Yes, just one night. Sadly – it turns out – for just one night.
Hotel Regina is well located and surprisingly spacious. Following a late arrival it remains, at 11pm, hotter than any Irish summer day. Madrid is very pretty and still busy. Café-goers spill onto the streets, a trio – Spaniard, American and metal suitcase – spout politics of indeterminate leaning at Placa de la Puerta del Sol and the grand squares provide a fine setting for a fast-yet-colourful sunset.
Somewhere amid all this, it strikes me that it’s not the weather itself that’s important; it’s what enables. It’s everything Dublin could be if only we could actually go outside once in a while.