Back from Madrid
Just got back to England from Easter holidays in Madrid, hence the blog silence.
Danny de Vito was in Madrid a few years ago promoting a film. He arrived in the midst of the construction frenzy when practically the whole town was being dug up. I understand he told local reporters something along the lines of: “Nice city you’ve got here, but I hope you soon find what you’re looking for”. No such frenzy in post-crash April 2009, plus a lot of locals were away on holiday, so the place was surprisingly quiet.
In the barrio de Cartagena where we stayed, anecdotal evidence of an ageing Spanish population and younger immigrants (esp. Eastern European and Latin American workers, Chinese shopkeepers). When I lived there in the mid-1980s, there weren’t many foreign immigrants.
Reading Boellstorff’s Coming of Age in Second Life and Eyerman’s The Assassination of Theo Van Gogh – both extremely interesting, more on them soonish.