Thursday, August 25, 2016

We have two lives




We all think we are going to be great. And we feel a little bit robbed when our expectations aren't met. But sometimes our expectations sell us short. Sometimes the expected simply pales in comparison to the unexpected. You gotta wonder why we cling to our expectations. Because the expected is what keeps us steady...standing..still. The expected is just the beginning. The unexpected...is what changes our lives.

I left for Prague in search of some inner peace -as stupid as it may sound- after a rough year with lots of changes and hard situations in all kinds of fields. They say sometimes you just need to follow your instinct and that's definitely what I did. Feeling kinda drowned and overwhelmed I booked tickets to Prague and didn't want to share the experience with friends or family -as selfish as it sounds..- but more in a "I need this" way rather than "oh I'm just missing the city".

Expectations? Relax. Museums, books, nights at the apartment reading and blogging. 
Reality? Much better. Except for the last day, oh the post-vacation blues and realizing you're coming back... So my advice to anyone who feels stressed and not coping with everything is to just book a flight and leave for some days. Go anywhere you want. Even if you are not going to travel around and feel like being at home/hotel doing whatever, or if you want to meet people from other completely different cultures. I came back feeling great and ready to continue with all the stressing life but facing it differently. Some things I got over, that's just wonderful. Others I just faced them and voilà, came back with a deal of motivation :) 

They say we do have two lives... The 2nd one is when you realize you've got one.
xx
lau.

What to do in NYC at Christmas

Browsing on Pinterest I found really nice pictures of Christmas time in New York, and found some blog posts and articles about ideas to do and see in THE city and I must say it all looks so gorgeous I can't wait to get on a plane and spend my winter holidays there :)

Yes the weather can be a b* there but come on have you seen those lights and crazy decor all around? I must go only to be surrounded by so many xmassy decor and atmosphere! The city lights up into a fabulous Winter Wonderland full of details and Christmas trees 

Here's a selection of some things I found interesting to have on my list for my next December:


  • Have a hot chocolate with marshmallows on top 
  • Swing on by the Miracle on 9th Street holiday pop-up bar. All cocktails are named after Christmas movies, songs or characters!
  • Holiday markets (it's already a lau+mou tradition and honestly they all look the same)
  • Ice-skating for my friend (i'm going to play the photographer role)
  • Fall in love with the window shops of 5th ave. Their window displays are works of art. 
  • Peppermint Mocha in a cozy café:)
  • See the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center (also in Met Museum, Madison Sq Park, library and the one inside the Plaza Hotel and the courtyard of Palace Hotel). Since 1933 the Rockefeller Center  Christmas Tree has been a tradition for many locals an tourists. 



Apart from those great ideas we already had a list in mind whenever we talked about a possible future trip to NYC. Every time we watched/commented on FRIENDS/SATC/GOSSIP GIRL episodes, the topic came up. And I have always been a bit uninterested when it came to NYC -I have always been a lover for European countries and architecture. But oh well Christmas is another thing... you got me there! Having already experienced the charming winter holidays in London and Central Europe countries (they live it to the fullest), it was time to go big or go home. 

  • Some shopping of course. And I'm guessing slatkin&co and Yankee Candles, clothes and mostly things we don't have in our country.
  • Strolling around 5Ave feeling a bit Serena and Blair (lol we wish)
  • NYC Movie spots! Home Alone much? :')
  • FRIENDS movie spots if possible (we MUST recreate Phoebe scene asking for charity lol)
  • I wish I had the time and money to watch an NBA game but oh well... bucket list
  • Hot chocolates and warm teas and coffees all xmasy
  • Top building views: Empire State Building, Chrysler building,...
  • Central Park walk 




And many more things I can't recall now due to my hyper excitement just by thinking of it and picturing us and my bad luck around the Big Apple (already thinking of my outfits). Of course I am a freak for all things xmassy and also for fashion, so if we mix them up I can literally go crazy, and a pain in the neck to my friend if I get statue-like when witnessing those designer windows xmas-themed, all gold and glittering...

Bergdorf Goodman

Henri Bendel
Lord and Taylor
Barneys




What are we going to find apart from all things listed above?

