Foreign countries: new food, exciting adventures in mass transit, gregarious natives... and the communication skills of a four-year-old.
And I'm one of those annoying English people who constantly has words buzzing around in the brain.
This, as you can imagine, creates an problem. High verbal ability and no outlet.
So, dear friends, if you're reading this and it seems a little... shall we say, circuitous... that is why. To have a captive audience and endless space for expression is irresistible, and I find it difficult to limit myself to clear, concise writing.
If you want direct information, go buy a guidebook to Madrid :) Otherwise... you have been warned.