A Friendly Visit

October 23-30, 2016 | Our close friend Rory came to visit us after buying a round trip ticket from SF to Madrid just two weeks in advance. 


Rory is a friend from Trinity University who currently works in San Francisco, so he traveled quite a ways to come check out the scene in Madrid. We’re so happy that our second bedroom is getting a lot of use (by some of our favorite people, no less!).

Despite putting up with lots of rain in Madrid, we had a great time wandering around the city with him. I was also glad to see that Rory and I have a similar taste in rain jackets. Everyone knows that red jackets are totally chic right now…

Casually strolling the streets of Madrid
Our handsome group in front of the Puerta de Alcalá

During our time together, we discovered several cool restaurants and made Rory pose for a picture more than once.

Translation: “The sun shines in the sky.”
Cute restaurant we hadn’t been to before

One of the highlights was going to the Círculo de Bellas Artes, which is an artistic center in downtown Madrid that’s famous for the views from its terrace. Jenni had been telling me about this place for ages, so having Rory in town was the perfect excuse to visit it. We arrived just after the sunset, but still had quite a good view of the city.

View from the terrace

Of course, no visit to Spain would be complete without indulging in delicious Spanish cuisine, so we had to take Rory to our favorite paella and Spanish tortilla places.

A humongous Spanish omelette!

It’s so fun to share our new home with old friends, and we always discover new things when playing tourist with visitors. It’s a great reminder that you don’t have to go far away to “travel,” but rather that you can always “travel” in your own city. The French author Marcel Proust said it best when he commented that “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

We were honored by our friend’s visit to Madrid – thank you, Rory!

– T