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Ola Madrid

We seem to be in Madrid. The marquis, who has a cold, decided mid-week that he needed a break -- fie on all this conrunning -- and, being unable to finds late season skiing with a Sunday departure (because the laundry must be thought of), settled for swords instead -- and the largest collection of swords and armour he knows of that he hasn't yet seen is in Madrid, so...
So here we are, in the Chamberi district of Madrid (pretty) at the Hotel Orfila (very posh -- a bit alarming -- and very friendly) with a plan to see a large amount of fine Gothic armour tomorrow. This is our third attempt to do so, earlier ones having been thwarted by such things as snow and very unfriendly check-in times. I am half expecting the collection to be shut for polishing, but mainly hoping it isn't, as a marquis with a cold deserves some armour to cheer him up.
Also, we forgot the camera.
How is everyone today?

Skirt of the day: jeans. Skirts and small planes are not a good match.


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Apr. 7th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
Just about recovered from the convention!
Apr. 7th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
Are the prices lower due to Spain's economic wreck? Or are they jacked even higher?

El V's going to be the oderaterator of the panel on Celtic music and Latin Jazz at the Cervantes Institute here. It's kicking off the Spain-sponsored music festival here in NYC, out of what remains of Spain’s budget to promote Spain’s culture and arts. El V's been asked to play the NYC host for many of the performance events.

Gads, I adore being among the Spanish!

Love, C.
Apr. 8th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
The prices seem to have held from 4 or 5 years ago -- Spain tends to be cheap in some ways compared to the UK. there are signs of the economic problems -- emptyshops and so on -- but there are alsolotsof people working hard and trying to get on with their lives despite the banks, which is good.
(no subject) - al_zorra - Apr. 8th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 7th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
have a wonderful and relaxing time!
Apr. 7th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hi! ::waves:: So good to see you!

Hope you have a lovely trip.
Apr. 7th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful and well deserved.

We are girding our loins for all the extension work coming up. Not that we're planning on doing anything physical ourselves you understand.
Apr. 7th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
ConCrud has just about deserted us and we've had our first proper weekend!
Apr. 7th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
You can have it back if you'd like. I've been sneezing hard all day.

(And I'll take this opportunity to say thanks to you and Kari, and to the ConCom in general, for the card. It's the first time a concom has done that.)
(no subject) - la_marquise_de_ - Apr. 8th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 7th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
No camera? Dang! Well, have a wonderful trip!
Apr. 8th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
I thought of you when I realised we'd forgotten it. As it turns out, the Arumuria Real doesn't allow photographs anyway and only have a very elderly catalogue for sale. with pitures which the marquis dismissed as inadequtr. Which is a shame, as it contains some wonderful gothic plate, and a collectionof armour made for various Infantes in childhood, which is exquisite.
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Apr. 7th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a wonderful place to get away. I hope you see lots of swords and armor.
Apr. 7th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
How lovely! Have a great time, armoured or not.
Apr. 7th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
We're all well, especially Humbug who has become fully self-feeding on crunchable bunnies. Not even gushyfudz can bribe him to come in, though he does turn up for snuggles eventually. Then out again without bothering to eat his breakfast. The rest of us are gardening, marking, revising, and playing endless video games. Teen D and D day tomorrow. With pink cup cakes made by the priest of Spode.

Have fun and armour in Madrid. I shall expect a full report on your return. At this rate, we may not make it to Galicia in August, so Madrid in October half term might be a good alternative...
Apr. 7th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yum, crunchy bunnies! What's not to like?
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Apr. 7th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
I hope the armour is viewable and the Marquis finds it therapeutic. Eat some interesting tapas for us.

Still working my way through Fuchsia Dunlop - tonight, chicken with peppers and fermented black beans, and choy sum with chillies - Michael managed to buy choy sum in Sainsbury's!

Apr. 8th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
It's a truly excellent book.
So far, we have ahad very good localfood in the hotel -- chilled dill and cucumber soup, and really lovely morels -- and drunk some flinty and pleasant white wine.
Apr. 7th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
Mmm, Madrid. Eat some tapas for me. Also, the wines are not to be sneezed at. Please to explain to the Marquis, no sneezing...
Apr. 8th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
I will tell him.
You would like the armour: it's very odd and intricate and curiously decorated. You would also like the brewed-in-house toasted beer we found in a local bar (we said'Chaz would like this' as we sipped. It came with pickles.)
Apr. 7th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a good idea! Good luck getting to see the armour.

I have had a pretty lazy weekend, which I think I needed, and I feel pretty much recovered. Thank you for asking!
Apr. 8th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
We saw it, and very fine it is too, though P is underwhelmed by the catalogue, whose pictures are not good enough, apparently.
Apr. 7th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
Have a great time! Re forgetting the camera, do you have cameras in your phones? It's quite hard to be without a camera these days.
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Apr. 8th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yes please! And thank you.
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