Kermes

Kermes
Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain Leslie and I were up today at 05:00. She, Hillary, and I were in the car by 07:00. I drove them to the Feria de Madrid. They were both helping at the Kermes put on by the Damas Diplomaticas. The Queen of Spain is usually heavily involved in this each year. This year all of the profits are to go to Haiti for earthquake relief. I dropped the girls off at about 07:30. They were there to help set up the American Embassy booth. This is a sort of international bazaar. There were about 60 countries involved. Leslie told me she had heard that the people working the booth actually got to meet the Queen. After I dropped them off, I drove back home. Tyler and I sat around the house until about 11:00. Then we left to go back to the convention center. As I was driving along the highway I looked in my rear-view mirror and saw a cop car with its lights on. At first I thought I was going to be pulled over. Then I noticed more cars and police motorcycles behind the police car. I moved over one lane and they all drove by. Prior to that I had noticed at every on-ramp to the highway there was a Guardia Civil cop standing there. After the motorcade went by, each Guardia Civil let traffic use the on-ramp again. I told Tyler I thought that was probably the Queen’s motorcade. As we arrived at the convention center the motorcade, which used a different exit, was just arriving too. We had to wait until she went in before we could go in to park. After we parked, Tyler and I could not enter the building until it opened at 12:30. So we sat there and waited on a bench. We saw where the motorcade was parked. We also saw a sniper on the building across from the convention center. Finally, at 12:30, Tyler and I went in and found Leslie and Hillary. They were both very excited. They had both actually gotten to meet and shake the hand of the Queen of Spain. While Tyler and I were there the Queen was still there too. I was able to get a photo. Who would have ever thought any of us would get to see, let alone meet, royalty from any country!

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