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Gregorio del Laboratorio goes to Spain: day 10

August 29, 1999

All week long, Joel has been hoping to meet his athletic hero, the great Algerian miler Noureddine Morceli. We finally found Morceli’s hotel today, but he wasn’t in his room, so Joel left a package for him with the front desk.

Took a train from Seville back to Madrid today. Sitting across the aisle from us was Martin Fiz of Spain, who, considering that he had placed eighth in the marathon yesterday, looked surprisingly agile.

Tonight was our last night out on the town. Went to an outdoor cafe with Adam, where we ran into a pair of women from Wisconsin who told us the cautionary tale of how their purses had been stolen during their first day abroad. One had pursued her assailant, since, as she said, “I may be overweight, but I can run fast when I’m mad.” Not fast enough, apparently; the thief got away.

A Russian athlete takes time out from her busy marathoning schedule to play Kick the Can.
A Russian athlete takes time out from her busy marathoning schedule to play “Kick the Can.”

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