Portraits for a Monday: Me, Myself and I

I don’t like to be in the photo, I like to take it. But some time ago, just for fun {and to give this site a bit of a pro style}  I took a few self-portraits.

No me gusta salir en la foto, me gusta tomarla. Pero hace algún tiempo, sólo por diversión {y para darle a este sitio un poco de estilo profesional} tomé algunos autorretratos.


In these portraits I wanted to show a little bit of myself, so of course I had to wear my super cool purple glasses, a dress that reminds me of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, books should be part of the photo too and of course, photography. 

En estos retratos quería mostrar un poquito de mí misma, así que por supuesto tenía que llevar mis súper molonas gafas moradas, un vestido que me recuerda a “Alicia en el País de las Maravillas”, los libros también tenían que formar parte de la foto y por supuesto, la fotografía. 


So, here I am with my Lubitel 166B {if you haven’t noticed, I used that photo for the profile of this blog} and with my Lomography Diana {which I used in a couple of articles I wrote for the website Guirilandia about the Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London}

Así que aquí estoy con mi Lubitel 166B {por si no lo habéis notado, usé esa foto para el perfil del blog} y con mi Lomography Diana {que usé en un par de artículos que escribí para la web Guirilandia sobre la Tate Modern y el Victoria & Albert Museum en Londres}


These photos are just a bit part of me, maybe the bigger part, I would say. There are a lot more of myself, maybe some I’m not yet aware of.

Estas fotos son sólo una parte de mí, quizá diría que la más grande. Hay mucho más de mí misma, quizá no soy aún consciente de alguna parte más.


Liebster Award

I’m over the moon!! Izzi from izzi365 has tagged me for the Liebster Award!! It’s designed to celebrate and help discover new blogs. Go check hers, where she shows her life in Madrid.

Thanks a lot Izzi!!! And thank you all for reading me!! 🙂

Liebster award

The rules of the Liebster Award are:

  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!

My 11 random facts!!

  1. It doesn’t matter how many times I tidy up my desk, it’s always messy…
  2. My favourite food is chips, and yes, it IS food {despite what my friends say}
  3. I love languages! I’m studying Frech and Japanese, always improving my English and know a little of Italian {and Spanish of course, it’s my mother tongue}
  4. Someday I will live abroad.
  5. I have two tattoos: one of a butterfly and the other is the kanji yume, ‘dream’ in Japanese. I want another one {or three…}
  6. My nickname has been Yume for many many years, that’s because I’m always daydreaming.
  7. I can’t stand the touch of velvet nor polystyrene {that white horrible thing that protects stuff inside boxes} They give me goosebumps just to think about them.
  8. If I’m obsessed with something {a song, a group, a tv series, a book…} I’ll repeat it over and over and over {I end up even knowing the dialogues by heart}, until I find another obsession.
  9. I love stationery stuff!!
  10. I can’t live without music. I need it. Really, like breathing.
  11. I don’t have a lot of patience, except for photography.

The 11 blogs I extend the award to have been so difficult to choose, all the blogs I’m following are amazing!

  1. Pursuing Wabi
  2. Ooggetuige
  3. Travel Photography by Dimitrii Lezine
  4. Noir
  5. ellyhuizinga
  6. Out of focus
  7. Sanslartigue
  8. Stephen G. Hipperson
  9. pj brez photography
  10. Petra’s 365 photographs
  11. Quirk’n It

Now it’s time for Izzi’s questions!

