Two Days in Barcelona

Barcelona in 2 days:

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This was our first trip to Barcelona and even though we only stayed two days and wished we stayed more we saw everything there was to see in the winter season and enjoyed our time in this beautiful and relaxing city.

 

First thing to know is that it is a city filled with culture, religion, good restaurants and ancient buildings.  Our goals where to visit La Sagrada Familia de Barcelona, Park Güell, the houses of Gaudi and explore the city center.

 

We stayed at a beautiful apartment minutes away from the metro station right next to ave. Catalonia. Everything was walking distance which helps a lot specially when you are in a budget, trying to save money and want to get the most out of your experience.

 

Our first day consisted of eating our hearts out with classic Spanish Tapas and Wine and walking around the Ave. Catalonia getting to know local markets, stores and fairs around the block. We had a lovely sidewalk dinner in the same avenue and we got to dish & dine with a lovely view.

 

Our second day was a bit higher paced. We bought the city tour hop on hop off buss which goes around for $30 and takes to sight seeing all around the city.

 

It picked us up at La Sagrada Familia de Barcelona where we where hopelessly breathless so see the immense and colorful building filled with tempered colorful glass, history and amazing Gaudi architecture and design. The entrance fee here is about $15.

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Then a 20 minute drive to Park Güell where we were taken in awe by Gaudi’s’ yet more colorful design and inspiring arquitecture. If you get the tour you will learn the history of it but the Hop On Hop Off buss we bought explained it very well and we decided to just walk around at our own pace and experience it ourselves.

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We then proceeded to a 3-hour long bus ride along side all of Barcelona (except the beaches which the tour of them is closed during winter time), glanced at the amazing Olympic area of the ports, gothic city and more.

 

After it was all said and done with had a great dinner at a local restaurant and ended our night and cultural experience discovering the many shots that a local bar had to offer. From crazy wild shots with accessories to simple shots in which you had to dance for.

PRICE RANGE:

PLANE: $$$

STAY: $$

FOOD: $

ACTIVITIES: $

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Gobierno y Manejo de Emergencias

El mes de Septiembre del año 2017 fue un momento histórico para la sociedad nacional de meteorología y todos los países que se vieron afectados por el paso devastar de Huracanes como Harvey, Irma y María. El huracán Harvey arrasó con el estado de Texas dejando a miles de personas sin hogar, Irma destruyó las islas vírgenes británicas y Maria nos dejó aquí en Puerto Rico sin techos o maneras avanzadas de supervivencia. Estas maneras adaptadas de supervivencia incluyen agua potable, energía eléctrica y las redes de comunicación. Aún a un mes y una semana del paso del huracán no contamos con estas necesidades y la intervención del manejo de emergencias del gobierno parece ser obsoluta. Por el medio de esta investigación estaremos entrevistando a múltiples representantes de manejo de emergencias de diferentes campos para lograr entender el cómo se estará recuperando la isla y porque se ha demorado tanto el proceso.

En este enlace podrás observar lo que fue la re generación de las comunicaciones para la compañía de telecomunicaciones mas grande de Puerto Rico. AT&T News.

 

El paso de este huracán fue devastador. La magnitud de esta tormenta fue más de la anticipada. Esto causó atrasos y complicaciones dentro de el sistema de gobierno y manejo de emergencias. Como se ha visto durante el transcurso de estos meses, la recuperación se ha dado paulatinamente. Todavía se ve afectada la vida cotidiana de cada individuo.

 

 

Travel Tips

Our First European Adventure:

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Traveling around Europe for the first time we learned a lot of valuable lessons, do’s and don’ts and tips from locals, tourist guides and people who actually knew what they were doing when they got here. So here is our list of tips to follow for your next European Vacation or any vacation that requires you to be on the move all the time.

 

