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Spanish Caper! Lynn 2 – Spain 0

November 3rd, 2010 · 7 Comments

Hanging out at Geraldine’s apartment!
Geraldine, Anne & Fernanda

A couple of friends and I went to Madrid to surprise another friend of ours for her birthday!  It was great fun getting together and hiding out at Geraldine’s apartment before surprising her mom on her birthday!

France surprised to see us!!!
Javier Bardem sent over a bottle of champagne.

I was the first to arrive and the weather was perfect. 75° sunny, with a slight breeze, and I had a great time wandering streets and places that I’ve known so well.

Perfect weather in Madrid!

Thirty years ago I had spent a year in Spain having a wonderful time!  Isabel and I spent the summer on the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada filled with parties, discos, and beaches! After summer, we headed back to Madrid where everyone dined from ten in the evening until two in the morning and the streets and sidewalk cafés were brimming with people, young and old alike.

Having a drink at the Plaza Mayor!

My last trip to Madrid was with Patrick in 2002 and I was happy to see that things really hadn’t changed all that much and the streets and tapas bars were still packed with people enjoying life.  I was unhappy to see, however, that Spanish women are still as rude as ever!

Spanish women still not liberated!

Thirty years ago I thought it had more to do with me being young and free while Spanish women remained tied to their macho husbands and, therefore, took out their agressions on young liberated women.

Macho men at the Prado?

So, why was this new generation of older women just as rude?  Did they miss the women’s liberation movement altogether?  Were they still being dominated in their homes by macho men and needed to take out their anger and frustrations elsewhere?  I think so!

In front of the Communication building!

On my first day, I stopped at El Corte Inglés near the Puerta del Sol and was looking for a birthday gift for France when I came upon a pair of boots I had been searching for, for years! I received a text from Patrick at that very moment and I decided to text him right back, so I sat down on a couch where people could try on shoes and began texting.

My new boots!

I wasn’t paying attention when I realized a Spanish lady around 65 yrs. old was complaining to her friend, and me, that I was sitting there texting and her friend wasn’t able to try on shoes.  I jumped up immediately and began apologizing.

Me:  Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize someone wanted to try on shoes.

Lady:  You shouldn’t be sitting there using your phone while people want to try on shoes.  What’s the matter with you?  People can’t even sit down because you’re…..

I looked at this lady yelling at me.

Me:  I was going to move, but just by the way you’re talking to me, I’m not moving, so go find somewhere else to sit!

I sat back down and continue texting.  The lady was furious!

Lady:  Who do you think you are?  My friend wants to try on shoes!  I’m going to get a sales lady to chase you out of here!

By this time we had ourselves a nice little audience observing our situation!  I stood up.

Me:  Lady, do you see yourself?  You need to screw your husband more often and get rid of some of your agressive behavior!

Snickers from some of the younger women, shock on the faces of older women….

She was shocked, but she didn’t back down!

Lady:  I make love to my husband, don’t you worry!

Me:  Yes, but probably not enough and surely not very well!

I made my exit.  Lynn 1 – Spain 0

Great little café in Madrid!

Two days later, Fernanda, Anne and I were getting on a bus at the terminal so the bus was completely empty.  We were saving a seat for Anne who was buying her ticket, when a little old lady in her late 70’s sat down across the aisle from us, looking our way.

Lady:  You can’t save a seat.

Me:  Why not?

Lady:  Because you can’t.  People can sit where they want.

Me:  If the bus was filled with people, I can understand, but there are plenty of empty seats, so if we want to save a place for our friend, we can.

An older gentleman sat down behind the old lady and he decided to give his two cents worth as well.

Man:  She’s right.  You can’t save seats.

(I remember thinking, Am I on a bus in Madrid or am I back in some school yard?)

Me:  What’s wrong with you people?  Do you realize that if we were in New York, you would get your throat slit for meddling into other people’s affairs?  (I passed my hand across my throat for emphasis!)

Lady:  We’re not in New York.

Me:  I know!  (Big sigh)  What a pity!

(It sounds so much better in Spanish.  “Yo sé!  ¡Ay, qué  lástima!”)

The look on their faces was priceless!  Lynn 2 – Spain 0

Beautiful Madrid!

Maya Muses:  Madrid is great fun!  The city is beautiful and the street life is amazing!  A full glass of wine (to the brim) is just one Euro plus plenty of tapas!  (Olives, cheeses, sausages, etc.)

Isabel at a tapas bar!
Isabel having a drink at a tapas bar.

Just stay away from those feisty Spanish ladies!!!

An Angel in disguise!
An angel in disguise?

Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor

Geraldine and Marius
Geraldine and Marius (I love her dog!)

Neptune
Neptune

France coming down from her apartment!
France coming down from her apartment.

Photo Credits:  Personal Photos

Tags: Baby Boomer Babbles · Food and Wine · HaHaHa! · Shopping · Travel

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cid // Nov 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

    You’re pretty feisty yourself! I don’t know if I would have had the nerve to tell people off that way, but I love it!

  • 2 Lynn // Nov 4, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I’m pretty easy going, but if someone attacks….I’ll fight back. In Spain, you can’t help but have confrontations, like I said, I think it stems from frustrated women living with macho men. Anyway, that’s how I see it!

  • 3 mia // Nov 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Lol..
    I see that you had great fun in Madrid..

    I and Ulf will go there to celebrate my birthday in the beginning of Dec…I hope I will enjoy it as much as you did..I’m turning 60..I cannot believe it!
    Wish you could come to Madrid and surprise me on my birthday as well…Hope to see you soon..somewhere..

    It is so dark outside..Ulf is sitting playing on his guitar..I will soon go to bed..

    Kisses..

  • 4 Lynn // Nov 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Hi Mia, I did try to see if Tina was available to have a drink with me while I was there, but I never heard back from her after she asked me if I was in Madrid. Too bad, it would have been nice to see her!

    I’m sure you and I will meet up soon, perhaps you and Ulf plan a trip to Paris sometime in the future?

    We did have a really nice time and it was great seeing Isabel, France, and Geraldine after all these years!

  • 5 mia // Nov 8, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Well..
    We see each other when the time is right..
    And you never know when that will be..
    As you experienced yourself..meeting Isabel,France and Geraldine after so many years..
    Time doesn’t really matter when there is true friendship..

  • 6 Lynn // Nov 8, 2010 at 9:17 am

    So true, Mia!!! Have fun in Madrid and Happy Birthday!!!

  • 7 mia // Nov 10, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Thanks Lynn..

    See you somewhere,sometime, hopefully soon..

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