Sleepy in Spain

My conference is wrapping up and tomorrow begins my two-day leisure time in Madrid. Jet lag has been wicked and consequently I'm averaging ~4 hours sleep each night. This is making me inordinately cranky. No help are two major projects stateside at work that are characterized by useless collegeues who are really ignorant and helpless. 10 days prior to a deadline is not the time to suggest getting together to review draft materials, especially when there have been bi-weekly meetings since APRIL! It leaves me wondering how some people manage to get to work in the morning, because they don't seem to have a clue how to do anything at the office. Stupid beaurcrats.
See, that's crankiness. But how would you feel returning the room each night after midnight and having your body tell you that for the first time in the day it's actually awake and ready to do some e-mails?
Exacerbating the problem is that the restaurants in Spain don't even open until 9 pm. (Even then we are the first ones seated, and sometimes not served until 10 pm.) Nothing like a group of loud Americans in a quiet, empty restaurant. Suffice to say there has been some glaring glances directed my group's way from the natives.
The food has fallen a little short of expectations. Is this because I've been raised in America tasting Spanish foods (paella, for example) that is not really Spanish, but the Americanized equivalent? Like the burritos from Chipotle, that taste nothing like the real things from the Mexican tacquerias in our neighborhood?
Oddly, most of the appetizers have been delicious which reinforces the notion that the best food Spanish culture has to offer the world is tapas - a dinner of appetizers!
We did have a flamenco dinner one night which was quite fun. But much to my chagrin, my jabbering co-workers were shushed by others in the restaurant.

1 comments:

Andra Sue said...

Oooooh. Sounds like one of my sleep-deprived business trips...except you were in SPAIN!!! Which is quite fabulous.

Now that you're home...pictures, please! :)

 

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