Sunday, October 15, 2017

Catalonia, Too Much, Said the Fish

What's does a Fish have to do with the separatist movement  in Catalonia? Well, it's a fairy tale about a magical fish and a Catalonian government that every time wants more and more from Spain. While the outcome surely won't be the same, the demands and expectations of Spain's most prosperous province sound much too similar. First, you'll have to have read the Grimm Brother's Tale of The Fisherman and his Wife to understand what I'm going to write next.

¿Qué tiene que ver el Pez de la fábula con el movimiento separatista de Cataluña? Bueno, hay un cuento de hadas sobre un pez mágico que concede deseos y alguien que siempre quiere más, como el gobierno de Cataluña respecto de España. Si bien el resultado seguramente no será el mismo, las exigencias y expectativas de la región más próspera de España son muy similares. Primero, tendrás que haber leído el Cuento de Grimm "El Pescador y su Esposa" para entender lo que voy a escribir a continuación.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jet Lag

Jet lag and traffic jams have a lot in common. You need to arrive to a state of sleep or to a mapped destination, but either way you are stuck, pinned down physically by an external that keeps you from moving ahead. "I refer to jet lag as 'jet psychosis - there's an old saying that the spirit cannot move faster than a camel."
#jetlag #insomnia #nopuedodormir #stuck #traffic #trafico #spaldinggray

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Dogs of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara on the central California coast, has the Santa Ynez Mountains as dramatic backdrop, Spanish Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs, upscale boutiques and restaurants offering local wines and seasonal fare. There are two impressive botanical gardens, the Franciscan Mission, multiple art galleries and museums and many more attractions, not to mention the fabulous beach and coastline!
But, that's not what this post is about. It's about how, in an exclusive city like this one, dogs of all shapes and sizes are so welcome and seen everywhere, even in the poshest of places.

Santa Bárbara en la costa central de California, tiene como telón de fondo dramático las montañas de Santa Inés, edificios de estuco blanco de estilo español mediterráneo con tejados de teja roja, boutiques de lujo y restaurantes que ofrecen vinos locales y comida de temporada. Hay dos impresionantes jardines botánicos, la Misión Franciscana, múltiples galerías de arte y museos y muchas más atracciones, por no hablar de la fabulosa playa y la costa!
Pero, no es eso de lo que trata este post. Trata de cómo, en una ciudad tan exclusiva como ésta, los perros de todas las formas y tamaños son tan bienvenidos y vistos por todas partes, incluso en los lugares más lujosos.

There are even doggie treats in the bank for that patient hound.
Incluso en el banco hay golosinas para los perros mientras esperan.

Dogs small and large are welcome to enter and shop.
Los perros, pequeños o grandes, son bienvenidos en los comercios.

Which ice-cream should we choose, Mom?
¿Qué helado debemos elegir, mamá?

Friday, September 22, 2017


An awesome two hour two of one of the most stunning botanical jewels in the USA. We were fortunate to book a 10am limited tour of the 37-acre Montecito estate of Ganna Walska, a polish opera star from the 1920s. Walska created the gardens between 1940 and 1980s and we got to see al, but the Japanese Garden, which is being renovated. Just look at this list! Not only are there tropical and subtropical plants, but every imaginable plant in the following gardens:

Aloe garden, blue garden, bromeliads, Insectary Garden, cacti & euphorbias, cactus garden, cycad garden, Dracaena circle, fern garden, orchards, parterre, palmetum, shade palm garden, succulent garden, theatre garden, topiary garden, tropical garden, water garden, water stairs and cypress allée

Since it's so well photographed and featured in several YouTube publications, I decided to put down my camera and just enjoy the stroll and sights in Sara's company.

Well, this last video won't disappoint because it's the explanation of how a determined and very beautiful Ganna Walska walzed through a life of wealth and luxury by way of marriage and good fortune. She had 6 husbands. A few died and she divorced a few and her accumulated fortune as a result allowed her to create this extravagant garden masterpiece.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What Sunflowers Do

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what sunflowers do. -Helen Keller
Not thinking backwards nor forwards; just loving these bright yellow days of September's garden with my favourite sunflower.
#sunflower #girasoles #septiembre #september#sunshine #lompoc #daughterlove #helenkeller#visitagenial #daughtertime #fallbouquet