assigned seats (luckily we were paired up). We definitely hit the jackpot going home because our cable car was filled with college-age males, but unfortunately they were leaving on an earlier stop. We had dinner at the cafe because we were too tired to walk around. Gianina had a ham n´egg sandwich, and Hanna, Amairani and I ordered bacon and cheese bocadillos. I was too tired to check out the night life in Santiago de Compostela, so I decided that “shower then sleep” sounded like a good plan. After my hair finally dried (curse the lack of hair dryers) I crawled into bed and literally passed out – I definitely was not packing tonight!