Sunday, December 13, 2015

London

There's is nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere. Vivienne Westwood




One of the only regrets of our trip to Europe last year was that we didn't had many photos of us together.  We had a great amount of a mix of landscapes portraits of one of us.    

We knew it was something we wanted to be different this year.  Both of us are against selfie sticks and the reality is that when you asked someone to take a photo you don't always get the best photo.   When I saw Laura from Aspiring Kennedy photoshoot in Paris I knew it was what we needed.

We book a photographer though Flytographer.  They are a concierge service that help you hire a local photographer in 65 cities.  We had an amazing time walking around London with Emiliano and got amazing photos a few days latter.  I highly recommend the service. 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

52 books in 52 weeks. November

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live"  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone




A book with magic 
Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone by J.K. Rowling (5) 
I grew up with the Harry Potter books. As a fan, there was not other book with magic that I could have choose.  The books are written in a way that fires your imagination, no matter your age and have positive advices. It was a truly magical reading experience again.

A book that scares you 
The man in the high castle by Philip K. Dick (3)
The premise of the book sound interesting, an alternative time after the World War II.  The Allies lost the war as a consequence the United States is divided between Germany and Japan.  I read the book because I want to watch the Amazon tv show and it felt me deeply disappointed.  I kept expecting more intrigue or adventure.  Not my kind of book. 

A book set during Christmas 
Halfway to nowhere by Elena Aitken (3)
It takes place in Halfway, Montana where Nikky and Becky, high school best friends, reunited after 10 years of secrets and untold stories.  This was a good book to read on rainy cold days with a blanket while having tea.

A banned book 
The color purple by Alicia Walker (4) 
This is a powerful and emotional book about 2 sisters, Nettie and Celie and how they grew up in rural Georgia in the 1930's.  I found it hard to read because is written in southern accent.  Although it is really well written i wouldn't recommend it, I found it really sad.

Other books I recommend:
   

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A soccer game in Spain

El fútbtol es lo más importante entre las cosas menos importantes.  Jorge Valdano


On our recent trip to Spain, we wanted to go to watch live one of the best soccer leagues: La Liga. The BBVA Spanish soccer league, known as La Liga is played by 20 teams.  Each team plays two rounds against the other teams, once home and once away for 38 weeks, each week is called a jornada.  After the 38 weeks the team with the highest amount of points will be the Campeón de Liga.

While we were planning our trip we realized that there was a game to be play during our stay in Madrid, but not any game, the derbi madrileño. A game between the two soccer teams from Madrid: Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid. This is more than a game, is an old rivalry between los blanco (the whites) and los rojiblancos (the red and whites). 


The derbi usually has season records attendance and tickets sold out fast. We couldn't be more excited when we got the tickets.  

The day of the game, we took the train to the Vicente Calderón stadium, the closer we got to the stadium the more rojiblancos were on board, people from all ages, many father and sons and even grand fathers and whole families.  Except for a few, the whole stadium was cheering for Atletico, all wearing red made. 

From the moment the players where at the field the passion was afloat.  The stadium is impressive and the ambience is hard to beat, the crowd sang and cheered the whole 90 minutes.  Everything is debated and criticized from goals to plays of the opposite team.   Non stop emotions during the whole game. 

Real Madrid dominated the first half of the game and scored early in the game by Karim Benzema.   A penalti kick was stopped by the Real Madrid goalkeeper, Keylor Navas. The Atletico managed the second half and it ended in a tie.  

As Mexicans we grew up around the passion that soccer creates and as Real Madrid fans this was one in a lifetime experience that won't be easily forgotten.  HALA MADRID! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

52 books in 52 weeks. October

"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world". ― Malala Yousafzai, I am Malala.


A book with a love triangle  (4)
If you only knew by Kristan Higgins
The book is mainly about secrets and sisterhood.  It tells the story of 2 sisters Jenny and Rachel.   Jenny recently divorced decided to relocated her bridal shop closer to her family.  Meanwhile her sister Rachel will discover that her husband is cheating on her.  It was a perfect book for a long plane ride.

A book you were supposed to read in school but you didn't  (4)
A moveable feast by Ernest Hemingway
This book is a must-read. I regret it took me so long to read it.  It was written when Hemingway was older and looked back to the time when he lived in Paris in the early 20th century. When I read it, I basically travel to Paris and back.   I can't recommend it enough.

A nonfiction book ★ (5)
The crossroads of should and must by Elle Luna
Have you ever felt that you are not happy with your current life path because you are not doing anything that you love?  This book helps you to find a way, time and prioritized your passions in order to live a happier life.   It is so down to earth and written in a way I love it!  Good I bought it in paperback to enjoy all the graphics.

