Chihuly

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

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Mish Mash – Church Edition

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 Dracula…

This is Dracula…

This deserves it’s own post separate from the Romania post that’s coming, only because I’m obsessed with Dracula and vampires. For as long as I can remember I’ve been into vampires, the undead, the myths and the legends everything. On on this day my dreams came true.

Dracula’s castle is located in the mountains of Transylvania, Romania. Lucky for me my friend wanted to rent a car for our stay in Romania (good thing too because we were seriously dead from Sunwaves) so we could take our time visiting all the sites and seeing the Romanian countryside. But seriously who knew it was so beautiful.

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Ok enough of the countryside. HERE IS DRACULA’S CASTLE. Some fun facts and my personal discoveries. 1) It wasn’t nearly as big or menacing as I had hoped 2) It was actually really nice inside 3) Vlad Tepes aka Vlad Dracul aka Dracula who Stoker based the novel off of never lived here, in fact he was only imprisoned here a few weeks.

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Fun fact Castelul is Castle in Romanian!

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Literally overwhelmed by emotions

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It’s Vlad

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Inside Courtyard of the Castle

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Mish-Mash p4

More Mish Mash!!

I realized I left my camera in Spain when I left 😦 so I have nothing new to add so for now some more mish-mash.

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This first one is pretty typical in London, its the red double decker bus. Which I thought was honestly only a myth or a legend but no it’s for real. All the buses are actually like this and it’s so cool and so British and super posh. The point of this photo is, I thought it was super cool and wanted to remember. Plus the timing was perfect because there were no cars and/or people obstructing the shot, which seems to be almost impossible to do.

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This is Malaga, Spain. I came here after my program ended for a little decompression time after a stressful trying 3 months of teaching. (I say that with the most sarcasm I can possibly muster) Anyways, there’s nothing particular special about this photo, it’s just like any other beach photo but a Spanish beach therefore, automatically making it 490903 cooler than any old normal beach photo. (also said with lots of sarcasm)

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Isn’t this kind of creepy?

So this photo was taken in the Canary Islands, this little chain of about 7 islands off of the coast of Africa that are owned by Spain. I love this photo because the forest looks sooooo creepy. Like not something you would expect to see on a tropical Spanish Island, but rather in a forest in Oregon or somewhere else. We were driving up Mount Teide which is also a huge volcano and were stopped by some police since it was raining the mountain was closed for 10 minutes while they cleared the rubble. It was super eerie to be up so high, with fog and a light rain and look out the window and see these creepy ass trees with eerie fog so I snapped a photo so I could be haunted reminded of the beautiful site forever.

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Mish-Mash p3

 

This week is Mish-Mash p3 aka the food edition I want to present to you some outtakes I have from Cordoba, Madrid and Portugal. This first photo is from a little patio in Cordoba that actually served decent Mexican food. One this I will say about Cordoba is that they have some bomb ass food. I went here with my friend after we had a pretty wild night out. We went for breakfast then (because everyone hates a comedown) came here for some after breakfast drinks. The weather was beautiful and Cordoba is known for their patios (aka random outdoor areas in the middle of their restaurants) I usually HATE food pictures, but I’m really hungry so whatever.

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This next photo was taken in Madrid about a week after we arrived in Spain. Once again I hate photos of food but as I said, I was thirsting for American food – I forget how bad the sugar and fat withdrawals can be for us Americans when traveling to a country that actual cooks their food in FDA approved substances.

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Look at that blur on those fries, super proud of my camera for this one

This was in Portugal, Lisbon to be exact. In front of a huge monument with all the faces and bodies of the Portuguese conquistadors.  Kind of creepy if I’m being honest but whatever. Even though it’s huge and very impressive, I think I spent more time look at this super awesome conquistador graffiti than the actual monument itself.

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