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Getting onto European time
Before walking a Camino I like to arrive in Europe a few days early to allow my system to adjust to the time change. What better way to do this than spending time with friends. I am in Madrid with Kees, Vicente, and Laura. For those who do not know, I met Kees in 2007 on his first day walking El Camino de Santiago when we were at the Mirador between Hunto and Orrisson in the Pyrenees. We helped each other put our ponchos on as it started to rain. Kees walked on but ten minutes later I stopped at the bar/cafe in Orrisson to have a coffee and escape the rain and he was sitting at the only table with space for me. We sat and talked for the longest time starting a friendship that would continue to bloom over the next 700 kms to Santiago. We are now friends for life. Vicente is his life partner and Laura their housekeeper.
...... and the survey says
This morning we went to the Rastros, the antiques area in Madrid, so that I could see their new Galleria (Art/Antique Gallery) that they hope to open by September 1st. There is a minor survey issue preventing them opening the Galleria as a business which has the building sitting 50cm onto the pavement. So the problem is, the computer says no! The building is 100 years old and the older survey papers have the building placed within the zoning. The galleria La Vidriera de Verona has been beautifully renovated and their paintings and antiques are spectacular.
I am so happy to have the chance to place photographs before walking as I can see I need some camera adjustments for focusing.
Till next time .....