After three days in Madrid, I came to realize two things: first, it
was the middle of winter and Barcelona wasn't likely to be the prime
destination that it is in the summertime and second, my lack of
Spanish speaking abilities was proving a hindrance to my enjoying
non-tourist activities in Madrid. So I decided to save Barcelona for a
summer when either I or a companion of mine spoke Spanish and headed
off to London where I could hang out with friends and truly enjoy the
fruits of European culture.