Monthly Archives: October 2012

Letting it all go

Sometimes I think I may be a bit too mentally unstable. Maybe I should get medicated. You know. Go see a doctor. Get on some anti-depressants. But for me I feel like in this age of hyper-gratification that it’s just another easy out. A way not to deal with what life really feels like. I don’t want to be dulled.

I want to feel it all. All the good and all the really bad.

I normally don’t feel that great. Never satisfied. Never settled with what I have. Disappointed with the way people act. Disappointed with the way I act. Living in a land that’s not the present.

That’s rather shit, isn’t it? To live a life in the down side. I do my best to not do that, but it’s just the way I’m inclined. But when I get those moments of amazing. Of great. Of just plain good, I cherish them. And I think yeah, it’s all worth it. This path I’ve forged myself is quite alright. And I slog on.

Right now I’d say I’m on an up cycle. I have to be after hitting a low spot a couple weeks ago. So I’m all for letting go of it all. Forgetting the stupid shit. And making the best of situations in life.

So tonight, I’m letting it all go. I’m being as present as I possibly can. Going with my instincts. Going with what I feel is right in this moment. Cause I haven’t been on that path in a bit. So I’m trying to reach out. To stay in this positive up cycle. And it feels good to be doing so.

And that’s all I’ve got to offer you on this cloudy/foggy night here in London town. I hope you’re all staying positive as well. Also happy 6th birthday to Piccadilly, the best cat on the planet!

 

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Photos of Andalucia Part 4

Hi. This will be my last post of pictures from Spain. These are from Seville and El Torcal de Antequera. Driving from Granada to Seville, I stopped off at El Torcal for a bit of nature. My hostel host guy in Malaga told me to check it out if I liked rocks and stuff. And I certainly do like rocks and stuff. The place didn’t disappoint as you soon will see. On my way there the fog was heavy and I thought I might not get to see as much as I could. Shortly after arriving at the visitors center, the fog broke up and I was treated to some pretty spectacular views. At some points you could even see all the way to the Mediterranean Sea, which was probably at least 50-60 miles away. Plus I got there early so I was the only one out hiking on the long “difficult” trail. It was grand.

After that I continued my journey to Seville where I struggled to figure out where the hell to park my car and where the hell my hostel was. It ended up taking a couple of hours to sort these things out, but in the end I successfully did both. Seville, the capital of Andalucia was much more urban than Granada and Malaga. It kind of eased my return to London. I was also staying in a room with another Londoner and we ended up hanging out for the two days I was there. It was nice to be able to talk to someone in English about everything that I was seeing. Any ways, on to the pics!

El Torcal. The rock formations reminded me a bit of Joshua Tree although the surroundings were much more verdant.

 

Check out that weathering!

 

The signs at the beginning of the hike said if you were really lucky, you’d see some goats. Since I was the first on the trail that day, I saw 3 different groups of goats which was pretty spectacular. I love goats.

 

This is inside the Royal Alcazar in Seville. The building is still a Royal residence in Spain and a UNESCO heritage site.

 

Part of the grounds at Royal Alcazar. The gardens were huge and divided into several design aesthetics. I liked them all of course. Also, this is the point when it started raining on my trip.

 

View from the Giralda, the bell tower of Seville Cathedral. The cathedral is huge (biggest cathedral in the world), but not as ornately decorated as others I’ve been to. But the view from the bell tower, which used to be a minaret, made it well worth the visit.

 

My travel mate Luke a bit blurry and frustrated at trying to find our way back to the hostel after a night out. Our map completely fell apart and every street looked the same. This was a problem the whole time I was in Seville.

 

The cured pig legs hanging over the bar. Complete with drip catching cups. Yummmm.

 

My favorite meal of the trip. Iberian meat plate and bruschetta. So simple but so wonderfully done. Topped off with a couple glasses of rioja. All at the best bar I went to on the trip with some good conversation. No better way to spend the last night in Spain.

 

I had a few hours before I had to return the car to the airport. So I parked at this beach on Costa del Sol. I had a bit of a snooze and watched the storm roll in. Andalucia experienced some really severe flooding as I left and the few days afterwards. I timed that just right!

So that’s it for pictures of Spain. If you want to see more, you’ll just have to come see me. Cheers.

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Photos of Andalucia Part 3

This week work has been an all consuming endeavor. For good and bad. Little time for thought or action outside of it. My brain is oh so happy it’s Saturday and finally able to get things back in order. Back to some sort of normalcy. Yes, so I finally have a moment to post my next installment of pictures from Spain. These pictures are from Granada. The one thing I wanted from this trip, and not minding if everything else went horribly wrong, was to see the Alhambra. I succeeded, although I messed up a bit on my ticketing. I saw everything, but  some of the best bits I only managed to see at night. I was a bit miffed, but really couldn’t complain. If anything, it gives me reason to go back as I believe I have previously stated. And to have to go back to Granada is something I’d happily do tomorrow. Anyone want to join me this time?  Any ways, on to the pictures. Enjoy.

