I’m BACK!! Hello again and welcome back. I arrived in Palm Springs just as the rally to celebrate the over-turning of DOMA was ending and the everyone was down at the Marilyn statue. This was the the long awaited freedom for any two individuals to be legally recognized as legitimate spouses with all the freedoms that the rest of us have known forever!! The energy was high and town was a buzzing beehive. But I was so blasted exhausted from my 13 hour non-stop from Madrid to LAX along with the 4 hour ride home in the middle of rush hour that it prevented me from joining all of you which I felt bad about. On the other hand, Madrid was such a special time with Steve which is where I left you hanging at the end of the last blog that I think now is as good a time as ever to update you.
After we grinningly welcomed one another at the airport with a nice long hug and a sweet little kiss we needed to get to central Madrid where we were spending the night before flying out Wednesday morning. It turns out that the train was the fastest and least expensive way to go. So, we got our route from the information employee and got out tickets from a ticket machine after 3 tries due to pounds, euros, dollars and language barriers and were on our way. The reason I bring this up is that in the past this could have been a situation that would easily make Steve uneasy (don’t forget this man is a pilot and likes order that he is in charge of, not the unknown) but in this case he was very cool and rolled, err lurched with the plan. That made me see how the Camino was carrying its magic forward and that made me happy.
We got to our hotel, Best Western Arosa on Gran Via central Madrid only to be welcomed warmly and quickly and were soon on our way to our room on the 7th floor. Which shouldn’t matter but did in the best of ways. We had room 728 which ended up being the corner room and only one of two rooms in the whole hotel that had a balcony overlooking the bustling street below.
The view was perfect and the building across the street from us, an 8 story building had this majestic looking statue on the top of it, symbolizing victory which only seemed apropos!
To say we were thrilled was an understatement. They gave us free mini bar and also offered us a free drink at the bar which is where we headed after having a drink at the bistro table on the balcony. We intended to have the one drink and then go to dinner. But, best laid plans ended up 3 hours later with a “best laid” if you catch my drift!” Seriously, there seemed to be something special in the bottle of wine that we split! Our bartender was a sweetheart and we were so comfortable just talking and catching up that we forgot ourselves and were just in the moment. We ended up ordering off the bar menu, split a dessert ( yes we eat dessert) and took a 20 minute stroll before going back up to the room and out on the balcony, where we were posing like the statue watching over us!
All as I can say is I’m so glad the buildings surrounding our hotel were office buildings that had daytime hours! We had fun! And, it absolutely contributed to our being very tired at 630am later that morning! But, also happy.
We had a nice complimentary breakfast Buffett, the nicest one the whole trip, before Steve left for the airport at 830am. I left a few hours later.
So, you might be wondering where we left things and that is the interesting part. Right as they were. I am back in PS and Steve will remain in Henderson at his moms place. We are both content for the time being and don’t want to lose that momentum that we both have going independently. We are not divorcing and are both delighted to stay married until something shifts for either one of us. We will be planning other trips but at the moment have no specific plans. So, that is where this portion of my journey ends but I have come to realize that many other things happened on this trip which is why I would like to continue writing, so my blog DOES NOT end here. So, please continue to follow me if your so inclined.
Next up: My re-entry to Palm Springs