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Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore
19 Feb 2016 - Weeks later of being congealed by the freezing London weather, I am finally thawing today arriving in Madrid. The journey into the city via airport bus was 'soleado'. Sunlight, like yellow lights of the theatre flooding the stage. Sunlight spreading its warmth over the land.
Looking out into the distance from the highway, snow-capped mountains framed the horizon. I hadn't seen this scene before as I'd usually taken the underground trains into the city & Puerta de Atocha regional train station. Majestic, historical gorgeous white buildings line the road as the bus draws into the bustling city. Caught sight of a heartwarming banner hung high up on a prominent building, that simply & boldly declared 'REFUGEES WELCOMED'. Spanish man next to me gives a running commentary to his mate of the monuments we see, the Spanish language marking the change of cities in my day's travel. Never mind the crammed bus full of people & heavy luggage, leaving only standing space for the full 30 min journey. The Spirit has perked.
London's enigmatic grey starts to fade, though the physical memory of the chills is likely to have a grip for a while on my tropical bones. Still, one just might put in an occasional good word for London weather; for on the rare sunny winter day, it's stunning to see the contrast of blue skies, the intense green of fields & parks, yellow daffodils, purple field flowers (whose name I didn't know) and silhouettes of dramatic skeletal trees. As I raced in the Gatwick Express train to catch my flight, looking out the flashing window-scapes, it was this image of the occasional good-weather day that bade me farewell.
Darkness has fallen. 8.35pm and the AVE train is speeding towards Sevilla where I have to change to yet another train to the town of Jerez for a week of Flamenco and Classical Spanish classes as well as the many shows of the Flamenco festival. For the aficionados who embark on the journey there, no doubt this will be a week bursting with colours.
Eye on Travel
Great - Atocha Station with a tropical green garden growing from its main hall/green house, ponds with tortoises snoozing around. Always such a welcoming soothing sight. Helps take minutes away from waiting time. Now why can't more train stations have such aesthetics.
Good - Gatwick Express takes you from Victoria station in the heart of London, direct to Gatwick Airport in just 30 mins. You get a discount booking on line. Fantastic and well kept inside. / Uber driver, jolly and with great service. Feel like you've met a kindred traveler as you exchange tales. / Take the bus to Atocha, it's far more convenient than having to lug baggage, working your way through the metro and interchanges.
Golly - Traffic jam in London, supposedly Europe's most congested city. So get there early! / Commercial interests put blatantly above consumers' interest. Airports like Gatwick that make you meander full circle around the Duty Free shopping area when they could have just designed a straight path to get you to the departure gate, especially if you are pressed for time!
Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore
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