29.12.2010 - 31.12.2010 10 °C
Intrigued to see the landscape rush by through the train window – overwhelmingly dry. Lots of wind farms.
Also intrigued that the train was much more modern and comfortable than anything we have in the UK (and of course cheaper). Rafael tells me that Spain overtook the UK in terms of modernity in the 70s or 80s as it emerged from the Franco era (with a little help from its good old friends in the EU).
Had a very Spanish experience of Madrid so far courtesy of Mr Lloret: gorgeous tapas, red wine, arabic baths w/ massage and lots of conversation. Also a whistle-stop tour of the city by night courtesy of one of Rafael’s friends - authentic death-defying manoeuvres a l’espana included free of charge. Tour recommended; driving seriously not.
I can hear Madrid bustling away down below through the open balcony door as I type - can’t wait to hear the Spaniards make some noise around midnight!* (from the safety of my balcony) And my hereto ‘friend’ progressed in status to ‘man of my dreams’ - que bueno! Here’s to 4 more months. :-) (and eventually seeing him again when I get back)
- ’some’ is of course an ironic understatement. For some reason a few thousand people gathered in the square outside my window last night. I’m choosing to believe it was a practice run. The only other things I can think of are that they’d all got the date wrong (I know Spaniards are crazy but that would be akin to mass hallucination) or that they’d all come to welcome me to the city ‘Spanish style’ (this is of course what I actually believe, but don’t want to reveal the extent of my ego).