And I am just home to the hotel. Why so early, you ask? Well, we are leaving in the morning (make that later in the morning) so I didn’t want to stay out too late (Josh, undeterred, went to a discotheque with some of our new friends). I have had such a wonderful time in Madrid the past few days, I will surely come back at some point. I was also very lucky to reconnect with three friends here and get each of their perspectives on this great city. First, my friend Chris, who you may remember I first met up with in Guadalajara over 2 years ago. He lives here with his husband Pablo, and has a lot of really great insights into the city that he shared with us. Then my friend Judith, who I first met in Paris over 20 years ago and haven’t seen in over 10. She has been living here for 10 years with her husband Carlos and their two sons, and it was a treat to see her again. And finally, a really sweet guy named Pablo who I met in Peru almost exactly two years ago. He is studying in an MBA program here and met us this evening and took us to a fantastic tapas restaurant for the best meal we have had yet in Madrid. I love the randomness of so many people and their stories criss crossing in so many ways. So goodbye Madrid and friends, and thanks so much for the food, drink and fun.

Tomorrow we pick up the rental car and head off to Segovia and Salamanca. I hope Josh makes in back by 10am as he promised…