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he first time I vis­ited Madrid, I was 17 and more in­ter­ested in get­ting to the fa­mous beaches at Sit­ges. The sec­ond time was a few years ago, and I was en route to Sar­ria to start the Camino de San­ti­ago. Last fall, be­fore head­ing to Paris Fash­ion Week, I spent four days in Spain’s cap­i­tal, and this time I fell hard. Those first vis­its were like a first date: I was so dis­tracted by other “guys” (a.k.a. des­ti­na­tions) that I failed to no­tice this city’s en­dear­ing charms. I spent one evening tour­ing in­sider hot spots with ex­pat Brit Joanna Wiv­ell. Her af­fec­tion for this city—and its in­hab­i­tants, in­clud­ing Maria, a long­time street worker—is gen­uine. I asked her how she would de­scribe a first date with her city. “He’s got lots of en­ergy, and he be­lieves that ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble,” she said. “He loves to feel the buzz of oth­ers around him—and he wants you to be with him to enjoy this mo­ment in life.” Dis­cover a lit­tle more about my new fella in “True Love” (page 94). Plus, don’t miss “First Date Confidential” (page 60): your guide to find­ing love.

Noreen Flanagan Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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