Grist for the Mill (news, in other words)

Breva/Breve

Over time, I’ve come up with my own names for the shops we patronise in the neighborhood, mainly because if…

One Step Forward

On Saturday, the buskers outside the subway were all playing “Hallelujah” and the Spanish girls were wearing shirts that showed…

Semana Blanca*

*Taking the pulse. So here we are, come full circle. The kids have Thursday and Friday off; it’s the time…

The Long Winter

Last night, apropos of nothing much, Younger Daughter asked me Are you sad, Mama? The fact was: I was a…

The Nature of the (Human) Beast

The snow that brought Madrid to its knees was drop-dead, once-in-a-lifetime gorgeous, but before long it was dotted with frozen…

A Mental State

The woman who stopped us on the sidewalk said something about documentacion but between her mask and my sub-optimal grasp…

(Not Quite)Mopping Up

At final tally, almost a foot of snow fell in Madrid between Thursday and Saturday. Today, the temperature rose to…

Inédito(Unheard Of)

Philomena, the storm of the century, was forecast days ago, but people kept saying it just wouldn’t happen: Madrid doesn’t…