taking off two hours later than expected due to gale-force winds COULD have spoiled my whole long weekend, but - thankfully - it didn't:
madrid was splendid.
the wedding was beautiful, the reunions were joyous, the hospitality was
and the city - despite temperatures of nearly 45 degrees centigrade - unrolled magically at our feet. it made me wonder why i hadn't made this journey more often, and determined me to make it again soon.