  • Empire State building lights up its top building in red and green :)
  • Gigantic Holiday Cheer: really big xmas ornaments are displayed around the city
  • Union Square Holiday Market: perfect to get some holiday handmade gifts for our friends and family
  • Sledding: major snow? While M slides and skates I can internally sing Sleigh Ride xmas carol.
  • Dyker Heights Holiday lights: please!! let's have a look about the craziness in one of NYC boroughs.







The craziness is real in that district! Dangerously in the xmas mood already, I am quite eager for fall to come, really. I am fed up with the summer weather in Southern Europe and can't wait to get chilly evenings, browns reds and yellows everywhere and fall clothes hmmm :) So despite my desperation for this holiday season trip I am not bonkers (yet). 

For those of you who have already spent your xmas holidays in the Big Apple feel free to share your experience, opinions and suggestions :) I will take notes of everything!
xx
lau

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Malaga (didn't) blue my mind...

MALAGA

2-3 days were more than enough for me to visit Malaga last week, and I guess I would have enjoyed the city a lot more if I had traveled in any other season but infernal summer down there. Bad luck is my travel assistant wherever I go so this time it got stuck with me during almost the whole trip. uhmm.. 

source: exploramalaga.com


The only reason I was stopping by Malaga was because I was travelling to Granada on Saturday and meeting one of my friends there to visit the city and spend some days around, but since I have a friend who I hadn't seen for a couple of years living in Malaga I decided to go there some days prior my meeting in Granada. 

Arrival: Great time to arrive around 13h but of course my friend was working until 18h. His flatmate was supposed to meet me and let me in the flat or give me the keys or whatever so i didn't have to walk around with my bags under a threatening sun and almost 40 degrees. Woohoo I called him and he said he wasn't home so I had to make some time around the airport (only idea i came up with... since they have air conditioning cafes and shops) avoiding the deadly hours of southern Spain (you can't really go out until the evening/night). After hours of reading and taking some coffees I went to my friend's house by train and he picked me up but had to do some work before going out for a walk. 
Once in Malaga: Lucky me no air conditioning either and I was starting to feel what this weekend was going to be like..hmm. The rest of the evening and night went super great and we got time to catch up and go for some drinks around town and cocktails at the rooftop terraces of some hotels (with great views). But due to a mutual misunderstanding we found out that he was leaving next morning on a trip and I was leaving on Saturday (yaay a whole day for me in the scorching Malaga).




Friday: I got up when my friend left and had plenty of time to decide what to do... the only problem was that it felt like we were in hell. Hot air and fierce sun. After a couple of showers and thousands of fb checkings.. i went for a coffee frappé and sandwich to clear my mind about what to do around there. Yes you have things to see but when the weather is making you sweat that much... outdoors are not an option. Of course: shops! Shoping mall! yeees finally somewhere with air and entertainment. Oh wait. everything was closed. The town was celebrating their festivities and of course everyone was around the center celebrating and drinking (Yes. I was a bit shocked to see people a bit drunk around midday). After crossing the crowded streets I went to the Picasso museum which i was interested in but it also had air!! And Pollock exhibition.  Mosquitoes came to the visit with me and couldn't resist biting me. So lucky.



I had lunch in the center and decided to go home and go Spaniard: siesta time. That was kinda impossible for me since I am not used to take naps..and the weather made it also difficult. Luckily i had my book and spent part of the afternoon reading and talking to my friends on whatsapp. Oh yes and more mosquito bites. And my shoes decided to act like new shoes so my feet were hurt and I had to walk in pain. 



Around 18-19 I went for a walk around the city, next to their beaches and again the center but it was too crowded and full of police so I headed home again to watch Spain-USA basketball game (hee hee). Around midnight I decided to call it a day and try to sleep already. I fell asleep but at 2 in the morning some mosquito decided to try me...several times. Yay. Feeling desperate and looking for some spray around the house I lost all my sleepiness and my body was full of bites.
I don't know what I might have done in other lives but karma is making sure I pay my debts...

On Saturday I could see some shops (fiuu) and everything looked better with a more busy environment and morning coffee (miracle poison). I packed everything and went to the bus station to meet my friend in the lovely Granada.

I am not saying Malaga is a place to avoid, but I guess i would have it enjoyed more with another weather and some friends (and visiting places nearby) and a more non-holiday environment. What I heard is that villages around Malaga are great and worth visiting, and I think i will come back when Barça plays in their amazing stadium!

xx
lau