On a personal note, it was good to see my friend Daniel who was in Spain for a couple of days to meet with his supervisor. We also had a visit from another friend from Reading, Marianna. So on Tuesday we all went into Madrid to catch the football game at an Irish pub. It was a nice evening with much reminiscing and laughter. It is events like this that I really enjoy, and it makes me appreciate all the friends I have made in the course of my studies. Not necessarily just here in Europe, but throughout my undergraduate as well. It is just unfortunate that friends sometimes loose touch over distance and time.