Saturday, October 22, 2016
Madrid's Spanish Inquisition Tour
Saturday, 22 October, 2016:
Although it rained most of the day, it was still a GREAT day in in Osos Nation!
First there was good news from the Guadalajara Stings.
Stings hitting the pavement
in G-town for four hours
Last Sunday night we had a combination NFL viewing and Guadalajara Stings State-of-the-Club meeting at Hector Manzano's home in Alcalá de Henares.
The games were fun of course but I was happy with the ideas that we agreed upon to help bolster both the Stings' bank account and roster size.
The Stings wasted absolutely no time in implementing their new ideas as they started today, a mere six days after our meeting.
Team members sold lottery tickets, distributed posters throughout the city, talked to store owners and recruiter possible players at two large shopping malls in Guadalajara.
Celebrating a job well done with pizza
To sum things up, Hector e-mailed me that the day netted four new confirmed sponsors and a few other potential sponsors who showed interest.
GREAT JOB STINGS!
And the good news kept on coming
The Knights, like the Stings, are one of the Osos Rivas feeder programs. Today the Knights took the six hour, 650 km/400 mile drive south to the U.S. Naval Station in Rota, Spain to play the Rota Admirals. The Admirals play for the high school on the base serving the children of the U.S. Navy personnel working and/or working on the base.
Final Score: Royal Oaks Knights 42 - Rota Admirals 30
Congratulations to Head Coach Marco Chomón Montaña for this big victory!
It was rainy again today so most of the day was spent reading, internet work and breaking down last night's Osos scrimmage tapes.
I made the decision early in the day to make the 19 stop, two Metro train transfers trip from Arganda del Rey to Madrid's bustling Puerta del Sol to attend the Spanish Inquisition Tour starting at 7:00 p.m.
The weather report stated that the rain would continue until 7:00 p.m. but then stop until after midnight.
Who was I to argue?
People meeting on Puerta del Sol
It was 5:45 p.m. so it was
raining as promised
The buildings were bright
Interesting juxtaposition of
a crucifix and legs spouting
out of the Teatro Calderon
Nearing Plaza de Santa Ana
Sounded good but . . .
. . . I was headed to the Enrique
Tomas for needed sustenance
Jamón Iberico stuffed into a tortilla Española, great idea!
While eating dinner, the skies opened and a torrential downpour threatened to flood the streets.
The Spanish Inquisition Tour meeting on Plaza Mayor might be in peril.
Nearing Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor looking good
after a spritz
There are some wonderful
eateries down those steps
Wedding Pictures on Plaza Mayor
The rain was letting up at the 7:00 p.m. tour time approached.
Our Tour Guide under
the umbrella on the right
Some good, old time torturing
portrayed on the Plaza Mayor
The skies cooperated
Our Tour Guide Enrique
He did a thorough job and was well informed on his topic.
From the "It's a Small World" file, Enrique lived for a year in Thousand Oaks, California about 15 minutes from Casa Contreras in Camarillo.
Moorish styled bell tower
Reflections on a rainy night
A deserted plaza
Opera Building on the right
The Royal Palace
Don't pee here!
Nice doorway to an Inquisition
holding building back in the day
To be clear, the Spanish Inquisition executed about 6,000 people during its near 700 years (1480 A.D. - 1826 A.D.) as an instrument of the Catholic Church.
Again, Enrique did a great job laying out the facts for us during our two hours together.
I deserved this
Casa de Correros on
Puerta del Sol
The tour was over and as billed on the Weather Channel app own my phone, it never rained on us.
The Puerta del Sol's famed
Tio Pepe neon sign
The COUNTDOWN continued . . .
. . . more days until Laurie joins
me in Madrid