Comuna 13

Colombia’s wealth system is on a scale 1-10. 10 being the richest and 1 being the poorest. This is Comuna 13, they are a 0.

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It’s the Hamptons (p1)

I’ve never been a fan of the Hamptons. But I’m here with my roommate right now for a work event she has and I’m not sure if it’s all the wine I’m being spoon fed or what but I’m starting to fall in love.

Review: Cuba

Before we get into the photos (and yes there are a lot of them) let me answer a few questions.

Yes,all of the cars are like that, I maybe saw 5 that were modern

No, your cellphone will not work AT ALL

Yes, they like Americans, it’s our government they don’t like (neither do I so it’s cool)

No, you’re fine, I went with my 3 girl cousins and we walked around at night by ourselves

Yes, it’s cheap AF and the food and drinks are delicious, my whole trip was maybe $1k including flights, air bnb, food, activities, taxis (and we ate at the most expensive restaurants)

No, your credit cards will not work AT ALL

Yes, the majority of the people speak Spanish and a little bit of english but really try and know some Spanish before you go, it’ll make your whole trip easier.

No, it’s not hard to enter the country, don’t let the press fool you

Yes, they love Che and do have some issues with Castro (who doesn’t)

No, you shouldn’t judge anything about the country, place or the people until you visit, and not just visit with learn some of the history, talk to the people and really try and have an open mind if you did you might just learn something 🤔

Yes, I went with an open mind and did all of the above and my conclusion? Like always America is the worst 😂

Now for the good stuff.

Chihuly

I’m so happy I was able to see this exhibit during its last weekend. It was AMAZING. I will definetly be searching for more of his work on the future. 

New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, NY

Mish-Mash p5

This is a more building centric Mish-Mash. I’m really trying not to repeat my photos and keep the content fresh and interesting! (said with the upmost sarcasm)

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This is the Barcelona Cathedral, I know that sounds made it but it’s actually called the Barcelona Cathedral. We didn’t go inside because it was super crowded, but it’s beautiful on the outside and the details are impressive.

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The door and doorway of the Cathedral

This photo really stood out in my mind because although it was February it was a beautiful 60 degree day and the sun was shining directly on the Cathedral. Granted this is not the best lighting for photos but it was very symbolic. Here is this ancient Cathedral in the middle of the city on the first nice day of the year and the sun is shining directly on it.

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Speaking of Barcelona, here is yet another one of my favorite photos. It’s just of a normal, everyday Barcelona street and it’s beautiful. When I think of Europe this is definitely an image that pops into my mind. Clothes hanging on the balcony, a huddle of apartments that don’t all look the same, blue skies and beautiful people. I’m pretty sure the last time I was here I stumbled upon this very street and alas, fate bought me back around.

 

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This was a random apartment building in Talavera where I lived but I was obsessed with it. It was in the center of the city and really stood out to me among all the other buildings. The center is classic Talavera tile, blue with yellows and greens and around it is an almost mirror-like glass that reflected the surroundings of the buildings. It didn’t look like any other building I had seen. A nice mixture of old and new that you don’t really get that often.

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If you can believe this, this the the natural history museum in Barcelona.

I mean what can you really say about this? that light, that angle, those colors? It’s a beauty.

Thank you Barcelona for continuing to be one of my favorite cities.

Mish Mash – Church Edition

I think I probably saw about 25 churches during all my travels. Obviously I don’t remember all of them but here are some of my favorites.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

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We’ve all seen the photos of the outside, but how often do you get a peak inside? not very often. It’s full of beautiful stain glass, vibrant colors and a lot os tourists. This Cathedral is one of the largest I’ve ever seen and fun fact; after 100 years (?) it’s still not complete.

St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral early on a Monday morning. Another gem.

Various Churches, Oporto, Portugal. 

Disclaimer: these photos aren’t as good because well you weren’t really supposed to take photos inside these churches but my friend, being the sneaky lady she is took a ton on her phone, sent them to me and alas, here we are. Another disclaimer: the photos cannot capture the beauty of these cathedrals. Yet, another disclaimer; I saw so many churches here that I don’t know the names of all of them, but here they are!

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This is Romania p2

So I know last time was really focused on the Transylvania portion of Romania, but besides Spain I think I spent the most time in Romania (a whole week) so it really does deserve more than one post. Once we got back from the coast we did a walking tour of the city (I’m surprised we made it with how sick we were) and learned a ton about the communist history of the country. Our guide was super great, informative and took us to some real hidden gems.

Also who knew Romania was so beautiful? I didn’t, unfortunately my camera had 16% the whole time I was there and I spent most of that on Dracula so here are some of my really good iPhone photos.

 

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Palace of Parliment, Second largest administrative building in the world (besides the Pentagon)

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Peles Castle, summer residence of the Royal Family (Did you know Romania had a royal family? I didn’t)

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My main man Vlad – aka Vlad the Impaler aka Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad Dracul aka DRACULA

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Fun Fact: There are tons of monasteries in Romania

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This building was beautiful and I think it’s a bank?