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Sunday, March 29th 2009

After four days at ESAC, I spent the weekend in the centre, staying with a friend who had just started a post-doc here. Normally one of the things I like doing best in Spain is going to clubs and coming out after the sun has risen, but I was still recovering from my double jetlag and went for some quieter pursuits. We went to the Reina Sofia and saw Guernica. Then we made an early start on a Sunday to see what was going on at El Rastro market. It was sunny but a chilly wind was blowing, so after we'd bought a few things we took refuge in a cafe for some churros con chocolate.

I almost got caught out by the hour changing. It's happened to me before: coming back from La Palma in October 2006 I had no idea the hour was going back, and I arrived at La Palma's airport at 6am, to find it still locked. In March, the situation is much more dangerous, but luckily I realised early enough to avoid any mad dashes to the airport. Two trips back to back had been tiring enough without that. I headed home.

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