Madrid has been a great city to explore. It's very lively and modern, and we've loved all the green spaces; Madrid Rio, Casa de Campo and El Parque de Buen Retiro being firm favourites.
We got to hang out with our old friends Irena and Matti (who are travelling around Spain in a cool converted van), and caught up with new friends Enrique & Judith (who we met a few months ago in Sevilla), who were very patient while we practised our Spanish. ¡Muchas gracias amigos!
Glo's mum flew out for a few days and our friend Sam also joined us for a long weekend - 3 weeks in the capital de España went by quickly.
We headed to the Cotswolds with Steve's old Esri UK colleagues Sarah and Pete, and their families.
Between us there were 6 girls, aged from 2 to 7, and luckily they all got along really well (leaving time for the adults to actually have adult conversations).
Even though the weather was pretty lousy we had a great time. We'll miss you guys (until next time!)
We headed over to the Yorkshire Dales to visit Glo's old friends Laura and Matt, and their two lovely girls.
We did a nice walk with a cave visit to escape the rain. When we emerged we found tiny hail-stones covering the ground - this counts as "springtime" in Yorkshire ;)
After weeks of rain in Seville it was nice to see some sun in Málaga, even though we've been spoilt by Sydney beaches so the pebbles here don't really compare. Either way the girls have loved being out in the sun, playing in the parks and riding bikes along the foreshore.
Steve made the most of the sunshine and hired a motorbike to head into the Sierra de las Nieves mountains. The temperature dropped to 3 degrees at one point, so the heated handlebars definitely came in handy. As did the thermals we've been lugging around since Switzerland.
Tomorrow we head back to the UK for Clementine's injections, so she'll be ready for the next big phase of our trip...