Madrid: 2 years later

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Two years ago, I was arriving at Barajas Airport in Madrid utterly scared and also excited to start a new life. Jimmy and I didn’t know what to expect since this was our first time in Madrid. We left behind so many things and felt heart-broken for many reasons.

I remember being scared to come here just for the reason that eventually I would have to leave again. But here we are two years later blending in this lovely city. I didn’t look back: I just said good-by to my family and left. No farewell parties, no calls, no social media “I-am-leaving” posts. We just took our things, our hopes and dreams and left for a better life.

So how can I manage to resume our two years here without making this a tremendous long post? With a list, obviously. 🙂

  1. Two years, two different apartments. Our first one sans elevator and the second one with a lovely terrace. 
  2. I have two of my old friends from school here in Madrid, but in these past two years I have made incredible new ones. I am so grateful for that.
  3. We have built a solid video reel with all the things we have filmed since we got here.
  4. In two years we have changed from one music producer to another (It didn’t actually work out for us, but still keep in touch because they are good friends). Now Jimmy and I haven’t stopped making music because we found our music flow together and we are loving it. I hope to share some new music soon.
  5. Talking about music, I wrote a song for the SRF Eurovision Switzerland Song Contest and we made it to the final 6 from 400 people! It was an amazing experience!
  6. I traveled to Paris, Pisa, Zürich (two times) and Thessalonica (3 times). I also made a fast trip to Miami with my parents. These two years have been busaaay!
  7. Nina moved in with us last year and I was the happiest person on earth to have my little monster here. 
  8. I finished the first draft of my book. It is still a work in progress but I am trying to squeeze the time to actually polish it.
  9. I work every single day to get what I want, I feel I have made such a big progress but there is still so much to do.
  10. Finally, I am still learning new things every day. Madrid, you still haven’t seen the best of me. 😉

Vlog series: Tuscany trip

I wanted to make a different kind of travel post so after stalking people on YouTube I got the (brilliant) idea to try to do a travel vlog for this trip.

I have to confess I was kind of skeptical about this whole vlog thing but it was actually fun and I got to capture tons of footage for you guys.

So here it is! Hope you like it 🙂

 

June photodiary: Greece

Aw…my lovely Greece.

This trip was definitely an exciting one! I got to spend my birthday with my family and got to work with amazing people. We laughed, we bickered and we laughed again.

I polished my skills as a translator for Jimmy when people talked to him in Greek. He learned new words like “fovero” that means “amazing” and “akrivos” that means “exactly”.

The weather was kinda cold and we suffered a little when we jumped into the freezing water, but hey…cold water is good for your skin (and also for having a minor heart attack once you touch the water).

 

From Paris with love (Part II)

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Last week we went on a brief and short trip to Paris with Jimmy. My mother-in-law was going to be there with a friend for a week, so we thought it would be a fabulous opportunity to jump on plane and meet there. My brother-in-law was coming from Barcelona and we all got together for a small family reunion.

I can’t emphasize enough how much we laughed and had a very lovely (and freezing) time. Although I missed my sister Stefi so much because every street and every corner reminded me of the last time I was in Paris with her. My little travel companion.

I think this is the first time in twelve years with Jimmy that I got to share and have so much fun with his family. His mother is the sweetest person you will ever meet and his brother is absolute fun. I rarely got to see him back in Caracas but I am really happy we got to share this trip together.

The view from our room

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Breakfast and lunch at Laduree

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New home, new life

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I have to confess I have had a really hard time finding a place to live. When I was looking for an apartment in Miami it was so much easier. But after long days and walking like a marathon athlete, we found a lovely place to start from scratch.

The new is located in an old building near Madrid’s downtown. It is a very calm and tranquil neighborhood with tons of little stores around it. It had two rooms: one will be Jimmy’s office where he will be working all day long and the other one will be our bedroom. The living room is really nice. We have two small balconies with a lovely view where we can peak between trees and take a glance at people walking.

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We don’t count with an elevator, but I think it will do us good to climb some stairs until the 3rd floor everyday (until it is time to buy water and it won’t be that fun at all.)

