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Simply The Best: February 2023

Do you know what was the best idea? Moving to Madrid for my second residency in February 2023. Here’s why:

    1. TPOL in Madrid: Why A Second Residency?

      a two black rectangular computers with red and yellow text
      So why did I decide to leave La Isla Encanta for two months? The answer is simple. I needed a break from the exhaustion of retirement.
    2. Best Tapas Madrid: No Budget Cuts Here

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      I am not in the USA for the next six weeks. This allows me the opportunity to share with you the best places for tapas in Madrid.
    3. Mo de Movimiento Madrid: Oh de Organic Pizza

      a pizza with green sauce and cheese
      I would go back but not because of organic marketing. I would go back because that’s a damn good pizza.
    4. A Taste of China, Hong Kong, and Japan…in Madrid

      a restaurant with signs and pictures
      From the outside, I thought I was going to a Japanese restaurant. From the mural on the wall, I thought I was in Hong Kong. From Tsingtao beer, I thought I was in Shanghai. It only occurred to me that I was in Europe when I received the bill for $50.
    5. Ten Con Ten Madrid vs. City Hall Scottsdale

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      I never wrote a restaurant review of City Hall despite living in Scottsdale for years. After visiting Ten Con Ten in Madrid, I am compelled to compare and praise both of them.
    6. Iberia Business SJU-MAD: And Another One

      a group of screens on a plane
      I’ve flown Iberia to Madrid in business many times. This time was different. This time I was relocating to Madrid for the inauguration of my bi-annual residency in a foreign country.
    7. TPOL’s Tip: Arrive Early to Avoid Sushi Terrorists
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      Continuing my tour of Almagro, my neighborhood in Madrid, I went to Kintaro to catch the sushi express. Destination: fat and full.

      Bonus post because they can’t all be about Madrid: Iraq Visa on Arrival: Take a Seat, Hand Over Some Cash, Then Exit

      a group of people sitting in chairs and a blue suitcase
      Visas are usually a problem for me. I am bad about sending the app ahead of time. I gloss over the rules, or I sloppily fill out the forms. Judging by the informal approach at Baghdad customs, I have concluded that, culturally, I am predisposed to such disorganization.


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