  1. What is the best thing to do in your home town? -> Have a coffee with my friends in a nice place and talk for hours.
  2. Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group? -> I prefer to travel in a group, I always have a lot of fun!
  3. Tell me some words of wisdom that mean something to you. -> “If you cry for the loss of the sun, the tears won’t let you see the stars” (Rabindranath Tagore); and “Everything happens for a reason”.
  4. What are your favourite and least favourite Spanish dishes? -> My favourite Spanish dish is my mum’s roast chicken. My least favourite is gazpacho because I don’t like tomatoes {some of my friends can’t believe it}
  5. What are your 3 most treasured possessions? -> I’m going to cheat a little and say my cameras {that are more than 3}, an old photograph of my parents and a little cow made of china my granma gave me when I was a child and didn’t want to eat.
  6. What do you normally eat for breakfast? -> I usually have a cup of Twinings English Breakfast tea and a toast with butter and blueberry or strawberry jam.
  7. What is the funniest language barrier problem you have encountered? -> When I was doing an English course in London 2 years ago, we were talking in class about mice. I asked the teacher what was the plural of ‘mice’, she looked amazed at me {I was in a high level in that school} and told me that ‘mice’ was the actual plural of ‘mouse’. It was a very stupid situation.
  8. Which do you prefer – travelling in the winter or the summer? -> I prefer the summer but to cool places.
  9. What stereotypes do people have about your country? Are they true? -> I think a lot of people believe Spaniards are lazy, not true! Most of us are very hard-working.
  10. If you had the opportunity to travel around the world, which countries would you visit? -> Uff… I’d love to go to Japan, US, Europe in general, Argentina, Canada, Australia… I’d visit mostly every country.
  11. For the Spanish bloggers – what are Spain’s best kept secret locations? -> Jajaja, I recommend you to explore every place you go {not only in Spain} I usually combine my favourite spots with coffee shops, restaurants, nice and little shops… I don’t know if they’re secret but my favourite ones are: the villages of Salamanca (specially La Alberca and Candelario); Otto restaurant in Conde Duque, Madrid; a tour on the covers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela; Monastery of San Juan de la Peña, in Huesca; Bar Mercante in Gijón  (best pastel de cabracho and cachopo I’ve ever tried… the arroz con leche is amazing too); the port of Corcubión (La Coruña) at night; in fact, all the beaches of Galicia; Café del Jardín in the Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid; the medieval village of Ainsa (Huesca) …………… I’m starting to think I should open another blog just for my trips.

 Finally, my questions for you!

  1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  2. Where would you like to live? Why?
  3. What’s your favourite book?
  4. And film?
  5. If you could travel anywhere in the world and money wasn’t a problem, where would you go? Why?
  6. If you had a time machine, what date would you travel to?
  7. What’s your favourite quote?
  8. Why did you start blogging?
  9. What’s in your bucket list?
  10. What’s the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened to you?
  11. Do you remember the first picture you took?




2013 is finally here, now it’s time to think about the last year, the good things it has given us, the resolutions we’ve completed, the new ones for this year, it’s time to find new hopes and challenges.

El 2013 finalmente ha llegado, es momento de pensar en el pasado año, las cosas buenas que nos dió, los propósitos cumplidos, los nuevos para este año, es momento de encontrar nuevas esperanzas y desafíos.


Plaza de Callao

Today is the last day of Christmas time in Spain. Tonight, the Three Wise Men or Three Kings come to bring presents to good kids, the bad ones will probably receive coal, so I hope you all have been good… Today there are parades in almost every city of Spain, with floats where the Three Wise Men throw candies to children {and not only children…} 

Hoy es el último día del período de Navidad en España. Esta noche, los Reyes Magos vienen para traer regalos a los niños buenos, los malos probablemente recibirán carbón, así que espero que todos hayáis sido buenos… Hoy hay desfiles en casi todas las ciudades de España, con carrozas donde los Reyes Magos tiran caramelos a los niños {y no sólo a los niños…}

Tonight is time to go to bed early, leaving a shoe for the presents and some sweets and cava for the Three Wise Men and water for their camels, they need to get their strength back to continue their journey, it’s just one night and there are so many people that need their presents.

Esta noche hay que irse pronto a dormir, dejando un zapato para los regalos y algún dulce y cava para los Reyes Magos y agua para sus camellos, necesitan recuperar las fuerzas para continuar su viaje, es sólo una noche y hay mucha gente que necesita sus regalos.

In the meantime, a few photographs of the Christmas ligths of Madrid, taken a few days ago with my friend Silvia.

Mientras tanto, algunas fotos de las luces de Navidad de Madrid, tomadas hace unos días con mi amiga Silvia.

Gran Vía

Gran vía desde plaza de españa – gran vía from plaza de españa

Calle Arenal

Calle arenal con el teatro real al fondo – calle arenal with royal theatre in the background


tiovivo en plaza mayor – carousel in plaza mayor

Calle Alcalá

calle alcalá





yo, foto tomada por silvia – me, photo taken by silvia