|Out the train window on the way to Madrid.|
|The Madrid Metro|
Both times we got to stay in the temple hostel, which has bunks and costs just 10 euros each a night. And there is even a small kitchenette to fix your food in the room, in addition to a large general area.
As always the temple grounds were beautiful with fountains, etc. It was also fun to see the MTC area where my daughter Marie was taught before her Spain Bilbao Mission.
It was cool seeing familiar statues and phrases in Spanish, including "La Casa Del Señor". I love Spain!!
While Debbie was in the distribution center, I wandered around taking pictures :)
We were able to attend the temple both Wednesday AND Thursday, and do multiple things which was just fantastic. The celestial room is gorgeous, and as always the peace and Spirit felt there were awesome. How I have missed the temple!
On Thursday our friend the Castillos were able to join us for a session before they left Spain, headed back to Arizona by way of Paris. Oh I miss them! But I love being here, and they are now loving on a whole passel of grandkids, so all is right with the world :)
Again we stayed in the temple hostel, and again we had a lot of fun! Wednesday Ghazaaleh did her own temple work, then Thursday we got to go through again a couple more times before we had to hurry and get back to the train station.
Before we went, though, we snuck into where the nativity scene was to take some pictures. We had so much fun we kind of cut it close getting back to the train. We made it though!
This is on the way home. We actually got to ride in "first class" as that was where the cheap tickets happened to be, and I guess we didn't look like your typical upper-crust riders as they checked our tickets TWICE! (They usually don't check at all - just look at what seats are occupied).
All in all I had an absolutely wonderful time. The Spirit was strong, we accomplished what we came to do, and I can't think of a place I would rather be.
Temples and missions are SO COOL!