Ah well, that is actually all I have to say about myself today. So, I am going to take this opportunity to go backwards a bit and post some of my notes on the trip that Matt and I took to Madrid last July to look at housing. (The benefits of moving gratis of a corporation. Thank You, Oracle)
|Well, I did get this off the internet and it is a little fancier than the meal I had, but|
the food is quite good, and I really appreciate that they use real metal utensils.
All quite Spanish as I was to discover. Or perhaps just not American.
The airport is an immense, modern affair. It has some of the organic quality that I associate with Gaudi’s architecture. But it was remarkably empty.
As good Americans, Matt and I had arrived with an agenda and planned to get right to work. We wanted to buy a map and a dictionary, look at the neighborhoods, on the outskirts of the city, where we were most likely to find a house, and go to some stores to see what price differences there are. Our bodies insisted on brief naps, but soon we were off in our rented car. But how strange: the streets were nearly empty and the stores all closed. Plenty of parked cars but no people. We ended up at a mall that was closed, but oddly with the door open. We walked in and used the restrooms. Had the people been teleported?
At 3:00 in the afternoon we were in the nearly empty town center of Aravaca, a suburb of Madrid. The sun was punishing and we were hungry. Fortunately, 3:00 is just in the middle of lunch time here and we found an open restaurant. One of the odd little contradictions in Spain is that they don’t seem to be in a hurry to serve you at restaurants, but once you order it comes almost instantly, and then you are given all the time you want to enjoy it. In fact, as Americans you are given a good deal more time than you actually want. That will be one of my goals, to enjoy meals at a Spanish pace. Another goal is to learn enough Spanish that I know what I am ordering. All in all I really like Spanish food, very fresh, lots of vegetables and fruit. But this was not the first time I had gotten a type of fish that I was not keen to eat.
|Okay, this is from the Google Images too. But you get the idea. |
Squid, octopus and others unknown are quite popular here.
|One of the dancers, his sign was much enjoyed by the crowd |
"Somos solos" -- "We are single"
|What better place for a cell phone conversation?|
Postscript: This has been written over the course of a couple of days. Adele and Iris have had two good first days of school, and are safely back in the roost.