Monday, 5 August 2013

The Bear and The Strawberry Tree

I missed my calling yesterday, i.e. I was too busy to sit down and write a post. Actually I was less busy this weekend than I'd originally planned to be, but yesterday I spent a good part of the day with some friends from Texas who should be well on their way home by now.

It's always good seeing people you don't often see and remembering old times. I worked with Sue many years ago. She was laughing about the time she, another girl and a boy from my university had gone to Granada to see the world-famous Alhambra and had spent the day walking around in the rain. Later on they decided to find a hotel and go have something to eat. When Don, the boy from my university, went to take out his money that he'd put in his shoe, he discovered the notes were sopping wet and falling apart, so they had to go to a bank to exchange them. Another time I remember he and another person got locked in the abstract art museum in Cuenca (the Hanging Houses).

As for my photo, it's from Madrid. It was taken the summer that Spain won the World Cup in football (soccer). It's the symbol of Madrid and can be found on all the official documents for the city. The statue itself isn't an old one, at least not when I think of old in Madrid. It's from the latter half of the 20th C. I finally changed my cover on facebook and put this photo up. I hope it's more interesting than the spinach dip photo I had to post.

I don't know why everyone is saying good-bye to summer already. It's still summer hot for us. As a matter of fact we're in what's usually the hottest part of the summer. The saying goes that Madrid has 9 months of winter and 3 months of hell (9 meses de invierno y 3 meses de infierno), and we haven't had our 3 months of hell yet.

My friend Chris had to change her plans and go home 3 days earlier because her father, who is terninally ill, was rushed to hospital. Please keep the family on your prayer list. Hope everyone has had a good start to the new week and that the days ahead are just as pleasant.


  1. I am still praying for Chris and her family, Brenda.

    I would love to see that sculpture up close and in person!! Thanks for sharing the photo.

    It is nice that you got to see old friends and share fond memories!

    It is still summer, here in Florida, with temps in the 90s and humidity in the 90s also. It is steamy and hot, hot, hot. We won't see pleasant temps until October.

    1. So I guess we could say Florida has 9 months of hell! We sure are lucky that Madrid isn't humid in the summer. It's a lot more humid in winter here.
      Thanks for the prayers

  2. I love it when you post photos of the town, I've never been to any of the interesting places in Spane, I just had one holiday there in a very touristy holiday resort.....I'd love to see some of the 'real' country. Ah well, maybe one day :-)

  3. Thanks, Loretta. I'll try to post more photos of Madrid in the future.