Soon I will try to go back to the original weekly mode of this blog’s format, but until then, I will be keeping you updated in the “Miscelaneous” section.

So excited!

I am finally here!

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Dear Madrid, I have officially arrived!

I am still looking for a place to live and it has been a little hard, but I am getting there. I found some interesting places and some terrible crack-house style apartments but I have the feeling that we will find something we really like. I can’t wait to share new photos of our trip so far and I believe this is going to be a very interesting adventure.

May you all have a wonderful week!

 

 

Almost done: Madrid here I come!

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I am writing this post and I already feel nostalgic since this is probably the last time I am going to be posting from this place. It’s official: I have packed everything and I am ready to start from scratch.

Tomorrow is going to be a very long day. Trips to Europe are long and the whole Caracas-airport-thing makes me feel anxious. Tonight I will be having a hard time falling asleep for sure. I am going to miss tons of things but I am excited for all the new experiences to come.

My bags have extra weight and we do have extra luggage. I just can’t process how I managed to pack our lives in just five suitcases (well thanks Mom you are amazing at this).

I will be posting as soon as I get there.

See you soon!

 

 

10 things I am loving about moving to another country

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I thought this would be so much easier. I have been dreaming of this moment for five years. It was like a distant dream. I would write about it and fantasize about a life outside this chaos. Suddenly I realize that moment has come. I am leaving all of this behind and starting from scratch.

I still can’t believe it but reality just slapped me in the face. I am packing and selling everything. You have no idea how much stuff you have hoarded until you have to move.

I can’t take everything with me, but I have some things that I do need. I am moving to a colder country and the nice tropical Venezuelan weather will be a cherished memory.

I am putting in a box all my summer clothing and taking out my winter clothing that I kept from my year studying dance in Toronto.

I am extremely anxious. I can’t sleep, I eat more than I should but deep inside I am truly excited.

This change is a big step towards a better life.

I want to share with you ten things I am loving about moving to another country.

1) I will be finally able to walk outside without the fear of getting robbed. 

2) I am getting rid of everything I don’t actually need. 

3) New culture to explore. 

4) Wearing high boot without looking ridiculous .(You do look funny wearing winter boots in a tropical country.)

5) Finally going to the supermarket and finding everything I need. 

6) Sharing my new music with a different part of the world. 

7) Meeting new people. 

8) Being really close to my Europe family. (Spoiler!) 

9) Continue my book in a different country.

10) Taking the Golden Limoncello with me!

5 things I loved about Las Vegas

Last week was all about traveling. While I blogged I was actually in Las Vegas. This was my first time there and Jimmy and I had a nice vacation. Our experience was not as you may expect. There were no crazy nights out or pool partying. But there was a lot of walking, shopping and eating. We experienced a total different Vegas vacation. (On our second day Jimmy was rushed to the E.R. He had kidney stones and was experiencing excruciating pain. After two days he felt better though.)

I want to share with you guys five things I loved about Las Vegas. There are also many things I did not like, but that I guess would be a total different post.

1) Let me get this out of my chest: I have been a Britney Spears fan since a little girl. I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I do love her so please don’t hate. One of the main reasons of this trip was going to see her Vegas residency show. It was AMAZING. This is the first time I see her up close and she is beautiful. Best night of our trip. (Sorry Jimmy for dragging you to the concert, but let’s admit we did have fun!)

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2) We stayed the first five days at the MGM Grand and the last ten days at the Cosmopolitan. The last hotel was spectacular and they gave us a fantastic room with a breath-taking view.

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3) We are early risers, so you can imagine how peaceful the mornings were with no one around in the streets and the pools. Those were our relaxing moments.

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4) We usually woke up at 6:00 am. Some mornings were really cold so we had coffee while walking in the streets. (From time to time we saw people from the night before returning to their hotels and some healthy runners.)

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5) I got to spend quality time with Jimmy. This trip would not have been the same without him. He made me laugh everyday.

