Written by Wena Poon. Alex has persuaded Roberto, now retired, to return from California to Spain to help her become a torero. Visiting the Bullfighting Museum in their home town of San Martin, they are standing with Hector - the curator and aficionado - in front of some very familiar exhibits.
Some bullfighting terms:
goyesca - a unique style of bullfighter's suit originally designed by the painter Goya, used only during bullfights in the Spanish city of Ronda, or elsewhere on special occasions
muleta - the red cape used by the bullfighter in the final act of a bullfight.
cuadrilla - the team of men assisting the matador in the bullfight, comprising 3 banderilleros and 2 picadores. Sometimes the sword boy and assistant are also included in this definition, bringing the official count to seven.
Abridged by Jeremy Osborne
Read by Lorelei King
Producer: Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.