Fui sobre agua edificada, mis muros de fuego son. Esta es mi insignia y blasón.
(On water I was built, my walls are made of fire. This is my ensign and escutcheon.)
– Motto of Madrid, Spain
From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!
My first time to go out of Switzerland and visit another piece of Europe, the Madrid vacation has somewhat made me feel close to home.
I couldn’t help but repeatedly say this many times during our stay, “Madrid is like Manila. Manila is Madrid…”.