Farewell 2018

Well, well, well… a new year, uh?

2018 has been a pretty good year… I’ve travelled to new places (some because of work, but still), had a great time with my family and friends, moved out and finally got to live in Madrid.

Each 1st January I think I haven’t done much … but I just have to look at my Paperblanks’ planner to see that maybe that’s not entirely true. Sure, it can be improved, let’s see what 2019 is going to reveal.

I hope 2019 will bring good stuff and great memories (against my feeling right now that this new year is going to be a shit year… maybe is it because I haven’t recover from my endless cold?)

Anyway, as one of my favourite Harry Potter characters said: “Anything is possible if you have enough nerve”.

And of course, I’ll continue to be as messy as always!! (and unable to focus the camera with my left hand…)

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Farewell 2017

Well… 2018 is finally here. 2017 has been a really strange year… the end of some projects, the beginning of some others, bad things to beloved beloved friends but another good stuff for some other friends. Whatever. Strange year.

Flicking through the pages of my planners (yep, 3 this year, as I used a notebook after a notebook to fill my year) a lot of stuff has happened. I haven’t travelled as much as 2016, just a little. I finished my course, done my internship and finally managed to stay in the company doing something not even remotely related to my studies but strangely something that I love and in the company of good fellas. Still learning and I love it.

Somehow it seems as if I haven’t done many things (not true, actually), am I growing old maybe?? Hope not!!!

Anyway, I want to make a lot of new stuff for 2018, new projects and adventures lie ahead, I’m sure of it. Now 2018 is promising to be a year of changes, to make some decisions (ugh). No room for apathy in 2018!!!

** Side note: and of course, bringing all my nerdiness and freakness along. Hell yeah, this is me!

Farewell 2016

Another year has come to an end. An outstanding year if I might add. In 2016 I’ve (re)discovered, with full strength, my passion in a job that’s been incredible in all possible ways. Sadly it ended, however I can’t but treasure all the moments and the things I’ve learnt, as I have now a goal to pursue.

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2016 has been also a year of travelling, I’ve been to Japan, to Stockholm, to Liverpool and once again to London. I had a great time on those trips and met wonderful people along the way, and discovered, to my astonishment, that travelling alone to a different country and culture is not only an amazing adventure but a great feeling to better myself.

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In this year that ends I’ve also fulfilled two of my dreams: visiting Japan, my life-long wish I’ve been craving for since I was about 15 years old. My love for this country has increased even more and I’ll sure be going there in the future, but surely I won’t wait 17 years to do so. The other one was to visit the Harry Potter studios in London, a trip I took with my sister and a magic experience.

For 2017 I only wish it to be at least as good as 2016, but sure enough with more adventures, more love, more trips, more incredible experiences. I’ll try not to worry as much as I usually do, I’ll try to endure myself and be more adventurous, I’ll try to do all the things I’m always postponing due to my fears and the unknown, I’ll try to live as much as I can, with the people that I love the most in the world.

Dos Cero Uno Siete

Otro año que llega a su fin. Un año espectacular, debo añadir. En 2016 he (re)descubierto, con toda su fuerza, mi pasión en un trabajo que ha sido increíble en todas sus facetas. Tristemente terminó, sin embargo, no puedo sino atesorar todos los momentos y las cosas aprendidas, así como la meta que ahora quiero perseguir.

2016 ha sido también el año de los viajes, he estado en Japón, en Estocolmo, en Liverpool y de nuevo en Londres. Lo he pasado genial en todos esos viajes y he conocido a gente increíble, y descubierto, para mi sorpresa, que viajar sola a un país lejano y a otra cultura no es sólo una aventura alucinante sino también un estupendo sentimiento de superación de mi misma.

En este año que acaba he cumplido dos de mis sueños: visitar Japón, mi deseo de toda la vida, algo que deseaba desde que tenía 15 años. Mi amor por este país no ha hecho más que crecer y estoy segura de que volveré en un futuro, aunque no esperaré otros 17 años para ello. El otro ha sido visitar los estudios de Harry Potter en Londres, un viaje que hice con mi hermana y que fue una experiencia mágica.

Para 2017 sólo deseo que sea al menos tan bueno como 2016, aunque seguro que hay más aventuras, más amor, más viajes, más experiencias increíbles esperando a lo largo del camino. Intentaré no preocuparme tanto, intentaré ser más dura y más aventurera, intentaré hacer todas las cosas que siempre pospongo por miedo y lo desconocido, intentaré vivir todo lo que pueda, con la gente a la que más quiero en el mundo.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Or Happy New Year! in Chinese. Today is the celebration of the Chinese New Year, which for 2013 is the Snake.

O ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! en chino. Hoy se celebra el Año Nuevo Chino, que para 2013 es la Serpiente.

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This year, due to different reasons, the Chinese community of Madrid decided not to celebrate the Parade… So the photographs here are the Parade celebrated in February 2010.

Este año, debido a varias razones, la comunidad china de Madrid decidió no celebrar el desfile… Así que las fotografías que veis aquí son del desfile celebrado en febrero de 2010.

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During the Parade of 2010, the streets of Madrid were full of dragons, lanterns and colour. It took place in front of the Royal Palace and then it continued in Plaza de España {the last photograph shows a part of the monument of this spot} where there were also different stands to buy chinese food and other things.

Durante el desfile de 2010, las calles de Madrid se llenaron de dragones, farolillos y color. Se realizó delante del Palacio Real y después continuó en Plaza de España {la última foto muestra una parte del monumento de este sitio} donde había también distintos stands para comprar comida china y otras cosas.

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New Year’s Resolutions

1st of January is, maybe, the day when everybody is doing the same thing: lists about resolutions for the New Year that comes…

 

In the last days of December and the first of January I like to do a compendium, to summarize the year, trying to reflect on the good things, the bad stuff and of course, see if the last year’s resolutions have been achieved. 2011 has been, in general, a tough and depressing year, horrible year, thank goodness with a few moments of happiness.

 

My wish for 2012 is more happiness, a job (oh I really really need it!!!) and the hope of finding the light in the darkness. Ok, and a few more resolutions… here they are:

 

PS: more a wish than a resolution is my desire to go to Japan 😉  … but I feel I can’t make it this year… 😦