It’s been awhile since I traveled with my family. A trip to Costa Rica seven years ago was the last time we attempted to coordinate our schedules and go on vacation together. But this week the stars aligned, and we had another chance. My brother and his wife got time off work, my mother found a dog sitter, and my shiny new UK residence permit allowed me to leave London and travel to Madrid to meet them.
Less than a week after I returned to London from Singapore, I was already starting to miss good Singaporean food. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long to try more of it. Nor did I have to go very far to do so.
With the credit crunch in full swing and corporate bigwigs getting in trouble for overly-lavish vacations, this week I decided to bring my foreign holiday to me. How did I do it? I went to Madrid without leaving central London.
A business contact of mine invited me to an event at the Victoria & Albert Museum called “Now Madrid: The Christmas City”. The event was sponsored by the City Council of Madrid and Madrid’s fashion industry, and was intended to showcase Spain’s capital and the spring and summer 2009 collections from Spain’s top fashion designers.