Weekly Photo Challenge: a day in my life

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Happy Easter is in order I guess? Wasn’t much of an Easter for me… I did try to find some chocolate but I don’t think it’s part of the traditions here because I haven’t seen any chocolates in the shops at all (Errrr… what’s wrong with this place??). I did buy myself a Kinder ‘sorpresa’ just to, you know … celebrate…eat kinder… all that…

So that’s the first thing I did today, eat my chocolate, then I headed to La Iglesia de Vera Cruz to the see the first parade of the day, and OMG it was sunny (OK, it was raining at the same time but I think on this religious day I can try to stay humble and not ask for too much). I walked in the little park in front of the church then sat on the wall to have the best view and for a few minutes I swear I’ve felt the sun on my face…Parade was grand as usual, Jesus resurrected and la Virgen Maria looked happy, the music was triumphiant, the masks had disappeared and the kids were holding red flowers.

I came again after lunch to see the last parade of the week (yes, I LOVE them), however it was canceled (or rearanged?) because of the threatening sky, so I ended up seeing the same as I did before. And they were right, because it was POURING all afternoon! Disgusting weather really, nothing to do at all so I just spent my all afternoon watching Mumford and Sons gigs on You Tube. I had tea while reading my book, with a yummy cookie. I am currently reading Gone with the wind, for the second time in my life and I cant say who’s my favorite: Scarlett or Rhett? They both are so sellfish 😉 My friend E. got me some tea back from her exchange in Montreal, it’s rooibos with maple syrup, and it tastes sweet and delicious, just like I always figured Canada would taste.

I cooked myself a very French dinner: roasted potatoes, lettuce, camembert and an apple for dessert. I went to see  my friend S. who’s leaving to Porto tomorrow, leaving me all alone in Salamanca, and I got a tiny bit wet!

This not how I would normally spend a day, this is the holidays and all of my friends have either gone home or on a trip.  I actually think it wasn’t too bad for an Easter alone, however what I really wish I could have done now, is enjoy a cheese plate with French bread, with a glass of white wine, cosy by the fire with my family all around me.

xx

M.

PS all the photos are taken from my phone which explains the… quality… I’m currently facing a tiny situation with my camera hopefully will be fixed soon

 

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Cookie time!

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I am exhausted from just making cookies today… This shopping thing, it’s hard. I ran all around town this morning to find some cranberries. I came accross an amazing recipe of cranberry and white chocolate cookies last week and have been dreaming of it ever since.

Unfortunately, it seems they do not know of cranberries here. So I found another great recipe and had to run to 2 different shops to find what I needed.

I found the recipe for the condensed milk cookies on Raspberri Cupcakes (you will find the recipe with the link), my all time favorite baking blog. Everything she does look like perfection and the photos are sooo good you just want to bite into it!

These cookies are the easiest cookies to prepare, only three elements to combine, but they are just soooo sweetly delicious. I made it with coconut as it was the only topping that I could find.

Try them for yourself, take my word for it!

xx

M.

Sunny dreams

Hello!

Stand up paddling in St Kilda, Melbourne

Stand up paddling in St Kilda, Melbourne

Today is one of those days when it just rains and rains. From little drizzle to downpours, even with a ray of sunshine the rain kept on falling. I hate them rainy days, all you can do is lay on the couch, watching TV bullshit eating chocolate like a big fat cow (my plans were to bake but that’s only after I had ran to the store under the rain that I realized today as well was public holidays… my life is hard). While dreaming of the good old days when we were spending our time in shorts complaining because today it was ‘just 26°’.

Melbourne seen from Willimastown

Melbourne seen from Williamstown

So I decided instead of spending my time dreaming about Australia, I would actually write about it, and share some photos and good memories…Maybe once a week?

 

 

Black swans in Melbourne

Black swans in Melbourne

Have you ever had a lifetime dream? One that your whole life would tend to, and just about everyday you think ‘it’s ok I can do it because one day when I’ll be in Australia…’? I saved up every little bit of money that I could for 3 years, worked at night or during classes. All the things I’ve sacrificied so I could get myself the dream of my life, although it’s more like it seems that it made it all worth it.

Melbourne

Melbourne

And I paid every penny of it myself, wouldnt accept any money from my family because with money comes ties and I wanted to be able to do exactly what I wished for a whole year. And that was the best year (and a half) of my life for sure!! But you know what?

My first sunset in my dearest Fremantle

My first sunset in my dearest Fremantle

It ends. And what’s left then? It took me weeks to ‘recover’, finally agree with life again. Because when you’ve fulfilled your dream what is left then? Ok, you will find a new dream eventually, because what can we do we are just human…

Now, I think my BIGGEST dream is to get back there, not a holiday no no, I want to properly make my life there. I was born on a heat wave and I intend to live one till the end! Unfortunately, it is not meant to happen in a while, if it ever does, and so I satisfy myself with other dreams, in the short term I guess. In four years my best mate and I are going on the big journey to Alaska (Alaska Alaska?) and then with my favorite French girl, we’ll go on a world tour – no less – and we’ll talk about that more seriously once she gets her ass back here. What are your biggest dreams by the way?