A book base on a true story ★ (5)
I am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
I have been lucky enough to live in places where I have been able to study, read and learn whatever I have decided. I  have taken for granted all the liberties and opportunities I have got in life. In some places people are fighting for the most basic human rights. 
The book open my eyes to other realities.  I deeply admired Malala.  At her young age she is brave, committed and wise.  She is the voice of many girls and an inspiration.  It doesn't matter how old you are, we can change the world.

Other books I recommend:

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

A day trip to Toledo, Spain

Toledo, solar hispano, crisol de la raza íberica.  Dichoso aquel que naciera español y toledano. Miguel de Cervantes

A day trip to Toledo, Spain

On our recent trip to Europe we spent some days in Madrid, while we were there we took a day trip to Toledo.  

Just outside Madrid lies Spain's former capital, the historic city of Toledo.  This medieval hilltop town is a witness of Spain's captivating past.  The buildings and streets contained within the old city walls hold hundreds of years of history. 

Toledo is like a step back in time.  The city was conquered by the Romans, then became the capital of the Visigothic Kingdom then was taken over by the Moors occupation and the Reconquest.  It was the capital of Spain empire until the 16th century.  Its 2,000 years of history makes the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

During it's splendor, the city maintained an amicable cohabitation of Catholics, Jews and Muslims, it's nickname is the "The city of the three cultures".  The combination of styles an cultures which resulted from this period in history left a rich cultural and architectural heritage, one of the city's unique characteristics.  Today we can admire the remains of cathedrals, mosques, churches and synagogues. 

Art and religion come together at the famous Cathedral of Toledo.  Among the gothic architecture were masterpiece by El Greco, Goya and more.   We also visited the Alcazar de Toledo, which is a military museum "Museo del Ejército". 

One of my favorite of the city was the train station.  When we arrived we had our first taste of Moorish inspire architecture: a brick facade, a tiled interior and a wood carved ticket counter.  It was the set of "El tiempo entre costuras", as a recreation of Tetuán, Morocco. 
   
Toledo is famous for its marzipan.  The most famous bakery making this sweet in all Spain is Confitería Santo Tomé.  I've never been a marzipan person but it was delicious.   I also suggest to try the manchego cheese,  a cheese made from the milk of sheep in the La Mancha region. 

A day trip to Toledo, Spain

A day trip to Toledo, Spain

A day trip to Toledo, Spain

A day trip to Toledo, Spain

A day trip to Toledo, Spain

A day trip to Toledo, Spain

A day trip to Toledo, Spain

Thursday, October 15, 2015

La catedral del mar (Cathedral of the Sea)

"El mar no sabe nada del pasado.  Ahí está.  Nunca nos pedirá explicaciones.  Las estrellas, la luna, ahí están y siguen iluminándonos, brillan para nosotros"  Ildefonso Falcones, La Catedral del mar

 La catedral del mar

A magical thing that I love about books is the way they can take you to different locations of the world through words.  Because of books I fall in love with a place without haven't been there, that place is Santa María del Mar. 

La catedral del mar (Cathedral of the sea) is a book written by Ildefonso Falcones.  It is an historical novel that take place in Barcelona in the 13 and 14th century.  Through the book we live the life of Arnau Estanyol and on a parallel story we became witnesses of the construction of Santa María del Mar. 

Santa María del Mar is a basílica located in a neighborhood know as La Ribera (the seashore) in Barcelona.  It was built from March 1329 to August 1384. When the it was built, La Ribera was a humble neighborhood inhabit mainly by fishermen.  This church distinguish form others because it was build only by donations.  

The church was mainly build by people who devoutly donated their time and hardwork.  They were called "bastaixos".  During the construction, they spent one day a week carrying stones in their backs from the royal quarry located in Montjuic.    Today, it is the only surviving church in the pure Catalan gothic style. 

I love when my passions converge in a once in a life time experience.

Santa María del Mar. Barcerlona

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Santa María del Mar. Barcerlona

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Santa María del Mar. BarcerlonaSanta María del Mar. Barcerlona

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Yakima, Washington

Travel brings power and love back to our life.  Rumi 



This year we decided to travel more around Washington.  We have gone to the islands, the coast and lately we decided to get on the road, our destination: Yakima. 

The scenery change drastically as we drove.  It goes from a green forest with tall trees to a dry prairie, in shades of brown and yellow and vast cultivated fields.   The closer we drove to Yakima the scenery become unbelievable.  

Yakima's location in eastern of Washington state, not only means there is lot to do but also that we were proximate to fascinating sites in just a short drive. We stayed in downtown Yakima and from there we drove to explore wineries, crop fields, breweries. It was a perfect location.

