|Feast for the eyes on the top floor of El Corte Inglés|
The difficulty was compounded because I was away from home from mid-August 2013 to January. My journey to realize another dream began in August with purchase of a Gulf Stream Vista Cruiser in Pennsylvania and a month of mostly solo RV rambling west across the U.S. This travel journal originated with that trip, and someday I'll post the highpoints. In October, I joined Rich in New Mexico where we spent the next three months caring for his dying father. I've squeezed in a couple of additional RV trips this year, but that's another story.
|River at Parque Juan Carlos I|
|Olive groves at Parque Juan Carlos I|
|Ruins at El Castillo de Alameda|
on the outskirts of Parque Juan Carlos I
It's also a week of Madrid soccer. On one long neighborhood walk, we round a corner to find the Real Madrid futbol stadium looming ahead. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu dwarfs most U.S. football stadiums, but surprisingly is surrounded by Burger King, TGI Friday and other tastes from home. That night, we are invited to join fans of Atletico, the other Madrid soccer team, watching a game in the back room at Casa Vincenta, a neighborhood restaurant favorite. Saturday night, we join the crowd packing C. Vincenta for the Real Madrid versus Barcelona game, a major rivalry. For once, Rich was not the loudest one in the crowd yelling, "Vamos!"