  1. If you are not staying in one place during your whole trip, or can’t leave your luggage there while you go off and explore new and exciting places BRING A BACKPACKING BAG or a CARRY ON! I hate re-wearing clothes and never know what to pack but being jumping around cities in busses, airplanes and trains with a 42” luggage and a carry on has been exhausting and overwhelming.
  2. Plan your trip day by day, train tickets are cheap and you can get them the same day, you can also get sightseeing and activities tickets with 24 hours anticipation. Don’t be an over planner, go with the flow because an uptight agenda when your traveling is the worst!
  3. Take time for yourself, sleep in if you want, it will all still be there when you wake up, except if its winter where in eastern Europe 4pm is the new 9pm.
  4. Have a nice, full and heavy breakfast, grab a granola bar for the day and you’ll likely be full until dinner and save a couple of bucks.
  5. Don’t fly everywhere, don’t be that person, taking a train is so much simpler and takes just as much time. Barely any lines, no fuss and so much less expensive than a plane ride.
  6. Buy your plane tickets at least with 4 months advantage. We bought our tickets to Madrid for $230 but waited to buy our return ticket home and that ended up costing us double what we payed to get there.
  7. Uber is your friend but the metro is your life. The fares are so low and take you everywhere you want and need to go, also they are way more simple than you imagine and easy to figure out. I wouldn’t go out on a limb and say they are moron proof but if you are wary of the signs it’s likely you wont get lost.
  8. At the beginning of everyday, plan it. Just when you wake up, before leaving your bed, grab your online map and route your day, take screenshots of every route you need to take to and alternate routes in case you decide to explore more things, this will come in handy and prevent you from paying those extra $10 dollars a day for your cellphone usage.
  9. Don’t forget the power adapter, we did.
  10. Airbnb is your new bff, you will spend twice as less here than in a hotel. Almost all include Wi-Fi but not all include elevators so be sure to read every little detail before renting it. We had an apartment on the third floor with spiral staircases and six luggage’s (we are 3 people and didn’t think over packing was a problem) and almost died going up and down to get the luggage.
  11. Almost all places have free Wi-Fi, relax.
  12. Bring all of the medicine you may need, you probably wont need it but if you do, finding the one that always works best for you may be a problem.
  13. Change cash, banks charge you a percent of each transaction they have to convert.
  14. Try to eat healthy. Your body will thank you and you will thank yourself when you don’t have an upset stomach that last a week.
  15. Bring snacks from home, a good book and adventurous spirit.

 

Louvre Exhibition of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

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I have never been a lover of history or art but I have always appreciated and respected it. Getting to know historic and amazing museums have made me open up my mind and be in awe by the amazing details and graphic display that the artist portrayed. In my latest vacation I had the amazing opportuniy to visit the Mona Lisa Exhibition in the Louvre Museum in France. The most famous, visited, copied and talked about painting in the world.

The museum has been exhibiting the portrait painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1506 from 1797. The Louvre museum has been open since 1793. The location was chosen given its adquisition of King Francis I of the Republic of France.

The exhibition is beyond full all the time and people from all around the world come to admire the unique painting that is said to be looking at you from every direction and carries secrets from what is rumored to be da Vinci’s underlying messages inside every one of his painting.

Highly gaurded and highly insured in over 100 million dollars, Da Vinci’s painting is the awe of the artistic world, whether it is of the two different symmetric backgrounds, detail or the fact that da Vinci painted it.

Fun Facts about the painting:

  • It’s the most copied painting in the world.
  • The eyebrows and eyelashes of Mona Lisa have disappeared with time and over cleaning
  • It’s insured for 100 million dollars
  • It is worth over 700 million dollars
  • Napoleon used to own the painting because he was obsessed with the beauty of the woman in the painting
  • Mona Lisa isn’t her real name
  • The glass that covers her in the museum is bullet proof
  • Has been the subject of two art terrorism attacks directed on her
  • Is painted in wood

Hurricane Maria

September 2017 was the beginning of many things for the citizens of Puerto Rico. The wake of two supernatural monstrous hurricanes left the island in awe and not in a positive way. The destruction of crops, houses, lands, fields, water and electricity grids, telecommunication channels, antennas and more left us the people who stayed without many necessities like gas, food, power and water, communications and those where the lucky half. The other half, the ones who live hours away from the city, the capital got it so much worse. They were left without the same necessities, clean river and lake water, roofs over their heads, cars and streets to drive out of the wrecked town.

 

In the efforts to help the recovery of the island after this unprecedented situation that some say God forced upon us. I’m not a big believer in god himself as you may already know and especially in this types of situation. I don’t believe there’s a god that would save some and sacrifice others, it just doesn’t make sense. Either way, whether it was god, bad luck, global warming, we are all in the same boat and we all stood to help one another. Thousands of volunteers independent or organization driven took part of the recovery of the island. Supplies were sent and were distributed and little by little some cities were better than others, others were forgotten. Fear, danger, crime and wariness ravaged those forgotten cities. They were left for last, without power, water or supplies.

 

Fast forward to two months from September and more than half of the island still lacks electricity, only 60% of telecommunications have been restored, there is only one internet company working and providing service, 30% of the island still lacks access to clean filtered water and there’s basically no gas to cook with our camping gas stoves.

 

All this facts later and I don’t know if its ignorance or that people have grown accustomed to their new situation but the conversation about the island and its livelihood has died down and we are more focused on events like black Friday, when will certain shops, restaurants and stores re open that the overwhelming reality that faces our island and its citizens everyday.