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Airport fashion inspiration

There was a time in my life where I took the “traveling comfortably” motto very seriously. My outfits consisted in black sweat pants, Nikes and a black hoodie. I didn’t look bad, I just looked like a I was going to hit the treadmill. So with time I learned I could be nicely dressed and still be comfortable. I try to avoid anything too tight because I know how uncomfortable plane seats are. So I always stick with jeans, white shirt, nice cardigan and ballet flats. If my flight is short I like to wear heels and on longer flights I wear ballet flats, it all depends on your fashion personality and preferences.

Please try to avoid flip-flops. It doesn’t matter if you are going straight to the beach once you land, flip-flops are a no-no unless you are at the pool or at the beach. (Or if you are getting a pedicure and going straight home.)

I always bring a shawl in my carry-on because I am always cold. If my flight is really long I do bring black sweatpants and a black hoodie to change before going to sleep and immediately change to my normal clothes before landing.

Here are some pictures I found that are this week’s “Airport fashion inspiration”:

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Foods to avoid at airports

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You plan your vacation, you get to the airport, then all of a sudden you throw away all your healthy habits and go straight to have that burger with fries. What the heck, your vacation has just started right?

Be aware that sometimes that is not the smartest option. Not in the airport. Certain foods cause bloating, others can have a terrible aftermath.

1) Carbonated drinks. 

Sugar causes bloating and it is not a nice feeling to have on a long or even a short trip. Even diet sodas do too, so try to avoid them.

2) Too much coffee. 

I like to have my coffee when I am traveling in the morning or maybe a late-afternoon espresso. Please don´t over do it. Coffee in excess tends to dehydrate you and cause anxiety. It will not help you sleep if you are planning to do so.

3) Fried food.

Not good for your health and not good for your trip. Anything fried will satisfy your cravings for a brief time but will not nourish you in any way. When something is fried it is stripped from all its nutrients.

4) Alcohol.

I know some of you like to have a drink to soothe their nerves before a flight but believe me there are other natural options to do so. Keep in mind that alcohol dehydrate you and the first thing you need when traveling is to be hydrated. So try some valerian root or have a chamomile. (I am sounding like my grandmother, but you´ll thank me later.)

5) Switch the burger for a sandwich.

You can have it when you arrive at your destination but please try to avoid them before a flight. Have a sandwich instead with some protein and your fair amount of carbs. Thow in some veggies for extra points.

 

10 Random traveling tips

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There is something magical about traveling. You get to change your routine a little, explore new grounds or maybe revisit places. You get to pack and leave. (I really don’t understand people who hate packing because that is one of my favorite things to do before traveling.)

As you may have noticed, I am a really organized person but I was not born that way. As a kid I was the first one to leave clothes on the floor and leave my bed undone. I used to lose everything and I always left something behind every time I traveled. With time I learned that was not the way to get things done.

Today I want to share with you some tips I find useful while traveling.

1) I always bring an eye mask and ear plugs. It doesn’t matter if it’s a long or short flight I always have them in my carry-on. They don’t take space and are really light to carry.

2) Do your laundry before packing. You don’t want to start packing and find out your favorite sweater is dirty.

3) I like to leave the house clean before I leave. You have no idea how wonderful it is to come back from your trip and find everything neat and clean.

4) I throw a dryer sheet in my suitcase. My clothes smell amazing once I unpack. In my country you can’t find dryer sheets so I make my own. Take a coffee filter and soak it in fabric softener. Leave to dry overnight. There you go: home-made dryer sheets.

5) Never bring a piece of clothing you have never worn before. I once bought a fabulous sequins dress and thought it would be a fantastic piece to take with me. The dress was heavy and took some prominent space in my suitcase. To make a long story short, I tried the dress once I arrived and it didn’t fit.

6) Always wear black or dark-colored pants. I once had the fantastic idea of wearing light colored bottoms just to spill coffee on them at the airport.

7) Planes get chilly so bring a sweater. If you don’t need it in the plane you can always use it as a pillow.

8) Bring sanitizing hand wipes. Believe me you always will find those handy.

9) Scan your passport, ID, driver’s license and ticket. Email them to yourself.

10) I hate entering hotel bathrooms and showers with naked feet. So I always bring a pair of flip-flops.

Hope these tips are helpful for your next trip!