One more day in Madrid. So far, a bit limited due to that back pain that I got, suddenly and enormously painful, a few days before travelling, but I saw my sister and her troops, saw a bit more of Madrid, greeted the New Year in Sol (not the star... just the centre of Madrid) and saw a couple of things that I wanted to but never had the chance. One was very simple: a visit to Alcalá de Henares, pay respects to Miguel de Cervantes and stroll around a beautiful town steeped in history. The other one was going to see Cirque du Soleil, which was an amazing spectacle. I kept thinking their rehearsals must be brutal.
Have to be careful as back still hurting and the rest of the week as I return will be frantically busy -couldn't afford to give up an entire week's teaching and instead crammed it all in those three days. Obviously can't afford to decide I'm not feeling well enough to do that teaching. In any case I didn't come here to do tourism but to spend Christmas and NYE with my sister who is based four thousand miles away in Venezuela. I could hardly afford to come but I'm very glad I did.