Monday, June 27, 2011

Travel::: The Netherlands


Oh, how quickly the year had gone by. Upon my return home I barely noticed that the leaves had turned green, then red, then suddenly, as if nature had played a mean little trick on them, the branches were bare all over again. The air was cold, thicker. The sun refused to make it's usual morning appearance. And rain had become the dominant force of nature. It seemed as if so many things had been occupying my mind that I never even heard the sound of the calendar pages as they gently hit the hardwood floor. As if trying to remind me of what season I should be living in. Pulling me away from times past. As if trying to snap me back to reality.

So it's been a year. Now I am back.


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There's an odd tranquility to be found in The Netherlands. I can't seem to pinpoint exactly what it is. But perhaps the answer lies in the obvious contrast between the Spanish and the Dutch cultures. On the one side there's the Spaniards, loud by nature, unbelievers of such a thing as personal space, and pathologically late. The Dutch on the other hand, always on time, peaceful, and seemingly quiet people. The small buildings, green landscapes, and historical windmills. The quiet streets only to be occasionally disturbed by the ringing of a nearby bicycle passing by. It gets me every time.



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I was blessed to be able to indulge in this experience one more time, even if just for the weekend. I must admit that this visit was much more relaxed and peaceful than my first. You see, this time I knew better than to try to fill every minute of the day with sightseeing and the like. Instead, I took long walks with friends, had wonderful conversations, and thoroughly enjoyed lengthy sessions of reading and drinking herbal tea. Perfection at its finest.

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Yes, a year had gone by, but for me it served as proof that sometimes I need to have a little more faith in people. For it taught me that it really is true what they say, good things do come to those who wait.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Findings::: "Michael Jackson"



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His childhood was cut short, and so was his life. He was an artist. A man who inspired thousands. He was Michael Jackson.



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He was tormented, but his music enriched countless lives, and many of his songs brought the world a message of hope. So many loved him and so many just loved making fun of him. I personally love that his music brings back so many childhood memories. But it's not just about me. Who hasn't tapped their foot on the floor to a good Michael Jackson beat? Who hasn't danced around pretending to be a zombie when "Thriller" was on the radio? And who doesn't get emotional with "Heal The World?" -sigh- And when someone influences people, it changes the world. Music was changed, forever. Dance was changed, forever.


No credit to myself, these are just a few things I found across the web this morning. So here's my little tribute to Michael Jackson. And even though his body is gone, his memory will live forever. So all I'm really saying here is: Long live the king.


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R.I.P. Michael. I really hope you finally found peace.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Findings:::"Facebook Crazy"

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I love facebook, it's a fact. I think that it is a great way to stay in touch with people who are bad at emailing, live on the other side of the world, or to just be able to comment away on silly little things that go about my friend's everyday lives. It's also a great business tool. Just ask all the small companies making money off of things like this:

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Order one here.

It spreads like wildfire, and (for the most part) I love that. I can upload a picture and know that all the people interested can see it so quickly. That being said, there are some limits to my love for all things facebook. Limit number one, I would never get a facebook tattoo. Call me crazy, but that's just where I draw the line.



I also have to frown upon the couple that named their child "Like" after the facebook "like" button. I do have to admit to thinking it would be hilarious to have twin boys and name them "Mac&PC" but I would never actually do it. Not because it's mean, or because they'd hate each other, but simply because it would be too obvious to the world which one would definitely be mommy's favorite! ;)

Happy Friday! (Don't spend it all on facebook!)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Holidays:::"Fallas"

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Once a year and all around the Spanish province of Valencia (on the beautiful Mediterranean coast) you can find the most unusual inhabitants on every corner. They are called Fallas, and you're gonna love them. Each neighborhood in Valencia gets together and they create these amazing "temporary statues" out of wood, plaster, and paint. On the night of March 19th, Saint Joseph's Day, they set off a ridiculously awesome show with firecrackers and fireworks and burn them. I'm always sad that they have to burn them, but they do save one and put it in the Fallas museum. The whole thing is a little bit crazy, huh?

Crazy awesome! It's great to spend a couple days walking around the city seeing the creative caricatures of famous people or events, not to mention the amazing artwork involved. It's definitely one of my favorite things about Spain. People from all over the world come and visit it, and in the last couple of years my family has been very good about manning up the 9 hour drive (each way) and visiting for the weekend. So if you ever visit Spain in mid-march you should definitely check it out. One last word of advice: bring earplugs if you plan on getting any sleep. The firework shows starts at 1 am, people celebrating throw firecrackers all night long, and at 8 am every morning they have the infamous "Despert√°". Every neighborhood has little marching bands of people playing traditional music with drums and trumpets. "They are waking up the people so they can celebrate Fallas!" was the obvious answer my dad gave us girls when we asked him why the locals hated us so much as to not want to let us sleep. So like I said, get some earplugs! ;)



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1st prize for best lighting setup.

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The girls waiting their turn to give the flower offering to the Virgin Mary...
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All of her clothes are made from the flowers from the offering.





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These are "cortes", typical Valencian ice cream sandwiches!


And finally the moment of truth...

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This always looks like the end of the world to me...

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Obama didn't burn! Haha.

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I can't post about Valencia and not have a picture of me and my yaya! Love her! :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Findings::: "Shower Fun"



It's funny how the simplest things in life can also be the funniest. I love finding humor in the most ordinary and typical things of daily life, they are the ones I can relate to the most and I think that's why I find them to be so hilarious. I guess it's because right when I think I have everything figured out, something like this comest along. Maybe it's just my not-so-inner nerd coming out to play once again, or the profound belief that Mac beats PC, but I find this shower curtain hilariously irresistible.

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But don't worry, if you're a mac hater just get yourself one of these Do-It-Yourself shower curtains and get your iHate on with a list of reasons why you think Apple is overrated. If you're feeling extra creative maybe even make it into a song that you can whole-heartedly sing in the shower.

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And to continue with the every day situation/shower theme of the day, here's a funny little prank a friend shared with me. I almost feel bad for the guy, but then I realize he has really really clean hair.


Happy squeaky-clean Friday! :D


Monday, June 6, 2011

Vero::: Maternity


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My weekend in Madrid was bound to be quite busy. I had booked a maternity session for Sunday, but got to spend the first two days visiting friends and my older brother Ari. I was a bit excited about this specific shoot because as it happens to be, the best part was that my client, Veronica, has also been one of my best friends for most of my life. It was so funny to see her wobbling around and nervously awaiting starting a new season in her life. The shoot was quick but I loved how even though I knew she always feels insecure in front of cameras, she trusted me 100% with the results. Having models like that is just a great thing. Having a friend like her, is just a huge blessing.

So now I am an "honorary" aunt of her (now born) baby boy, Diego. We are now scheduling the trip for me to go back to Madrid and do a little shoot of the adorable little leading man in her life. :)




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I can't wait to meet him! :)


Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Findings::: "Hippos On Bikes"

At this point I want to point out that all photos uploaded on Friday Findings I have found on the internet and am taking no credit over. It simply got a little bit dangerous for me to keep posting photos of those around me (and therefore having opportunities to kill me at any moment) and I unsurprisingly chose life over death. That being said, on occasion I will still post some of my own from time to time. For example, when those people are on vacation or I am out of the country! The internet is full of goodies anyway, so we'll still have fun! Starting out with.... what's wrong with this photo?

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Sometimes I feel like some people make way too much of an effort to not move.


On the other hand, this video reminds me of what happens about twice a month between me and my younger sisters! LOL. Now remember to thank me for posting it, when the song is stuck in your head all weekend long. You're welcome internet! :)



Happy Friday!