Monday, 16 January 2017

Best messages of the week!

" ❤️❤️💙💙💚💚💚💛💛💛 " and some sparkles.

This AMAZING photo from the queue to the BEST gym in Murcia: you get this sixpack just by WAITING to get inside. 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Links that intrigued me lately

A hole calculator, for all of you who have started digging a hole as kids to try to reach the other end of the globe but grew up and devoted your time to something else.

Dollar street by Gapminder. Gapminder comes up with nice stuff for world awareness. How many children don't go to school these days, do you know? Or do you know what is the average income in Mexico or Malawi, and how similar the lives of people with the same income tends to be? Answering the latter, there is now a "world street" with photos and interviews with families around the world. People list what items they value as most important, their income and the interior of their houses. Very prejudice-killing.

Re-search. Nice! "When you perform an image search for a profession, Re-Search automatically does a parallel search to gender balance the results. Both results are shown side by side." Still a beta version, this site still has potential. 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Kids do; I say

Never before have I uttered these words:
"Turn off your shoes."

Never before have I explained the answer to:
"Why does the ice cream have hair?"
It was pink, with eyes, two ponytails and a fringe. A 6- year old simply gave her popsicle this extra touch and her bench neighbour turned to me to have this piece of art explained. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

In Segovia

 After Cuenca and Toledo: Segovia. 
 These two wonderful views were mine during breakfast, two hundred steps from the Alcázar castle. 
 December and warm. But, evenings and mornings here are below zero.
 Alcázar is beautiful, and to the far right behind this window there is the first mechanical coin mint in Spain. 
 The colours (more vivid irl), the spirit. 
 Trees hugging walls while playing hide and seek.
 A chemistry lab can, as you see, be adorable. 
 Cathedral, and out of the frame, preparations for a marathon for children, many of them dressed as Santa Clauses. 
 Near the main shopping street. 
 Further away from the shopping street.
 This is a nationally famous restaurant, recommended in Guide Michelin as of 2016.
 The most classic dish is "piglet in the oven", so soft that you can cut it with a plate. The chef DID cut it with a plate, after a speech where he expressed his gratitude to the king to let this tradition be continued, I think he mentioned hunting too, and then threw the plate at the floor, breaking it into pieces. 
 That chef has a statue of himself right outside. 
 I walked up to this lovely lady who was writing postcards in Chinese under the aqueduct (I would torallh do the same) and asked if I could take a photo. She does a PhD on Chinese porcelain and its influences!
 Some internet reading showed that this aqueduct is 800 meters long but the pipes continue for kilometers to the mountains to collect water, and that the height of this Roman architecture only deviates by 1% throughout the whole tour.
 Make them in fashion again? 
 They would be so nice in people's gardens. 
 And a popular landmark that will attract tourists and lift any city's economy.
Then, our journey continued through La Mancha, like Don Quijote's, and on to Arranjuez.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Kids say

We talk about Ancient Greece. City-states, the wars.

"[Why start a war at all?] Isn't it obvious that an oligarchy will lose and a democracy win? There are less people in an oligarchy."

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

"Jana! Wait!"

 Just after having rounded the corner, J. called me back: he wanted to give me oranges. He has two baskets full standing next to the entrance in his house.
"Nice, are they from your garden? " "Not exactly." "Ah, someone else's garden".
Maybe the oranges are the new onions.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A Disney castle and other postcards...

 ...sent from Toledo and Segovia. Hello four friends reading this blog, this is your backup would they not make it to your mailbox. 
 Medieval mystery is there, check. 
This is the lovely Alcázar castle in Segovia. I recommend it to everyone. So beautiful, especially the ceilings. It is like a mix of the best red carpet Oscar dresses, had the Oscar's existed 500 years ago. Plain party and some religion.