In case you were wondering what happened to me last week, I thought I'd show you the room in which I spent it. I have never given a talk in a room that was quite so grand.
The Sigüenza Parador has been on top of the hill overlooking the town in various castle-based forms since the twelfth century. The roof was destroyed during the Spanish Revolution. Reconstruction in its current form as a four-star hotel did not start until the late 1960s. It was completed in the mid-1970s. It's just a little bit impressive.
This is the corridor to the room I shared with one of my work colleagues. I didn't take any shots of the room itself, which was beautiful but very dark because it was lit only by one small barred window.
The following were all taken during the twelve hours we spent in Madrid. We had just enough time to fly in, go for a short walk, have a shower, get tapas with some of the other workshop people and sleep before we piled into a bus and sped off to Sigüenza, where the entire week was devoted to discussion of magnetometry. Fortunately there were sufficient breaks for me to return with a nice tan as well.
A pretty lady surrounded by creepy toys.
Another shot from the Mercado de San Miguel, where the beautiful ice creams live.
A regally positioned unknown gentleman.
The church on the corner of the Gran Via at sunset.