Andy Rodker

Andy Rodker

Posted on 07/11/2018


Photo taken on July  9, 2018



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Plaza de Colon


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Plaza de Colon (Cristobal Colon = Christopher Columbus  - it needs explaining since most native English speakers don't know he is one and the same!)

Plaza de Colon (Cristobal Colon = Christopher Columbus - it needs explaining since most native English speakers don't know he is one and the same!) 

I teach 5-6 times a week in the white building to the right of the brown and green Torre Colon. It is Number 1, Castellana, a prestigious address indeed and home to the Madrid office of Banque de Credit Agricole.
Christopher Columbus's stature is dwarfed by the Torre Colon behind it. Torre Colon was one of the early Madrid Skyscrapers and for a while in the early to mid 70s was the tallest building in Madrid. The green top was a later addition, apparently added when it's pre-eminence in altitude came under threat!

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18 comments - The latest ones
Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge
Prachtig Gebouw----Gebouw op een gebouw !
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Ulrich,
Marco,
Fred,
Very many thanks!
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Thank you, Erhard!
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Philippe,
Annemarie,
Marie-claire,
Many thanks!
4 weeks ago.
Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne
You work in a beautiful building Andy.
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne
I teach there for a total of 7 hours a week and teach at many other location throughout Madrid too. But I think this is the nicest location of them all!
4 weeks ago.
Gudrun
Gudrun
The building you work in looks much nicer than the Torre! What is it about English speakers that many only ever know the English version of foreign names and places? I remember one occasion when some Americans mixed up Bayreuth and Beirut;-)
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Gudrun
On the other hand, we call Felipe VI 'Felipe VI' and the Spanish call Elizabeth II 'Isabel II', etc!
4 weeks ago. Edited 4 weeks ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
Looks like a nice clean town.
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Eunice Perkins
Yes, the cleaning personnel get going in the small hours. Since the recession, it hasn't been every night, and if you go for a walk in the city after midnight on Sunday, as many people do, then you will see lots of rubbish. But a walk in the same areas on Monday afternoon and everything will be clean and tidy again!
2 weeks ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Was news to me too!
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Larry Drummond
Exactly!
When I first discovered this, many years ago, I was a little disconcerted to find that one of the most famous persons in history was named after a piece of anatomy or a punctuation mark!
4 weeks ago. Edited 4 weeks ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Such a beautiful, well kept and clean plaza...............nicely taken Andy.

Is it always that deserted or were you there very early ready for work?
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker has replied to Keith Burton
I was early for a 2 o'clock class so I went for a brief walk round the square. Don't forget, if it's very hot, the Spanish sensibly stay in the shade, or indoors. And it was very hot!
4 weeks ago. Edited 2 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Rosa,
Gudrun,
Eunice
Larry,
Keith,
Thank you all!
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
cammino,
Leif,
Berny,
Many thanks!
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Many thanks, Rashid!
4 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Many thanks, Nouchet!
3 weeks ago.