The Yakima valley is world renown for producing some of the finest wines in the nation.  It produces award wining cabernet, merlots, rieslings and rosés.  There are many wineries and wine tasting rooms to visit.  Our favorites were: Naches Heights Vineyard and Treveri Cellars

In addition, the valley produce 78% of the nation hops for breweries and recently more small breweries have been settle in the area.  We were able to fine IPA's, porters and pilsners and also to drink really close to all the hops.  

For this trip, GMC offered us a brand new Denali for the weekend. The GMC Denali is a full-size luxury SUV that can seat up to eight passenger.  I am not a into cars but there were some safety features that impress me like the side blind zone alert and the cross traffic alert.  Another awesome feature its that the car includes 4G LTE, that works as in-car Wi-fi hotspot.

View from Naches Heights, Yakima Washington

Naches Heights Vineyard. Yakima, WA

Treveri Cellars and Bale Breaker Brewing Company.  Yakima, WA

Treveri Cellars

Bale Breaker Brewing Company.  Yakima, WA

Bale Breaker Brewing Company.  Yakima, WA

Treveri Cellars. Yakima, WA

Gilbert Cellars. Downtown Tasting Room

GMC Acadia Denali

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Europe 2015, Recommendations?

One destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller

Recommendations for thing to do, eat, drink or shop in London, Madrid, Barcelona and Amsterdam
Photo credit: London, MadridBarcelona, Amsterdam
We are heading to Europe soon.  I am so excited for the cities we picked.  We have done some planning but If you have been to any of the places, let me know your recommendations for thing to do, eat, drink or shop in London, Madrid, Barcelona and Amsterdam. 
Thanks in advance. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

52 books in 52 weeks. August

I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.  J.K. Rowling

Book reviews of: Los crímenes azules, Me talk pretty one day, Dime quién soy and Room


A book with a color in the title  (3.5)
Los crímenes azules (The blue crimes) by Enrique Lazo
This book feels like reading an episode of Criminal minds or CSI: Ethan Bush a FBI agent, is in charge of  the investigation of 2 murders in a small town in Kansas, without clues or suspects of the murders.  Many suspects, details and childhood memories will lead us to the murder. 
I am fan of that kind of tv shows so the plot was a little bit predictable, but is well written.  A good thriller.

A funny book  (2)
Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris
I have no idea how people can describe this book as funny, but two persons never read the same book. This was my first book by David Sedaris, and my last.  The book contains short stories about his life since childhood memories, to college days, his days living in NY and last his life in France.  Probably the best part is the tales about his childhood after that it, in my opinion it went downhill.  I found him boring and ignorant. 

A book that was originally written in a different language  (5)
Dime quién soy by Julia Navarro
The book revolves around Guillermo, a journalist who is investigating the life of his great grandmother Amelia Garayoa.  The research embarks him on a journey back on time.  Though the eyes of Amelia he will relive the last 50 years of history from the Spanish Civil War and World War II to the Cold war.  
Even when it is a long book, it keeps you captivate until the end. I am a big fan of historical fiction novels and I become a fan of the author Julia Navarro.
The main reason why I read this book is because my grandmother grew up at the same time as the book develops.  I was interested in how was Spain before and during the Civil War, mainly because as the book said it must be terrible not to know who we are and the only way to know is in the history of our ancestors.

A book with alone word title  (4)
Room by Emma Donoghue
In this book Jack tells though his eyes and his voice how was his life with his, Ma in a 12 square foot room.  The room is the only world he knows and the only place where he has been.  His ma was kidnapped and held hostage since before Jack was born.  
This is the kind of book that if you read it, will stay with you.  It is sad, heartbreaking but also is inspiring and shows how big the love of a mother could be to tried to make her son happy.  
The movie will be released on October 16th, 2015. 


Other books I have read this year:

 Book reviews of: El tiempo entre costuras (The time in between), The vacationers, Nineteen minutes, The girl with all the gifts.52 books in 52 weeks. The DUFF, Luckiest girl alive, The book of unknown americans and The nightingale

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Volunteer Park Conservatory

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.   Henri Matisse

Volunteer Park Conservatory

For more than 100 year, the Volunteer Park Conservatory has been a refuge in the heart of Seattle. The victorian style glasshouse is located in Capitol Hill in Volunteer Park. 

The Volunteer Park Conservatory remains as unique today as the day it opened in 1912. From the beginning the Conservatory's mission was to educate, collect and conserve plants and to transport visitors beyond the park to another world and this philosophy continues today. 

The conservatory structure is made of 3426 panels of glass that allows the sun into the botanical gardens.  There are different displays: bromeliads, ferns, palms, seasonal and cacti and succulents.  It is mainly maintain by volunteers which make this place even more special. 

The usual fee is $4 but is free the first Thursday and first Saturday of every month. I would highly recommend spending the afternoon there.  A perfect quite scape from the city. 

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Conservatory


Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Conservatory