I missed a day! Yikes!
My cerebro drew a blank yesterday. Ni modo. Today I went on a walk with some fellow newcomers tracing the route of the old city walls of Madrid, at least the first two of them. Did you know that Madrid was first settled as a Muslim military camp in 711 A.D.? They routed the Visigoths in the area and settled in until 1492. All of this was news to me, my European history not being up to snuff. Did you know that all Spanish words beginning with “al” are Arabic in origin? Alcazar*, almuerzo**, almacen***, Al Jazeera, almost. Get it?