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Day 1: Our 19 pilgrims have arrived safely in Madrid for our pilgrimage. Many arrived several days ago or more in order to travel and acclimate to Spanish time. This evening, we began with a festive reception in the rotunda of the Westin Palace Hotel in the heart of Madrid. Dinner was delightful. Author, historian, speaker and journalist Giles Tremblant, author of The Ghosts of Spain gave us a great overview of Spanish history and the Spanish Civil War and its impact on Spain today.