Thursday, March 21, 2013

So I love Portland! I have visited Portland 4 times since October and I absolutely love it and I am going to be searching for jobs there as well as in Seattle starting in the next week or two. 

Over Fall Break (10/12 - 10/16) Jessica, Luisa, and I headed down to stay with Luisa’s aunt Alice. We spent Friday night on the Bolt bus getting to Portland and then on Saturday we ate at Pine State Biscuits for breakfast and indulged in biscuit sandwiches smothered in gravy and sweet iced tea, went mushroom hunting, bought salmon on the side of the road for dinner, went and saw salmon jumping up the river at some locks, gutted and cooked the salmon for dinner along with mushroom risotto, drank peach and plum shrub, and watched 3 episodes of Make It or Break it. On Sunday we ate Vietnamese noodles for breakfast at Ha VI, went thrifting at Bargain world where I found an awesome Colombia jacket for $2.45, bought soap at Lush, got pedicures, ate pizza on Alberta, got ice cream at Salt and Straw, my friends and I went to see 7 Psychopaths while Alice went on a date with her girlfriend, and then we of course watched more Make It or Break It. On Monday Jessica, Luisa, and I went to Nordstrom Rack, brought pho to Alice at the farm, walked down Alberta and went into a million cute shops, ate Biwa for dinner: 18 courses for $35 of delicious Japanese food, Luisa and I got ice cream again at Salt and Straw, and we finished up the night with Make It or Break It. Tuesday our friend Annin picked us up and we went to Voodoo Donuts so naturally Jessica and I split a Voodoo dozen and then we drove back to Tacoma to get ready for the second half of the semester!

The second time I visited Portland I went for work with my housemate and her dad. We tore through the town food wise and ate at Portobello, Las Gorditas, and New Seasons. So much good vegan food. It was so fresh and very different from the other times I had been to Portland. Not to mention I was working two ten hour days. -_-

The third time I checked out Portland Luisa and I headed down together on my birthday with our friend Annin after eating breakfast at Shakabrah. We spent 12/15 - 12/19 chilling with Alice and Sara and relaxing after having just finished our finals. We spent time walking down Alberta, got pedicures, Alice made me homemade carrot cupcakes for my birthday, we made homemade stew, watched Make It or Break It, went to Dim Sum Sunday brunch, walked Skeeter dog on the delta, went to Common Grounds Wellness center twice on separate days and soaked naked in the hot tub and the sauna for an hour each time outdoors and once it was raining and it felt sooo nice, made epic nachos for dinner, ate at Pine State: biscuits and hash browns and sweet tea, went to Nordstrom Rack, and saw Silent Night Deadly Night at Hollywood Theater. On Alice’s birthday Luisa, Sara, Alice, and I made lox for Alice’s bday breakfast, Luisa made an awesome chocolate coffee cake while Alice and I did an hour and a half hatna yoga class in the morning at a studio a block away from her apartment, went bird watching, made an epic cheese plate with brie and truffle cheese and quince paste, had uni shots: raw quail egg + tomato juice + uni (sea urchin gonads), blasted terrible Spanish music in the car, saw the Christmas lights on Peacock lane, Luisa and I went and saw Perks of Being a Wallflower and ate Mexican food while Alice and Sara went on their bday date, and of course more Make It or Break It. Overall a great way to start winter break and a month of no class! 

I will fill you in on my fourth visit to Portland this year in a couple of days! :) Except this time I visited Colombia River Gorge instead of the city itself. Still a great time though.

Canción popular del Sacromonte Arriba en la montaña Está mi gitano haciendo Los canastitos de cana; Está mi gitano haciendo Los canastitos de cana;
I took this photo when I was taking a walk in Sacromonte in the beginning of June 2012 with my mom :)

Canción popular del Sacromonte

Arriba en la montaña
Está mi gitano haciendo
Los canastitos de cana;
Está mi gitano haciendo
Los canastitos de cana;

I took this photo when I was taking a walk in Sacromonte in the beginning of June 2012 with my mom :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Found this picture tonight while looking for a profile picture for my linkedin profile. WHAT? I am growing up too fast! So much has changed in the past year… Instead of poncing around Spain I am preparing to graduate. That means getting a car and making professional profiles and applying to jobs. However before the mad rush to the finish starts, only 10 weeks until graduation, I am going to go on a camping trip with my friend Jessica and my school on Friday until Thursday. We will be going to the Redwood National Forest, Mt. Hood, checking out some hot springs in Oregon, snowshoeing, and lots of other fun things. Then on Friday my mom is flying in to help me get my new car :) Can’t wait to see her and have a relaxing weekend in Bellevue with her and my aunt. 

First step getting back from my spring break is applying to jobs, networking, and seeing if I can get a full time position with my current boss. I am also deciding between whether I want to register for the Seattle Rock N’ Roll half marathon and start training for that or if I want to do Crossfit… I am thinking Crossfit is going to be the best option because I forgot to mention I am going on a 10 day tour of southern Italy with my mom and her cousin a couple days after I graduate! And we may be staying longer… Ahhh too much exciting stuff. I don’t think I want to have to worry about training for a marathon while I am poncing around Italy. Hey who knows maybe I will see some of my crazy Italian hostel friends in the picture above while I’m there :)

Hasta luego amigosss! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Javier Bardem as Uxbal in “Biutiful” (2010).

I watched Biutiful for my Spanish literature class about borders and Spain last week. Amazing movie about a spiritual journey and imperfections of everyday life that makes us yearn to improve ourselves. 

Thursday, February 28, 2013
victorianpuppet:

Seen in a bar in the city center (pic taken by my father).
“It’s not allowed to speak about the crisis. Come in and enjoy the day”.

Que interesante 

victorianpuppet:

Seen in a bar in the city center (pic taken by my father).

“It’s not allowed to speak about the crisis. Come in and enjoy the day”.

Que interesante 

Sunday, February 24, 2013
granatensis:

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, en la Carrera de la Virgen. (vía flickr)

I miss walking down this everyday and slipping and making a fool of myself on my way to class. 

granatensis:

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, en la Carrera de la Virgen. (vía flickr)

I miss walking down this everyday and slipping and making a fool of myself on my way to class. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013
sensacions:

Filas de #caganer de personalidades de la #politica #futbol y otros #firasantallucia #barcelona

Cagadores hahah. Basically this is a tradition in Barcelona where they make figures of famous people pooping around Dia de los Reyes :)

sensacions:

Filas de #caganer de personalidades de la #politica #futbol y otros #firasantallucia #barcelona

Cagadores hahah. Basically this is a tradition in Barcelona where they make figures of famous people pooping around Dia de los Reyes :)

Friday, February 22, 2013
inthegreenmorning:

Students from the University of Granada inside the Alhambra. Lorca sits next to art history professor, Martín Domínguez Berrueta, c. 1910s.

inthegreenmorning:

Students from the University of Granada inside the Alhambra. Lorca sits next to art history professor, Martín Domínguez Berrueta, c. 1910s.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
nofapweb:

“Todas las ciudades tienen su encanto. Granada, el suyo y el de todas las demás” Antonio Machado.

nofapweb:

“Todas las ciudades tienen su encanto. Granada, el suyo y el de todas las demás” Antonio Machado.