I got to drive on the right side of the road again! Unfortunately it was in a shitty Kia. I’ll be certain to never ever rent a Kia again. It was embarrassing to struggle up hills.

 

Market place in central Granada.

 

Alhambra as seen from Generalife. Generally stunning surroundings leading to a very happy traveler.

 

Alhambra from below. This view was just a minute from where I was staying.

 

The Puerta del Vino (the Wine Gate). Lovely Moorish architecture, some of the best design in the history of mankind in my opinion.

 

Alhambra cats. These guys were everywhere! I managed to touch one of them.

 

Inside the Nasrid Palace. This is one of the ceilings. All I could think was “I really need to do better work in life.” What I’ve done up to this point is no where near as incredible as what these craftsmen created.

 

Costal redwoods in the gardens of Generalife. First ones I’ve seen since getting my tattoo. I gave them a nice love pat. Very surprised to see them thriving here in the Sierra Nevadas!

 

Well, that’ll be it for today. I can’t sing praises enough for the south of Spain. I’m so happy I got a chance to visit there in my life, especially the Alhambra.

I’ve got plans this afternoon to pay a visit to By the Horns brewery in the Earlsfield area, just a couple miles from my house. They’ve been producing some outstanding beers this year and I am looking forward to seeing what their operation looks like. I’m going to bring my Deschutes Brewery growler down to see if there’s anyway I can convince them to fill it up for later enjoyment. Besides that, I’m going to try my best to not think of work and enjoy my weekend. Tomorrow is a big tennis tournament at my club so I’ve got to be on my A game. We shall see. Oh and I’ve signed up for two classes so at some point I need to hunker down and do some classwork. It’s a great feeling to be in learning mode again. I just need to make some time in my schedule to do it! Busy busy. Take care everyone and enjoy the weekend.  Peace and love.

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Photos of Andalucia Part 2

A few photos from the next day of my journey. This was all still in Malaga and just outside of it at a botanic garden (El Jardín Botánico – Histórico La Concepción).

I believe this means “people doing bike tricks can cross the street.” I quickly found myself a bike.

 

My first pomegranate tree. Weird and awesome! I wish they were ripe as I would have eaten all of the fruit off the tree.

 

One of many amazing jumping pictures from the trip. I’m getting much more proficient at timing my jumps to this camera. This one is at the garden.

 

The Alcazaba in central Malaga. Really beautiful and loaded with wonderful, mature palms and cypress. Some of it dates from as early as the 11th century I think.

 

This is one of the gardens in the Alcazaba. I loved the use of water from the upper part of the building to this courtyard.

 

View of the harbor from the Alcazaba. This is why it was a fort. Lovely afternoon to be out in the city.

 

Roman amphitheatre found not that long ago in 1951 at the base of the Alcazaba. It’s said to date from the 3rd century.

That’s your installment for today. I thought Malaga would be a horrendous tourist trap based on what some had told me. But what I found was something else. A lovely seaside city, lots of trees, gardens, amazing architecture, lots of good food and cheap booze. Oh and sun. Lots and lots of sun. What more could you want out of a place? I do appreciate though that since I came after the high season, I had a much different experience than most would have. Just another benefit to traveling off peak.  Have a good day, friends.

 

 

 

 

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Photos of Andalucia Part 1

I started writing a post this weekend about the rest of my trip and emotions and bla bla bla. But I was so bored just writing it stopped and watched football instead. If there’s anything I don’t want it’s for you to be bored of my mega-awesome, fun-to-the-max trip. So I’ve decided to cut to the chase and just post some nice pictures from my trip with a bit of commentary. That’s what you all want any ways. The first batch are from my first couple days in Malaga. Not all the best, but some maybe with a good anecdote. And on to the pics….

First meal in Spain. Assorted fried fish, fried aubergine and a san miguel. A bit hard on the heart, but delicious.

A view from the roof of my hostel. Had a bit of wine on the terrace and did some reading.

Plaza de Merced where I watch Barcelona’s champions league match. Left at halftime though as my cold was getting really too much for me.

Feet in the Mediterranean. The water was very clear. Clearest sea water I’ve seen in a while. Too bad I was feeling so ill or else I would have gotten my babin’ suit and laid out one afternoon.

Garden next to Malaga city hall. Lemon or orange trees everywhere! A bit too early for picking though.

That’s all for today. I’ve got reading to do. I hope to post a few pictures everyday for the next few days. It’s a busy week after work each day, but I’ll try my best.  Thanks everyone.

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