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A special building to me, and a tale.

A special building to me, and a tale.
'Why so, Andy?'
'Well, my friends, it is here I first met my girlfriend.
Let me explain ...'
This is Banco Santander's Madrid base for official functions, banquets, award ceremonies and so on. Their actual head office is some way out of Madrid and covers rather more ground than this palacete (or 'little palace') on the Paseo de la Castellana, but they needed somewhere prestigious and central for functions.
Training is also held here so I found myself teaching Business English here in 2012.
Half way through the term, a sensational - looking lady burst into my class (all 6 foot 3 of her, legs up to her armpits, flaming shock of red curly hair and a genuine kaftan! I hadn't seen one since the 70s!) Anyway, she said in very cut-glass tones (Spanish cut-glass obviously); "Good afternoon! Sorry to jump straight in like this. You don't know me and I'm not on your student list. But I've just got head office to agree I can join your class. OK?" ... as she proceeded to plonk herself down on the only available seat. Her cheek was in the fact that she never worked for Banco Santander but for the Fundación Santander, a totaly different body and not one that should have enjoyed the same staff perks; but as their own were inferior, she decided to get round the system. She is good at getting what she thinks is her due!
She was never added to my list of 'official' students and so to this day I think she pulled a fast one, but bully for her!!!
The rest is history!

Ernest CH, Philippe, volker_hmbg, HelenaPF and 28 other people have particularly liked this photo


55 comments - The latest ones
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Superbe avec un bel angle de tir ..!
Bonne fin de soirée.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Thank you Malik. You can now read my story!!!
3 months ago.
Malik Raoulda club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Je l'avait déjà lu,mais j'avais pas voulu commenter
votre histoire me disant que c’était privé...!
Bonne soirée.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Malik Raoulda club
i understand but no problem here!
2 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo de ce bâtiment. Nicole. Bonne semaine.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Nicole Merdrignac club
Merci, Nicole!
3 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Good to see what they spend my money on !! A great story Andy apart from being taken by her looks was she a good student ??
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Peter Castell club
Ha ha ha!
A waste of YOUR money, to be sure, Peter.
(sorry about that!)
But pleased you liked the story. Yes. She was a superb student; able to energise the entire class (and her teacher)! In fact, we are still in regular contact with 3 of the other students from that class, mainly due to her dynamism, not my didactic flair.
Oh well ... !
3 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Un edificio tan hermoso, de banco tan importante, no va a tener mala representación, menos la Fundación que ha de mostrar la mejor cara del banco, patrocinando importantes eventos. Solo nos queda esperar a que un día compartáis fotos de ambos.
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to José Manuel Polo club
I wish, but alas! My girlfriend will not allow anyone to photograph her. I certainly don't understand the reasons why and have managed to post only one or two over the years.
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
 Frans Schols
Frans Schols club
Schitterende opname en een prachtig verhaal,Andy.
Hartelijke groeten,Frans.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Frans Schols club
Thank you, Frans!
3 months ago.
 Jean
Jean club
What a lovely story and a suitably grand palace to meet in. I think you are a lucky man Andy.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jean club
I think so too, Jean!
2 months ago.
 Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours club
Great and beautiful perspective, certainly conducive to beautiful and great encounters - although this is not its primary objective (well... ;).
Nice slice of life, and superb shot, Andy!
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Eric Desjours club
Pleased you like it, Eric! Thank you.
2 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
That’s very interesting ! Good Morning, Andy !
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Ulrich John club
Many thanks, Ulrich!
2 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Impressive building; well captured Andy.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you, Jaap!
2 months ago.
 beverley
beverley club
an interesting story indeed and a fine building too well taken Andy . . . :)
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to beverley club
Pleased you like story and shot, Bev!.
2 months ago.
 Nick Weall
Nick Weall club
A great story Andy :)
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Nick Weall club
Thank you, Nick!
2 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
What a lovely story Andy! I knew it would be about your girlfriend as soon as I read the title :-))
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
I'm quite certain you did, Rosa!
2 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
well seen and taken
Happy new week:)
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Annemarie club
Many thanks, Annemarie!
2 months ago.
 ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
★彡 Good work. Have a lovely new week 彡★
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Thank you, June!
2 months ago.
 Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger club
A nice tale to tell Andy.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Roger Dodger club
Many thanks, Roger!
2 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
A great (and brave tale) to tell Andy. Looks like a specail building for sure and now you have a special girl-friend too. Well done on both counts.

Herb
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Herb Riddle club
Thank you Herb, although you may not have noticed that the tale is from 2012 and she's the same girlfriend I've had since then!
2 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
An imposing building and interesting story, Andy.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to tiabunna club
Pleased you like both, George!
2 months ago.
 Sarah O'
Sarah O' club
Hey Andy, I LOVE THE STORY.... that's fantastic.... the photo is well taken, the building has such beautiful architecture and all those BALCONIES... its a great photo.
Best wishes, Sarah
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Sarah O' club
Thank you, Sarah. Happy that you like my little tale (true in every detail) as well as the shot!
2 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A impressive "little" palace Andy and it looks fantastic in the sunshine. Very nicely captured.

A lovely story too................I love the way you described her entry to the room. It seems you had no choice in the matter..!!
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Keith Burton club
As she started, so she carried on, Keith. This is Spain where men have no say in any matter at all, but must have the memory of an elephant and jump with immediate enthusiasm at any new idea, no matter how bonkers!
2 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
A wonderful picture and a beautiful story that makes you smile, Andy. :)
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to * ઇઉ * club
Thank you, * ઇઉ *. Hopefully my true tale made a few others smile too!
2 months ago.
* ઇઉ * club has replied to Andy Rodker club
I hope so too. :)
2 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Gotcha'.. on the story Andy.... so we want to know....- is this girlfriend 'still' your girlfriend ?
or have you both moved on to new pastures ? // Ps. that's a fine buliding.. // Cheers from Dj.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to David G Johnson club
8 years 4 months and somehow the show is still on the road (although distanced socially these past 3 months!)
We will meet up for a beer later this week.
2 months ago.
 FarbFormFreude
FarbFormFreude club
thanks for the Story, that warms my heart ...
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to FarbFormFreude club
Pleased to hear it!
2 months ago.
 Gracie
Gracie club
I like this story. The description you make of your lady friend is quite vivid. I wonder if the picture in my head would match? She of course, would have to be wearing a kaftan.
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Gracie club
I can't post a photo, Gracie because she won't allow it and I see absolutely no reason why not. But there we are!
2 months ago.
 Anton Cruz Carro
Anton Cruz Carro club
A beautiful place to know true love. I love that area of Madrid and the building is fantastic. Best wishes, Anton.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Anton Cruz Carro club
Lovely comment! Thank you Anton!
2 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Wow what a great story - you found love without looking for it. This building is a beautiful one too.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jenny McIntyre club
Great comment! Thank you, Jenny!
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
 volker_hmbg
volker_hmbg club
Its a nice building, but the story to it is even nicer ; )
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to volker_hmbg club
Thank you, Volker!
2 months ago.

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