Gregorio del Laboratorio goes to Spain: day 2

August 21, 1999

Joel and I tried to do a run in the royal gardens this morning but were turned away by a security guard. Drawing upon our international diplomacy skills, we politely bid him farewell and found a not-as-well-guarded gate through which to enter.

Later went to the Museo del Prado, Madrid’s premier art gallery, with Xavi and Joel’s friend Adam, who is in town for a month to do research on the history of Spanish Protestants. Saw lots of 17th-century Spanish work: Goya, Velasquez, Murillo, Ribera (?), etc. Numerous depictions of military battles and repentant saints, although my favorite work was a portrait of a defiant-looking midget brandishing a sword. Many of the non-military paintings use human skulls to represent the passage of time and the transient nature of man’s existence.

It’s good to know that ABBA remains popular over here.

Bla Bla & Company: serving the needs of a long-winded clientele.
Bla Bla & Company: serving the needs of a long-winded clientele.

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