I finished teaching in Suzhou (PRC) in late April 2019, and then started teaching in Rome in late May. I didn’t really want to go back to the US, get jet lag, and then turn around and head for Rome and get jet lag again. So I had to find some interesting place between Shanghai and Lisbon. Not that difficult.
I chose Madrid, and took a couple of days out to go to Lisbon and a brief guided tour of very nice (and very touristy) spots in Portugal. I’m considering various places in Europe to retire: feel free to offer suggestions! The criteria are: a) close to a beach b) not too cold c) a language I can learn, more or less d) something I can afford. Spain is looking very good; Portugal as well.
I took approximately 9,473,214 pictures. I’ve posted here a few representative ones, with minimal captions. I left out a lot, such as the Palazzo Real (Madrid), the cathedral and synagogue in Toledo, the opera in Madrid (I saw Handel’s Agrippina), a lot of paintings and sculptures, and most of the food pictures.
Madrid is one of my favorite towns now, right up there with Aix-en-Provence, London, San Francisco, Cooperstown, Austin, and, of course, Suzhou. If you’ve been there, you may well agree.
In any event, this blog is mostly pictures.