cerebral museum


Posted in Uncategorized by Cassandra on August 22, 2009

My dear friend Peter Prato sent this quote my way, and I enjoy it very much.

“Writing in the 1930s, Ernest Hemingway acknowledged that Madrid was never Europe’s most beautiful city, admitting that “I do not believe anyone likes it much when he first goes there”.

Madrid was, Hemingway continued, “worth spending a month in every spring, if you have money to spend a month in any European capital”. Also, like those of us who live here precisely because we couldn’t bear to leave, Hemingway’s conclusion was simple: ‘It makes you feel very badly to know that you will have to die and never see Madrid again.'”

But after casting initial impressions aside, Hemingway saw what those of us who live here experience every day: “When you get to know it, it is the most Spanish of all cities, the best to live in, the finest people. It is in Madrid only that you get the essence.”

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