I kept my goals pretty limited for May because I knew I'd be on a different schedule while on this research trip. They were:
1. Run half-marathon number 9. I knew the Capital City Half-Marathon was going to be a bit dicey because I was running it two weeks after having oral surgery, but I finished. I had a good time running it, and it was a fantastic excuse to visit a dear friend.
2. Make the best possible use of my archival time. I think I've done a good job of taking advantage of my time in the archives on this trip. I've spent most of my time in the Biblioteca Nacional, but I have also used three other archives during the 3.5 weeks I've had in Madrid. I'm going home with about 60 pages of notes and transcriptions and a cache of photocopied documents.
3. Take lots of photos. I've done pretty well with this one. I haven't always wanted to take my DSLR around with me and sometimes haven't had either my camera or phone with me when I've wanted to take some shots, but I've managed to get quite a few good ones for my 365 project.
|Gardens on the Madrid Rio|
5. Spend time with friends and visit favorite spots in Madrid. I have spent quality time with dear friends and visited a number of my favorite places. My favorite cafe-bar in the city was closed when I tried to go to it a couple of weekends ago, but I might try again tomorrow.
|Lunch with friends P. and JL.|