Monthly Archives: June 2011

Your Daily Food Markets

{Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona, Spain}

Throughout the last couple months of my travels, I have sampled, devoured, and monched on more varieties of food than I think I have tried in the past 5 years of my life. One of my favorite parts of this food adventure is finding the origins of these creations: the markets. Locals flock to buy their daily groceries while I get to wander around wishing I had a kitchen in my disposition at that moment to brutally attempt to whip up some sort of stupendous cuisine. Sadly this has not happened yet. (Mostly due to my lack of access to a kitchen and my undeveloped cooking skills.) Here are some of the markets I have encountered so far. You can click on the links below the pictures for better explanations.

P.S. if anyone wants to teach me how to cook various European cuisines (or any cuisines for that matter) let me know.

{Rialto Market in Venice, Italy}

{Medina in Rabat, Morocco}

{Haymarket in Boston, US}

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Notre Dame

The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in Europe (thank you high school art history class). It is a must see when visiting, even if it is just walking around the outside. I’m not a big architecture expertise or a big historical church visitor, but it doesn’t take much knowledge to know this is gorgeous. I couldn’t imagine constructing Notre Dame now, let alone in 1163. The thin walls, which became a popular style in French Gothic architecture, lead to many stress fractures during the construction. The addition of flying buttresses, which can be seen on the back side of the cathedral, provided the additional support needed to maintain this structure. Eventually they became popular and somewhat decorative. Flying buttresses can now be seen in many designs of other buildings throughout Europe.

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Art Alternatives

Europe is full of art. You have art museum after art museum after art gallery after, well you get the point. If you are an art buff, I don’t think you will run out of places to see when traveling around the various European cities. Though visiting art museums aren’t necessarily my top priority when traveling (no I did not go to the Louvre when I was in Paris), I  do appreciate a little street art every once in a while like here and here. These are just a couple pieces I saw while wandering this weekend.

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All in My Head

{Lounging at Opium in Barcelona with a bit of Cava Sangria}

These past couple weeks have  involved a  lot of planning, reserving, and researching for my upcoming month long European excursion in August (mentioned here). This has meant a bit less traveling and a lot more moments inside my head which has been an interesting contributor or lack thereof in terms of new blog posts. I am not sure if anyone can relate to that but hey ruts happen. A while back I mentioned moments like this. Ebb and flow just bring you down this path every once in a while. Luckily, this is a rarity. Nevertheless, random silly moments have still occurred these past couple weeks along with a weekend trip to Barcelona (I wasn’t bothered to take pictures however I can assure you it was an interesting time). But be ready, August shall bring crazy sights, stories, pictures, etc. Patience. I do not have it but summers always pass by faster than we like. New better posts will soon come.

{Sketches for a potential tattoo}

{Tea brought back from Istanbul}

{Stoked about my new longboard}

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Spanish Bull Fighting

A little disclaimer about this post: this topic is controversial and may make some people uncomfortable or upset. Take it for what it is. I am not saying I agree with the concept of bull fighting but it is a part of traveling and discovering cultural traditions, whether you agree with them or not.

Each country is usually associated with a particular symbol representative of the culture or lifestyle. France is commonly associated with the Eiffel Tower, Italy with gondolas, Germany with Oktoberfest, and Spain with bull fighting. This past weekend I attended a bull fight at the Plaza de Toros in Madrid. Yes, this is a controversial event both worldwide and within Spain.  The arguments between it being a cultural tradition or animal cruelty can go on for hours. It is not uncommon to see protests right outside the plaza. Nevertheless, the plaza is usually close to full capacity and the prestige associated with the “art” of bullfighting is still celebrated by many Spaniards and visitors alike. I kept these photos as PG as possible due to the sensitiveness of this “tradition”. I apologize if these photos or topic offends anyone, but it is an event that still goes on commonly today. I see it as part of a traveling experience.  Feel free to comment as you would like.

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Montmartre Artists

One of my favorite areas to view the city of Paris (other than here) is Montmartre; the hill situated in the northern part of Paris. Many artists like Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh had studios here. In this little artsy neighborhood, sketch artists and painters line the street portraying their talent for a chance to earn a bit of money. I didn’t get a sketch on this visit however I enjoyed strolling around watching each artist recreate their model posing nervously infront of them. It was a nice mini adventure for a couple hours on a sunny afternoon.

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Who Are You?

Who are you? Seems simple; I guess. I mean who really knows you better than yourself. Ok, this isn’t that easy to answer; it depends on a lot of things like how confident you are with yourself or how much you have experimented on what truly makes you happy. Take a couple minutes and write a paragraph or two answering: Who are you?

Here is my take on it.

I am a blonde Californian who wears feathers in my hair and is commonly referred to as rubia here in Spain. Some think of me as reserved hippy, but I think I am just me. I play guitar for myself as a way to relax (don’t ever expect a performance from me) and long board as an attempt to get exercise/think that I am cooler than I am but really it’s just a lazy way to get from one place to the other. At times I attempt to play bongos but its more painful to watch than it is entertaining. I like to think that I know a lot more than I really do, but I hold my own even if I am wrong. My personalities vary significantly depending on the language I speak (English=loud and outspoken. Spanish=quiet and observing the world around me) however, when I am not speaking I usually just smile to myself and think how crazy life can be.  

So who are you? Post it in the comment box below. This could take 2 minutes or 30. It depends on how well you know yourself. Write it in English, Spanish, French, German, or jiberish, I don’t care. The idea is to reflect. Even if the thought is incomplete, vague or seems stupid. It’s a start. Share. Don’t be shy. So start with this:

I am….

Now, go.

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