La Luna

Some recent shots of the moon when I had my camera out with me one evening!

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Burgos Landmarks

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The other day I walked all over the city centre with my camera, having fun as a shameless tourist. I took loads of photos, and so I decided that rather than one long post and expecting you lovely readers to sit patiently for all the photos to load, I would instead divide them into two differently themed posts.

So this one is very touristy in that it is of Burgos landmarks! There are many more to see and visit, so here are just a sample.

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First up we have two in one: The Arco de Santa Maria in the foreground with the cathedral behind.

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Further along the rive we have one of my favourite viewpoints of the city. Along a bridge with imposing figures, the foliage and again the cathedral in the background makes a very picturesque scene. I previously photographed this scene at sunset.

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Crossing the bridge takes you to the Plaza Mio Cid, and the Estatua Del Cid depicts El Cid: an important local, historical, military figure. At the Plaza is also the Teatro Pricipal, and where many people catch their buses.

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Here are a couple of street photos. The waiter above at first I couldn’t tell if he was real or not! If you threw money into his bucket he would change to a different position. Staying so still in that position looked impossible!

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The amazing cathedral! Every time I see it I cannot help but admire it, and I swear it becomes more beautiful with each glance.

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In a small plaza to the side of the cathedral is a fountain that was fun to snap at different angles.

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Behind the cathedral and up quite a lot of steps leads to the castillo, which I am yet to visit. However there is also a viewing point that allows you to observe all of the city from above.

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This is the Plaza Mayor with shops, cafes, restaurants, and where many people meet their friends and family. In the evening it can become very lively!

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And finally I returned to the Arco de Santa Maria to take some close up shots. The impressive design is great to examine in details.

I’m hoping people are feeling curious to visit beautiful Burgos!

Road Trip Films to Watch

So, I’ve done post about wanderlust novels and a post about wanderlust songs, so now I fancy writing a post about wanderlust films. Or road trip films to be more specific. I’m keen to get a few road trips under my belt: perhaps the full Route 66, maybe around countries such as France or Italy, or even to explore the South American continent. But for now I still enjoy seeing it on screen.

Thelma and Louise

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I watched this recently on a long haul flight for the first time ever, and found it pretty ace. I had to stifle my giggles to not wake the sleeping passengers. The titular characters are quite fun: sarcastic at times, naive at other times. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a feminist film, but their liberation from unadventurous lives is quite uplifting to watch. And a film that captures small town American lives and its open road has a tendency to capture my heart.

Little Miss Sunshine

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Road trips don’t just need to be about friends, an uplifting film about a chaotic family just trying to get by and not kill each other is also a good take on road trip films. I remember the first time I watched this film, and found the title had completely misled me. It explores unhappy relationships, depression, unrealised dreams and even death. Yet also has some comedy gems and ultimately is a bittersweet story.

On the Road

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I’m obsessed with the novel, so unsurprisingly the film makes this list. I think it does well to capture the carefree, almost destructive adventures of the Beat generation. And even though I’m not a fan of Kristen Stewart’s acting, even she seems to fit the part quite well. Seeing the story told visually it’s not hard to see why On the Road caused so many to want a freer life.

The Motorcycle Diaries

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A Spanish-language film that tells the story of Che Guevara when he was a medical student who embarked on a motorbike trip with a friend to explore South America. The film avoids Guevara’s later years which are both admired and controversial Instead his travels show what inspired him to later fight for equality. Instead of a radical, impassioned, brutal leader, he is a youthful, sometimes awkward optimist who envisions helping the downtrodden.

The Blues Brothers

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I adore this musical film. It has musical legends, comedy, quirky outfits and a mysterious woman bend on killing the leading characters. The songs are great because they are of the most popular blues and souls songs of the era. The story is simple but well told- get their band back together to raise the money to save the Catholic orphanage they grew up in. But also features annoying some neo-nazis, because why not.

Columbia Road Flower Market

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Sundays are sleepy days: less traffic on the roads; offices are empty; usually I’m snoozing until it’s nearly noon. But certain streets that boast famous London markets are bustling with crowds, stalls and sellers shouting at the top of their voices. Today I visited Columbia Road Flower Market for the first time in my life. I expected beautiful ranges of flowers to choose from, because that much is obvious, but there were also vintage stalls and shops, food stalls that smelt amazing, and all kinds of arty shops whose home decor I dream of filling a place of my own with one day.

Because the flower stalls were so crowded, I didn’t take many photos of the flowers, so I snapped away at the ‘bonus’ sights:

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Taking a photo of the street sign to be all urban and edgy, because it’s the East End. Grey British skies help with this look.

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An offer I cannot refuse (tart= pastry dessert)

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Columbia Road: flowers, bagels, and Hogwarts supplies.

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Buskers everywhere

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For Sale: A girl can dream….(of getting her licence to start with)

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Quaint little sights in London

Finally I bought myself a bunch of ‘Dutch Roses’. My humble abode is a damp, cold, miserable place (yay for student digs) so I hope the pink/orange colouring will brighten up the place a little:

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And now for some ‘artistic’ close ups:

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India’s Rape Culture

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Today it’s been exactly two years since the brutal gang rape of 23 year old physiotheraphy student Jyoti Singh on a bus in Delhi, a case which provoked outrage all over the world. Since then there have been a number of high profile sexual violence-related stories stemming from India, such as the rapes of the German and Danish tourists at the start of 2014. Flicking through the newspaper about a week ago I stumbled upon another story which stated that a 26 year old Indian woman had reportedly been raped on an Uber taxi journey. She was attacked by her driver in Delhi, leading to the international taxi-booking app being banned from usage in the entire state; North India and Delhi are fast becoming notorious for acts of sexual violence against women. Now I’ve written a pretty tame post on sexual discrimination against women in the past, (http://wp.me/p3NQaU-75) but after recently learning that New…

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Life Lessons #1

Very thoughtful piece from my dear friend, a fab idea- and great advice! I think we all have experienced a time we realise it has helped so much to talk out a problem, and that it makes a problem no less significant but easier to deal with.