We walked from the subway to the Prado.
There were big crowds out starting about 10pm on a Saturday night. They get a late start and party on till dawn! And these folks are serious about a good time!
Tomorrow, we move on to Leon and a step closer to the Camino, so that will be welcome. There's plenty more in Madrid and we hope to see it on our return.
Our meditation tonight was on Nefertiti, queen of Amenhotep. She had equal power to her husband (almost, we are told.) They were able to keep their concepts in place until they died, but then Egyptians reverted to the "old ways." It was an interesting history lesson.
PAUL'S PONDERINGS: A late start, but a full day nonetheless. I was in Madrid in the late 70s and my memory of it is pretty dated. The Prado was fabulous and then we followed that with a walk thru the center city and a nice tapas dinner in a local space as described above. Like Barcelona, the center of town is quite busy on a weekend night -- what a town full of tiny and varied restaurants! We could spend years here and not visit them all. But, we very much enjoyed our dinner tonight and I have to say the local gin was as good as I've had (and that is spoken as a gin aficionado). Tomorrow we take a high speed train to Leon and then soon after, the walking/trekking begins. We've really grown to love Spain and the lifestyle here is pretty relaxed. I'm a late eater by nature and I keep nudging Lou saying "this is my clan -- they eat at 9 pm every night!".
The Prado is a bit overwhelming and we discussed what to do....I had a vague memory of some of Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies, which are constructed to trigger mental breakthroughs when you are stuck or indecisive in a situation, so my comment was "when all else fails, start". Not sure if that is in Eno's card deck, but it sounds like it could be. And it worked for us.
Finally, speaking of Nefertiti, a bit of jazz commentary. Some may know that one of Miles Davis'
best recordings in the 60s was titled after her and the pianist Cecil Taylor also titled some music in that vein. When we discussed which meditation to read, that one appealed to me inherently because of the Davis' recording in particular. Apparently she held a particular fascination for some musicians of that era. If you don't know that recording from Miles, it's a great one. Pick it up and enjoy.