Saturday, January 30, 2016

It's time...

...to be on the road again. Even if it's only for two short days. And to a place that I already know: Milano!


My cousin has been telling me on and on to come visit. And I had wanted to return to Milano for more than the usual 1 day shopping spree for some time now. So, here I am. Leaving tomorrow. Coming back on Monday night. I will be meeting my cousin and his family on Sunday for dinner and I plan to visit a couple of museums the rest of the time (and do some shopping as well SMILE).
It feels good to be on the road again (or let's say to get ready to be on the road again!).

Monday, January 25, 2016

Serendipity

I love the word serendipity. Not only the meaning (according to the Oxford Dictionairies: The occurence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way) but the sound of it as well.
Up until recently I had never realized that serendipity has been part of my life ... since ... well, ever.

Most of my friends have a clear goal in life. Or goals. Plural. Ever since. They knew exactly what they wanted to be when they grew up. They have a 5 or a 10 or a 15 year plan. They knew (and still know) what they wanted and want. I've admired these people. How easy life must be when you know exactly who you wanna be, what you wanna be, where you wanna be, etc.
My life, in comparison, looked (and looks) like a mess.
Why couldn't my life be as clear and straightforward as theirs?
Why am I approaching 50 years of age and still not know where I am gonna go?

I love my life. Don't get me wrong. I've worked hard to get where I am now. Worked hard to be who I am today. And I love where I am today. Who I am today. I am proud of the person I have become.
If it weren't for this doubt somewhere deep inside.
Why couldn't I have a clear vision of my (future) life?
My past life looks like an accumulation of events that happened by chance.
An accumulation of events that makes sense ... but still an accumulation of events by chance.
By chance! Imagine!
Did I really want a life that was built on chance?
Do I want to trust in serendipity?

Well, yes.
I do.
I realized this fact a couple of days ago.
Yes, my life is based on serendipity.
And I am good with it.

I accept the way my life is. Has been. And probably will be.
Without any 5 year plans. No clear idea of who I wanna be.
But ...
I am me.
I have evolved. I'm evolving. I will evolve.
I live the life I want to live. Not dictated by others, society or whatever.
I sit on the cockpit of my life because I make the decisions. Without a clear future plan that is.
I don't longer mind though. I feel it deep down that everything is fine the way it is.
It just feels right.
It feels really good.
An accumulation of events that happens by chance and that makes sense (mostly only afterwards!).
Let's say it again with Steve Jobs' words:




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cold

Ice flowers on my balcony floor yesterday morning! 


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Palma de Mallorca: View From Castel Belver




Wow, the view was just wow! Castel Belver looks like this ... up on the green hills:



Friday, January 8, 2016

Palma de Mallorca: Sea Front

My second favorite spot of Palma was the sea front. I just loved walking back and forth the Passeig Maritim, enjoying myself, the sun and the view - my thoughts floating freely (or not at all).






This was an amazing place. A beach actually. Dozens of cats live there and, supposedly, are been taken care of by the locals as the cats looked well fed and healthy!



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Palma de Mallorca: The Graffitis

I walked the streets of Palma. A lot. I got lost a couple of times (I adore getting lost!) but found my way back again (the city is not that big! Luckily!). During one of my strolls I came across these graffitis. Don't you just love these birds as much as I do?






Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Palma de Mallorca

I got an email from a friend this morning, asking me: was Palma nice? 
Was it nice? Yes, it was. Very much so. I felt good the whole time. I loved my hotel (an old palazzo turned hotel). I loved the old town with its narrow streets. I loved the sea front. And, obviously, the cathedral. The city put me in a good mood!
If you'd force me to admit one thing that I didn't like ... Well, it'd be the fact that the Spaniards eat dinner at 11 pm. That's something that I can't get used to. People back home assured me that usually there were restaurants open at 7 pm but December not being high season or maybe my not being able to find those .... Fact is that I spent my evenings in my hotel room. What did you want me to do? Wait until midnight to eat dinner???So I spent my evenings with my ereader! 
It wasn't bad. I was rather tired after hours of walking around and I was able to catch up on my sleep as well! 

Here it's what I really don't appreciate about traveling to Spain! 

Palma de Mallorca: The Cathedral

The Cathedral

Inside the Cathedral






It's time to tell you about my short visit to Palma de Mallorca. What a nice way to end 2015!
I was a bit anxious about this whole trip though. I have to admit. After my Malta trip in October and the bad experience with mass tourism, I was afraid to encounter the same issues in Mallorca (it being a well-known and well traveled to destination in the Mediterranean!). Luckily though (yes, the Gods of travel are with me again hahaha) I chose just the couple of days in between Christmas and New Year were not a lot of people are actually traveling (at least not in Palma). So it was nice. There were tourists but no hordes. So I was happy :-)

I totally fell in love with the cathedral. Oh my. I read in my guide book that their cathedral is actually the only one of the world that is reflected in the waters of the sea. Well, it's no longer the sea these days (they built a street and a harbor in front of it!) but they were intellingent enough ... not to forget to built a nice park in between with a big ... how to describe it? ... pond? Water basin? Now the cathedral is reflected in water - if not the waters of the Mediterranean. Nice neverthless.
I spent a couple of hours inside the church (they have an informative audio guide!). I loved the glass of the windows! It was interesting to discover that Antoni Gaudí worked on the interior of the Cathedral as well (it was easy to recognize his inimitable style!).
The Cathedral was my first surprise is this nice city!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy 2016!

It's 2016 (already). 2 0 1 6.
I am looking forward to this new year. Not that 2015 has been bad - especially not the second half of it. It's just that it wasn't extraordinary. And I do love extraordinary (hahahahaha).
My 2015 ended in a happy way. I spend some quality time with friends and family, did a lot of reading and ... traveled to Palma de Mallorca (yes, I'll post some pictures!) for a couple of days.
I feel good. Rested. And am ready for new adventures.

In this spirit: Happy New Ways to all of you!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016