 

We need to reroute the conversation.

 

 

Con o sin internet 

El invento del método de comunicaciones conocido como el Internet formó el camino a un nuevo futuro. El una vez usado solo para compartir correos electrónicos ha forjado nuestro presente y futuro y a su vez a creado una dependencia jamás imaginada. Hoy en día adicional de servirnos como vía de comunicación nos sirve como herramienta de trabajo, banco, comercio, mapa (gps) y más. El internet se ha convertido en nuestro asistente secreto, nuestra mano derecha, poco a poco se ha convertido en un órgano de nuestra anatomía humana.
Gracias a los huracanes que pasaron no muy silenciosamente por nuestra isla pudimos desintoxicarnos del internet por varias semanas. Descubrimos todas esas sensaciones que siente un adicto en su proceso de rehabilitación, la desesperación, la angustia, los impulsos fantasma… experimentamos que era vivir en mundo donde solo tú y tus seres queridos existen y no todas las personas atractivas y llamativas que seguimos en las redes sociales. El pasar estos meses a solas, fuera de la pantalla negra quizás nos ha permitido limitar nuestra dependencia y realizar que si, el internet es necesario pero no para todo y mucho menos debemos forjar nuestras vidas al rededor del mismo.

Stress Habits

5-Ways-to-Manage-Your-Election-Stress-Disorder-1440x810.jpgIf you have watched the news lately and you know that I am Puertorrican, living in Puerto Rico, you would know that about a month and a half ago my home, my island, my peace was struck with a category 5 hurricane which basically left my island in shambles (I still don’t have electricity btw.). Thank you Jesus, me and my family are okay, our home is too and my dog babies didn’t even realized what happened because they slept through the whole thing. That said, I still clearly been in a lot of stress, specially now that I’m back in school and work full time (yep! school full time, work full time) and with that, no electricity situation going on, well it kind of adds to it, a lot! 

There are different kind of stresses and stressors in life, emotional, physical, work related, school related, future uncertainty stress (talking to us, millennials!) and with all those stress factores there are not as many stress canalizing techniques, that actually work or we are willing to pay for or even try.

The stress I’m currently facing is “I can’t control anything, what is my life? an autobiography by me” stress and the only way I can get this 10 thousand pound chip of my shoulder is to, you guessed it, shop. Max out my credit card. Stop eating for a week because I needed that skirt? Ha! Of course I did, because I can control it, I can control how  I wear it (if I ever do), when I wear it and it just makes me feel in control of my life, for about a couple days until I wear it, the bliss dies and I’m left with a maxed out credit card that I have no idea how I’m going to pay back.

So, maybe you, my reader, my friend, have healthy ways of de-stressing but I don’t and my stress relief actually end up giving me more stress (like writing this article about stress, is making me stress).

Emotional? Work out until I can’t breath and begin to hate myself because I didn’t achieve to get abs on those 42 hours I was fighting with my boyfriend and lived in the gym. School? Netflix binge until I pass out sleep drunk and consider all the ways I can save the semester before the professor hands my grade back to me. Work? Pretend like nothing is wrong because you are a boss who doesn’t know what to do and is seriously freaked out about how you are going to pay the bills you don’t have with this job you don’t love. Shall I continue?

 

So, point being; I’m on my way to figuring out how to find healthy and actual working stress relief techniques that I can do from home. Techniques that empower me and make me feel like everything is ok. So, if you have ideas please feel free to comment below and I will try them.

So far, (i know, it will sound cheesy, bare with me) I have chosen to live day by day, focus on myself first, work hard, work out harder and eliminate toxic and negative energies from my life (bullies and people who just cloud your aura). Hey! I told you it was cheesy! But I think is a perfect way to start because being healthy in the inside (body and brain) and outside (body and surroundings) will make you feel overall better about yourself and thats how you start to destress by making yourself feel better and in control of your overall health!

So lets try and practice self love and figure out other amazing and actually working techniques to lower our stress levels while also helping each other grow and evolve into the person who we think we may never become but will and will exceed our expectations.

 

Why I hate to love fast fashion

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Fast fashion is the healthier clothing version of a fast food restaurant, the official slogan for this phenomenon should be “you snooze, you loose” or “first come, first serve”.  This summer we had shimmering trends, gingham, crop tops, wrap around crop tops, asymmetrical sleeves crop tops, jean skirts, hats, bandanas, scarfs, transparent heels, mules, boots, organic bikinis, reversible bikinis, high waisted shorts, body suits, almond shaped nails, kitten nails and a bunch of other trends that my brain can’t even remember.