Well, enough for today, I leave you with a couple shots of Australian skies. That’s what I miss the most, the skies and the colours. If I look at the window here, it’s all so grey, so pale. Down there, you could look at the sky for hours, never it’d be the same and it would surprise you every single day even though you think you’ll never see anything as pretty!

Cheers!

M.

Coles Bay, Tasmania

Coles Bay, Tasmania

coles Bay, Tasmania

Coles Bay, Tasmania

Sunset from my house in Melbourne

Sunset from my house in Melbourne

I’ll be home in a little while…

In Monkey Mia paradise...

In Monkey Mia paradise…

I will be strong. Not for you, but for myself.  One day I decided to let go. Oh, it did not happen just like that, I had to be strong and fight, to agree that you had your flaws and that our relationship, it ended. Not because you died, but because you wanted it to end.

I’ve fooled myself thinking that you did not warn me you were dying to protect me. You just did not care.

I told myself the journal, you left it to me because it had the answer. You were just being funny.

You said you shouldn’ miss me at all, there is nothing to miss, you should hate me if anything. But hate, it’s still a feeling.

You said don’t believe a word of what I say. But you never stopped talking.

Today, I stop questionning. I am something outside of you, and wether you’re here or not I still am. Australia it was my land. You said go home, but home, it’s nowhere. Or everywhere, and I want it to be Australia.

And so I’ll be back without you because Australia I loved it before I loved you and I wanted my life there before I wanted my life with you.

Our story, you wanted it to be nothing, but it will be a start.

Semana Santa has begun!

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Creepy or what?

Creepy or what?

I knew religion was a big deal in Spain but I never thought Semana Santa was such an event! It started yesterday (Sunday) for ‘el dia de los ramos‘ and it’s going on like this for a week – weather permits…

We did not have any idea what to expect when we decided to have a go at it yesterday, but as soon as we got out and started walking towards the cathedral we could see the crowd building up and by the time we got there, the city was absolutly PACKED! The parade was really late to come out, but it might be due to the fact that they involved principally kids.

I am completly ignorant when it comes to religion and honestly have no interest in knowing, therefore I won’t get into the details of the celebrations and their meanings because I’d probably be saying something stupid. However, it was quite a show and I loved it!

The ‘procesion‘ started with a man on a horse, both man and horse were wearing what looked like a very old costume and I’m pretty sure most of the outfits are the original ones (or close enough) that they preserve and take out every year for the event. As well, he was playing sort of an old wood flute, with a shape and sound I had never heard before -typical Spanish tune – and I can say that for most of the instruments they have used that day.

Opening of the 'procesion'

Opening of the ‘procesion’

He was then followed by the kids, in groups wearing different kind of costumes and I cant say if the outfit was special to their churches or the villages they were coming from or something completly different. They were accompanied by the creepy men and women wearing the mask as you can see in the picture above.

Then came the statue of Jesus, and last a marching band.The parade walks all around town, playing music and let me tell you: it is something to be seen! By the time we arrived in Plaza Mayor the sun made an appearance and it just looked PERFECT!

So many people were carrying little branches ‘los ramos‘ and the kids were on their Sunday’s best. I’ve never seen such beautiful kids in my life!!

I’m quite exited for the rest of the week and tonight is the big parade for ‘el lunes Santo‘, they wear pointy masks and it’s at night time I just cant wait to see that!!

Got to run if I don’t want to miss it!

x

M.

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Aww I want the same! Best dressed little boys in the world!

Aww I want the same! Best dressed little boys in the world!

Cute old couple

Cute old couple

Sweet nothing

Hello there!

Happy days

Happy days in Queenstown

I don’t know how you ended up here, but I hope whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll find it.

I guess I want to make this first post about why I have decided to create this space, add to the million blogs already out there… I have been thinking about creating my own space, nothing too new, just something that would be me, somewhere to express all that goes on in here and that always rush to get out but never find a way. I wasn’t too sure why I wanted to do that or even what to put in it. I am still unsure but what I know is that I need an exiting project to focus on right now, something that would fill up the blanks that all of a sudden have seem to become my entire life. Something that could stimulate me and that I could pursue in the long term.

I always thought of myself as a strange person with no passions or creativity at all… The truth is, I like to be harsh with myself, we French people tend to do that, just for fun. I have one major passion in life, and I’ve had it for as far as I can remember: travelling. And I feel it very bad right now, as I am bound to one place for a wee while with no chance of escape – so it seems. If I could, definitly I would make this place a travel blog, just to share my experiences and photos, and maybe one day, that’s what it will become…

As for creativity, sometimes it overflows in so many ways, sometimes its near dead. I guess my main thing is writing. I want with this blog to train myself to write knowing that maybe, someone reads me. I always kept a journal and it seems that it is what I’m the best at, and therefore that’s how this blog will take shape… I always have stories in my head, and I wish – just as so many people do – that someday I could write a book, like a proper story of my own, with a hard cover and my name on it and that I could give to at least one person what so many books have brought me. But being read is a scary thing, my best friend E. is the only one that has ever read anything I write, and its only my journal, but I always get scared of what she’ll think, and I loose why i’m doing it, and it starts to feel pointless.

With this, I hope to overcome this obstacle, find a way to enjoy myself. That is all for today, I wish you all enjoy this place and feel free to comment in any way you want!

x

M.