It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

It’s not this time of the year without a Christmas tree.

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I’ve never had a Christmas without a Christmas tree. My mom always made sure we had a beautiful tree, wether it was small, big, real or plastic and I carried that with me when I moved to Barcelona. We’ve been here for three years now and I’ve put up a tree every year!

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I was just telling hubby the other day about it. Back at my home in Venezuela, I remember grabbing my iPod, a blanket and laying on the cozy couch to watch the fireplace and our Christmas tree for hours while listening to music. It was one of my favorite things to do.

I love putting up the Christmas tree! It’s a happy day for me and It definitely wouldn’t feel this time of the year without one :).

 

Hello, December!

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I love December. It might be a cliché, but I just do.

And photography-wise, December is a treat! There are lights everywhere, and all the scenarios we are used to, change. There is all the cooking, the decorations and colors. The perfect opportunity to take some great shots.

This is a photo of a  poinsettia (I just learned that it’s name in English). In Venezuela we call it Flor de Navidad, which means Christmas Flower; or Papagayo which means parrot.

What do they called it where you live?

Happy New Year!

Happy new and amazing year to everyone! 😀 So, yes,  in my first year as a blogger I couldn’t pass by to write a new year post. So here it is. For me, 2013 was equal to change. With all my heart I can assure that 2013 has been the most eventful year so far. So many good and bad things happened, I feel it just couldn’t agree wether it wanted to be a good year or a bad one.

However, today I was walking trough the beautiful streets of Barcelona with hubby and my brother, in a way I can say is a very different one of wich I was used to spend January first, and we started a new tradition. I began to ask them questions about different subjects as a way to make a fun recap about our year. I would very much like to share mines with all of you! This is how we started:

Best movie: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This was a unanimous decision.

Best videogame: Tomb Raider. I loved this game, I would play it a thousand times again.

Best animé: Inuyasha. I laughed, I cried, I was scared, I was happy. My favorite so far.

Food of the year: Sushi. Yes! Until this year I didn’t eat sushi, I do now, and i’m addicted to it.

Song of the year: AoD I Just Played Jax. I can say this song stuck to me all year and I don’t think is going to go away any time soon.

Dissaster of the year: My grandpa passing away.

Best trip: Going to the snowed mountains.

Event of the year: Getting married. What more can I say? 🙂

Purchase of the year: “Two tickets to Barcelona, Spain, please”.

Season of the year: Winter. It’s Christmas, my parents came to visit, we are all together, and I couldn’t ask for more.

And, as usual, my faithful and inseparable friend, my camera, was with me all along. So here are some of my favorite photos I took in 2013. Hope you like them!

It was very hard to choose from so many. Specially when there are so many memories attached to everyone of them. 2013 Is hard for me to define, maybe different is the word. Hope you have an amazing 2014 and keep on blogging!

Christmas Time

I love Christmas! Since I can remember, for me, it’s time of delicious food (lots of it), lights, music and family. I have my parents to thank for that, they always made sure Christmas was awesome and beautiful. And happily for me, my parents came to Barcelona for the Holidays. So, besides that, this is my first Christmas in my own apartment, with my hubby in a new country! There are so many new things!

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Everything about Christmas time is different. The food is special, the color of the light changes and everything smells sweet. It’s a beautiful time to take lots of pictures. There are so many things that we can only see during this time, is a must to take our cameras with us at all times. I’ve taken lots of photos lately, but sometimes I’m so amazed by the things around me I just stay there with my eyes wide open fearing I might miss something. Here are some of my favorites so far!

The trees change color and the leaves keep falling, sticking to the ground. There are Christmas markets in almost every square and you can hear music dancing through the air. Lights decorations are the main event in the streets and building compete for attention. It’s time of presents, delicious food and  pictures :).

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…!

When I was a kid I had my first encounter with snow in a small town in USA. I was about six or seven years old and, although I never saw snow since then, I could still remember the sound it made while walking on it. Its a very particular sound and it got stuck in my memory. This past weekend, I got to hear that sound again and it was just as I remembered.

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I went on a roadtrip to visit the snow outside of Barcelona and it was amazing. The first stop was the beautiful town of Camprodon. The first thing you see when you star walking is the Ter river and the grand bridge over it. Is a stunning view completed by the many stores housed in old stone constructions, christmas music floating through the crowded streets and the smell of honey and smoke coming out of the fireplaces.

After walking up and down through Camprodon, we continued our way to the snow, wich was pretty much the purpose of this trip! And after driving for a little while we got there. I have to admit that I felt like a kid playing in the snow. We had so much fun and I got to photograph it for the very first time. Here are some of the pictures I took.

Personally I think is kind of difficult to take pictures in snowy landscapes. It was so bright I could barely open my eyes and focus. However i’m very happy with the photos, the colors are very intense and the light is beautiful and soft.

And, finally, after rolling, falling (a lot), gliding down hill and throwing lots of snow, we went back home. It was an amazing, extremely fun day. I still look at the pictures and don’t believe how beautiful everything was. I can wait to go back again!