Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Madrid, Spain and the day job .. and introducing Holiday Hound!

The last few weeks have been busy, busy, busy for HQ. Aside from my day job, there's also been the added distraction of the Holiday Hound and his puppy training regime. It won't be long and he'll be experiencing different parts of the country and then Europe .. what a life! He's lucky to have chosen me!

My day job has been varied lately .. lots of different assignments from light entertainment, a commercial, magazine shows as well as the usual daily shows I do, and a trip to Madrid for the Champions League .. which for those of you who don't know, is "an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)." It was the second leg of the semi-final between Juventus and Real Madrid, which Juventus went on to win.

I flew in the night before and met with the crew who had arranged a dinner at a lovely Spanish (what else?!) restaurant Asador Donostiarra. The food was delicious with starters of mixed plates to share, the tastiest olives and a couple of bottles of wine followed by entrecote on hot stone .. meat you cook to your own liking. As we didn't have to be up too early for work, we then found ourselves in a small late night venue Moe Club with live music until 6am if you were prepared to stay up! Not for me on a school night!

The next day I had a few hours to myself so opted to walk a few miles around Madrid in the stifling heat to get my bearings and a sense of the city which I had visited many years ago whilst traveling in my younger days with school friends. I'm sure it has much to offer, but unfortunately I did not have the time to experience much of it. Later in the afternoon, it was off to the Estadio Santiago BernabĂ©u for the match and my job of making the presenters look presentable! Not such an easy task in the oppressive heat! With 85,000+ fans and spectators in attendance, the atmosphere was to say the least, fantastic! 

In just over 2 weeks time, I will be off for a well deserved week's holiday again .. this time to Tenerife, Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa. I've never been before so it will be a whole new experience. Holiday Hound will not be accompanying me unfortunately, but he will surely be missed!  

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