I, a Zara aficionado, compulsive buyer, want to be millionaire and hoarder of fashion. I can’t keep up as much as I want to. First of all because my wallet does have a spending limit, even though I don’t usually see it, my credit card is maxed out and my closest needs to double in size because my clothes don’t fit anymore. I am the millennial who loves to hate fast fashion because I adore buying and buying and buying because this will look amazing, or its perfect for date night with my bae or for that concert this weekend that I never bought the tickets (Puertorrican babes, you know what’s up) or even for Sunday brunch.

I have more clothes that I could count but that’s never enough because Zara and local boutiques are basically pop up shops with limited pieces (shall we say 10 per item) that you never ever see again and hunt you till the end of time (I’m talking to you Zara). With an average price tag of $30+ and your average spending budget of $0.00 and the six pieces you desperately need, you end up spending the money you had saved up for your food splurge of the week.

Even though I love having the newest trends, looking like a 5 course dinner, lunch at Ruth Chris and brunch with bottomless mimosas  (because looking like a snack is like being the side girl, you just have it because your hungry and have cravings) I have decided to only buy necessary things that I could re-wear in a timely matter of 3-4 months? ok, weeks (except that white high waisted pant my mom bought me for Christmas that my boyfriend says its the only thing I wear) and items of clothes that are completely WORTH IT! (because that silver long – floor touching skirt I bought on Nasty Gal a year ago was totally worth it? right?) and also mostly splurge in SALES! because what’s better that seeing your online cart go from $400 to $200 in a blink of an eye? (free shipping but we can’t have it all).

But, fast fashion isn’t always the best way to go if you are an environment activist and world health and rights advocate. Consumers now spend 20% more than they did 20 years ago on clothes and one and more than 10million tons of textiles turn out on dump sites at the end of the year. The same way we care about ourselves we should care about the environment and the people in the factories who make our clothes. I am no mother teresa and you already know I kind of do have an obsession with fast fashion but I will try to change and I am hoping that you do too, because as much as I like to look good and fashionable, I love my planet and the people in it. So I urge you not to throw away clothes. Donate them, try to buy organic / recyclable materials made clothing, buy things you actually know that you are going to wear and buy from local businesses. I’m not saying we should boycott this industry, not at all, but let’s be more conscious of the decisions we make when wearing our clothing. Just like some people don’t buy real leather, skins or fur (me, because I’m broke). We can’t change the world alone, but we can help make it a little better. Even Zara has an organic line.

 

As always, with love.

 

 

How Kate Somerville’s Eradikate change my life

I, a young adult aka a millennial, spend hours and hours and hours of my life watching pointless videos on Facebook, it’s a vicious cycle really, I watch one after another after another until there aren’t anymore related videos and I jump back to the next post someone shared and the cycle starts again (this is basically my morning and night time regimen, who can’t relate, am I right?). One day, I guess it was on Facebook (and my many countless, pointless and account draining visits to Sephora, I stumbled upon the magical, clean, pretty and mystical, Kate Somerville, the dermatologist guru / wander women in real life who btw, I have dreams of meeting and having a LIFE CHANGING facial in her one and only Beverly Hills spot.

Since I don’t really care for my bank account as much as I care about my face and appearance (So hard, right?) I decided to spend the big bucks and try it out, “why not?” I said.

The zit removal miracle cream which has a bunch of science jargon that I can maybe understand but won’t get into it, clears pesky zits in DAYS! From dusk till dawn (I can’t get Zayns song out of my brain)  you can see a clear and radiant difference.

So, as a young adult suffering from period / pms acne, I was immediately SOLD! and when a brand representative who actually has met the magnificent and brilliant Kate S. came to my hometown Sephora and gave me a complimentary facial, I spent my whole pay check with her, because this shit is actual magic.

As a broke millennial I absolutely recommend to have a piggy bank for KS products because they will for real change your life.

A sales person ones told me “Your face is your business card to the world” & I will never forget it, because no one has ever said anything to me more true and honest in my whole life. So, let’s apply it!

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Products in order:

  1. https://www.sephora.com/product/eradikate-acne-treatment-P232903?skuId=1167147&icid2=products%20grid:p232903
  2. https://www.sephora.com/product/eradikate-daily-cleanser-acne-treatment-P415667?skuId=1906106&icid2=products%20grid:p415667
  3. https://www.sephora.com/product/eradikate-mask-foam-activated-acne-treatment-P393675?skuId=1694173&icid2=products%20grid:p393675

I haven’t tried #3 yet but I hear it works wanders and CANT wait to have it in my hands!

btw. This is not sponsored in any way, I wish it was because then that means KS knows about my existence and probably gives me products to try for free and that means my life is basically complete.