May 2024


Whatchamacallit 81: Bear eating from the strawberry tree

The above bear, which is eating from a strawberry tree, usually stumps friends.

The drawing is on my wall of foreign locals, just above and to the left of Amsterdam, my first Whatchamacallit, back in March.

When I ask people to guess where the drawing comes from, most people’s first instinct is Berlin – […]

Madrid III

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is probably Madrid’s second most famous museum, and after 2:30 on Saturday afternoons, it is free to all, not just those people listed in the fine print.

I arrived at the Sofía around 3 having taken the long way there via the Atocha train station, and upon […]


Writing about Madrid takes time, so even though I’m entering the last day, I need to have time to write the entry, and that’s not happening until I take the computer home at night… which is again, not happening tonight.

I’m thinking you should expect a post about Madrid on Saturday.

You might want to […]

Madrid II


I started Friday by picking up a copy of The Guardian and reading more news about the London Bombers. I sped through the paper before meeting my sister. We were off to do the Palacio Real de Madrid; where the Spanish Royalty lived.

The Palace was beautiful and enchanting on many levels. We started […]

Madrid I

The first thing I have to say about Madrid is that it was really hot.

How hot you ask?

I arrived at my hotel at 11 in the evening, grabbed a quick shower, and headed out for a walk. I emerged out onto a crowded Grand Via and spotted a bus-stop which informed me that […]