Sunday, August 28, 2011

what the!

husband's physics conference has
been in full swing for a week now
(coming to a close this afternoon. yay!), 
meaning he has been in meetings
& presentations & such for large
portions of time every day (dinner meetings
until midnight! what the!). while he's
 been rocking the international
science scene & rubbing shoulders 
with all the bigwigs, i've been 
having an amazing time exploring &
wandering the ins & outs of this
intricate city. yesterday, however,
husband was able to escape early
enough to grant us some time to
go &, well, have a bit of fun.

like seeing a sign in the metro saying
"tu necesitas hablar ingles!",
 or, in other words,
"you need to speak english!"
what the!

or visiting that haven of 20th century art,
the reina sofia,
the place where masterpieces such as
"guernica" and others by pablo 
picasso, salvador dali, jose gutierrez
 solana, & so, SO many others call home.
i wish we had had more time there. a
favorite of both of us (& one of the
few places throughout the entire museum
we were actually allowed to take pictures)
was this life-size metronome that had
a holographic eye on the end of its 
ticker (pendulum?) that would open
when it swung to one side & close when
it swung to the other.

this piece is by the american artist man ray, entitled
"object to be destroyed," or as it was later renamed, 
"indestructible object." the artist replaced the original 
eye of the piece with a photograph of the eye of his
  lover lee miller, who had left him earlier that year...
 what the! talk about drama, right??
(it's all actually quite interesting & intense.
read more about "indestructible object" here
& lee miller, who, i found out, is pretty dang
cool herself, here).

after the reina sofia we headed over to
grab some donuts at that perennial
american favorite dunkin' donuts, & well... 
we were pretty excited about our donuts.

except wait a minute! all the signs that SHOULD
have said "dunkin' donuts" actually said
"dunkin' coffee."

what the! same color scheme, same products,
same brand label, & everything! turns out
the word "donut" is copyrighted to some
other bakery in spain! we had no idea!
who would have thought, right?? &
this, folks, is where we reach the moral
of the story, namely...
you learn something new every day.

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