After two days of workshop there was an early finish, and I was back in Madrid by 4.30pm. I'd last been here almost eight years ago, staying here accidentally on the way to La Palma. I had only had time for a quick wander around the city centre before heading out to the Canary Islands. I'd been to the Plaza de España, and I went back there now with a copy of El País. In the years between my two visits to Madrid I'd spent four months in South America, made four more visits to the Canary Islands, and five to the mainland. My Spanish was definitely better than it had been the first time around. I practised by reading the paper.