Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Gift season ended

 "Hana! Hanita! Come to see the headmaster", three co-workers said. I went, and got this silver pin of the school. Not yet opened, but he told me what is inside :D
 Earlier in the morning, I received an original poster signed with everyone's name and a thank you for my happiness. 
It stayed original for about five minutes, till the moment when I found out that the artist Carlos had two more copies printed in the teacher's room. Still, relatively unique.
Entonces, I got earrings, a clutch, a scarf (presented with the unsuspicious "Jana, could you come to the teachers' room, please? We need some help"), a photo of one class ("to become happy on a sad day"), a letter with happy words, more happy words and one (1) hug.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A nice surprise in my bag.

 I thought it was the cover of my gifts to other people, but it was a gift for me, not improbably from the same museum shop!  
 I tore it open. You would think I am an expert now during this gift period, but I am quite mediocre. 
 And it was a book about books! 
 Because when you read, you travel. 
 Inside, there are lists of books I shall mark that I want to check out, books I think should be prizewinners and lists of actual Pulitzer prize winners, Pen/Faulkner award for fiction-awarders (eh), The Man Booker Prize and National Book Award for Fiction. Of all listed, I have read four, possess another three and have read about or seen a movie-based-on several more. I didn't count, but the amount of books I can review surely matches the lists summed up together. 
 It is super hard to rate a book on a scale 1-5. Maybe it was the best dialogue ever, but the story lousy. Or it left me thinking of something I haven't before, and that is heaps of bonus points, but the characters are too uninteresting. You know how it is. I might invent my own scale. 
 The first book I ever quoted for personal fun was The Lord of Flies. Three type-written pages I think it was, on an actual typewriter. 
Good for the list of books I want to read, that would be like 70.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Jana at the Jana beach

 Actually, it is Playa Llana, which is pronounced like my name, and Salinas is part of it. There are flamingos right at the entrance, but not in this blogpost, sorry.
 The scuba divers were hugging while sleeping nearby. So this is a good activity one could use as an excuse?  'Do you want go diving?' and no diving happens :)
 "Most clean beach around", said the lady at a restaurant where the basically every thing on the menu was "very tasty".
The most cool thing about that restaurant was Odin's hammer for cutting the pizza.
 But back to beach talk. At the far distance, you see La Manga! The two beaches will be connected with a bridge, some day, when both municipalities will have the will. And the funds.
 Air was hot, water not.
 But actually ok, when you get used to it. 
 And the wiiiind and the waveeees
 And the joyyyyy
And the roots of mysterious plants that look like balls and kilograms of seaweed
 This: flamingo domains. They of course make sure to stay far away from the human eye.
 But other birds paraglide from time to time. Red legs, mostly white body but white wings.
 So: guess the bird!
 Friend.
 Missing winter and skiing :p
It was a special kind of day, when it's sunny but all the sky is covered with a veil of evenly spread out clouds. Therefore, it looks darker now than it would have otherwise at this hour. And that was today's weather report, see you in the next blog post guys!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Through the lens in København

Arctic pole? River delta? Neither, just Swedish land rich with lakes seven in the morning when you fly over to Denmark. 
This is a "casual photo". It means, I took out the camera at a random spot, aimed at one of the most touristic building and spoke about something entirely different with my company. Ultimately, it shows how good of a photographer I am and the equipment I have when I don't even bother. Go ahead, hire me.
The most important here is of course the cotton candy dream to the left. 
It speaks for itself. Glass means future, transparency, no limits.
And it's pure cool, too.
This is very European. It could be Poland, Lithuania, Germany. At a first glance at least, I don't know what you architects see. Please share if there is something obvious to know. 
Tivoli had an USA:ian coming to perform soon.
I was here for bizniz. This is near the bizniz. 
On the way to bizniz.
Very spring and very romantic. Speaking of green, right outside the train station (it only takes ~12 minutes by train from the airport to the center), there is a Japanese-inspired café. I got a bun with red sweet bean filling, but there was one with green tea filling too that I was really curious about too. 
H.C. Andersen - if you have not heard of him, you surely have seen a Disney film based on his work. He is culturally huge, a must.
How imagination-ticklish isn't this Danish construction site? You're welcome. 

Friday, 26 May 2017

More gifts!

 Right now I have 5 (five) gifts and 30+ drawings with hearts, various expressions of love ("When you leave, my heart stops beating", "Please don't leave", "You are a super star teacher") and different interpretations of what I look like (curly yellow hair, one shoulder salsa dress, cheerleader outfit). One student made a book about me, but the idea wasn't his, a classmate pointed out. The teachers bought me a book, and a perfume container made of rice and resin by a local artist. 
This is me!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

More from the Stockholm sejour

 Old city, over 750 years. So familiar! So empty early in the morning. So touristic in the afternoon. 
 Across my high school. I don't have many memories associated to this place, but the ones I have are strong. I can still quote dialogue that took place from inside the school, which I remember far better. We had students hiding Easter eggs in the library, Halloween parties when people came wearing (teddy bear material) boats etc etc.
 Coming to a (though hot! 27 degrees on Friday - gossip media called it AFRICAN HEAT) flower-covered Stockholm is like travelling back in time. Murcia is past this type of flower scenario since end of April. 
Many new restaurants and places have opened (and closed) since - even the look of currency has changed. See you again in June! Probably. 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Evening drama in Stockholm

For that, we need to leave Alicante to go directly to Sweden's capital.
We would follow the beach before going over mountains and France, Belgium and The Netherlands. 
And almost four hours later: pine trees and other green needles en masse.
I had Nick in my hands, so the landscape maybe seemed more interesting than usual. 
A natural river! That was not dug out!
Almost at the airport. I had some hectic hours ahead, so let's cut to an important Swedish game: 
Kubb.
Here you see the first round, losing team.
Large dose of optimism. Still, losing team.
Quality time together. 
And the promised drama.
Both were very good actors. And then I slept for two hours before it was time to fly to Copenhagen.