Christmas In Madrid
Tis the season to be travelling to a European Christmas fair for gifts, and as I have old friends in Madrid, that’s where I am. Things I forgot about the place.
1. Nobody eats before 11pm
2. Nobody goes home before 3am
3. You can still smoke in restaurants and bars
4 Everybody, everywhere, at every age, talks about sex all the time
After Franco popped his clogs, the city’s vibrant artistic life blossomed, and Spaniards embraced the good life with a vengeance – the city’s seasonal lights fill every street (sadly not very capturable on my iPhone) and although there’s been a massive amount of regeneration there’s still a long way to go. The streets graffiti is worse than ever as European kids copy hip-hop tag styles. The working hours still reflect siesta time, but few sleep in the afternoon, which makes the work day very long – no wonder they party like maniacs.
It’s hard not to love a city where mothers and children are still out and about at midnight. Madrid’s street life is endlessly exciting but the grazing habit of eating every three hours hours comes as a bit of a shock to the system.