lunes, 5 de julio de 2010
I was walking through the Royal Botanic Gardens the other day, and a sudden thought hit me. In the past two years I have visited, enjoyed and/or lived in five of the most beautiful cities in the world: Boston, London, Paris, Montreal and Sydney. Going through the pictures I realized that I have been all the way half-around the world, and well, I have 13 more destinations to get to in the upcoming six months. It is surprising and exciting, because these seems more like a dream than any reality. These cities are beautiful, complex and so different but still in each of them I have learn so much about human nature and about how no matter where you are we all share characteristics that are undeniable. I just wanted to share this extreme happiness of knowing how many opportunities I have had and how thankful I am for them :)
miércoles, 9 de junio de 2010
I never completely realized the power of food in our lives. We spend a considerably amount of time thinking about it, making preparations for it (supermarket visits, city convenience trips at two in the morning, cravings, late night in the dining hall, and so many others). There was a time in my life where I didn't eat very well. Somehow, my levels of stress were correlated to eating, and if I was stressed I could not eat well. I learned how to manage that and now I am a food fanatic. In this trip, specifically I have paid special attention to the tastes, the dishes and everything else. Even in the picture is possible to see a simple dinner that we cooked one of these nights, when a warm cooked meal was imperative. It is just chicken breasts with a touch of garlic, mash potatoes and an avocado salad with olive oil and salt. It sounds extremely simple, but the feeling that I got from that dinner was amazing. Food introduces inspiration in our life, we can play with the tastes and the colors to have our senses explode every time we try something new. Fish and chips by the beach, a classical italian antipasto, a chicken noodle soup, a tuna salad, sushi, an arab plate with hummus, chicken and rice.... All these are just some of the dishes that has grown to be my favorites here in Sydney. With food, I feel I am beginning a new journey that has many roads to explore.
miércoles, 2 de junio de 2010
We were in the bathroom the other day, and in our normal state of rush (that is hopefully beginning to change) I turned on the hand-dryer and it was the slower, softer warm air I have ever encounter in my life. It may sound irrelevant, I know, but it occurred to me that the hand-dryer has an australian personality. Why does a hand-dryer has to shoot a violent burst of hot air in your hands in order to maximize those 30 seconds of your life?. So, I decided that the next time I will wait for the aussie hand-dryer to dry my hands in its own time... in the end, it is just a part of cultural adaptation, even in the smallest details, right? ;).
martes, 1 de junio de 2010
There are no words to describe the beauty of this area. We went through the cliff in an hour walk (that extended due to our numerous stops to just sit and watch the scenery) that took us to several surfer beaches with high waves and a wild essence on them. We even saw a whale two meters away from the surfers doing its afternoon swim (It looks quite a lot like Willy), There were a lot of puppies in the way too, And I just remember that maybe, at some far point in my life I will stay in a place long enough as to have a Golden Retriever puppy (that will just be a dream come true), I hope Sam and Potter don't get jealous. Then we ate fish and chips in the last beach, and we sat by the sea in the sand to read, write and just breathe.... It was absolutely fantastic. Again the same themes recur, people here is just peaceful. It must be the nature effect, that when you are so close to this kind of wild beauty it gets contagious to your soul and emotions and it is inspiring to relate life and emotions to a simple hit of waves in the rocks.
domingo, 30 de mayo de 2010
Friday we went to a Harbor Cruise and we saw the Opera House, the city and Darling Harbor from the sea. It was so nice and I discover how beautiful is Sydney as a city. It is so modern and the harbor is just spectacular. Afterward, we went to Cargo Bar where I finally drank my Malibu drink with Orange Juice (so good). I am starting to fall in love with this city, my favorite thing thus far is the laid back atmosphere. No one seems in a rush and everyone enjoys the moment. Aussies are really amazing too. They have helped us in anything we need. I am beginning to feel as laid back as an authentic Australian, my shoulders hadn't feel this relaxed since... well I cannot remember. :)