5/31/11

Procrastination...


I'm now in my final exams, but I have really no motivation to study...this is bad!!
Do you know the feeling when you are rolling up and down on your Facebook home page...nothing new is going on, but you keep on rolling up and down...you look at pictures you really have no interest in, check all the websited ppl put up, check out all the videos...Facebook should crash for a week or so!! haha

Although Facebook is not the only way to spend time on useless things...there are also blogs,
  1. About fashion like Miss Gustto and Dressed2Love that my friend from NY writes, or Manuela Loves Shopping, that a friend from the Canary Island is working with (really cute actually!). Then there are The Sartorialist, Facehunter, ...
  2. Random stuff like Inspire Me Now, or just magazines like Vice Mag....

A whole world of procrastination possibilities only a click away!! :O


What i've been doing this last days is to listen to a lot of music, plus working on learning the lyrics... absolutely necessary and very important! Not really...

I'm using Spotify to listen to all those groups you heard about, but never listened to...of course now is the best moment to do so!

I now have Vampire Weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons, The Whitest Boy Alive, Yeah Yeah Yeah's and many others...and of course it's VERY important to listen to them all!

Really cool video btw :)

Yesterday I was watching Youtube videos - also very important, i know - and got stucked watching the videos of Jorge & Alexa Narvaez, she's just sooooo cute!! my heart hurts of love!! She really makes you smile :)



Another way to procrastinate is to write this blog post...but there u are, now u have a lot of new pages to watch out! ;)

5/30/11

Mumford and Sons, The Cave

I saw this video the other day and the nature reminded me of Goa....and obviously it was :))
Read about the making off here

Love it!


I'm going to the FIB festival this summer, 14th-18th of July (My birthday present for myself!) and Mumford & Sons will be there, great!! I'm really looking forward to it :)

5/25/11

Hola a Todo El Mundo - A movement between this two

I went to the concert of Hola a Todo El Mundo last friday, at Stereo here in Alicante. They were AMAZING! If you have a chance to see them, go! They were at the festival SOS 4.8. in Murcia too :)

Here is their first music video, "A movement between this two"


I'm now addicted to their CD and listen to them all the time.

Pretty special name btw! Easy to remember that's for sure, but you wouldn't expect to hear that kind of music from a band called "Hola a todo el mundo" :)

5/19/11

Posters Spanish Revolution



Here are some of the posters seen at the Spanish Revolution demonstration that's happening at the moment in Spain. Thousands of spanish citizens of all ages, specially young people, are camping at different squares in Spain (Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona, but more and more cities are joining in) asking for political, economical and social change, only days before the local elections, movement specially encouraged by youth groups and social media.

The demonstrarions are banned by Madrid's electoral board, but thousands of people are defying by camping in the squares, with more and more people arriving every day. It all started as a support for the youth group Democracia Real Ya, Real Democracy Now.

The whole movement starts in response of Spains economical crisis. There is an unemployment rate of 21% (around 4.9 million people). The protesters manifesto states that politicians facing corruption charges shouldn't be able to run for election; the voting system should change to be more representative and the Senate should be scrapped.


The Manifesto

I thought it was interesting to recollect some of the posters seen at the demonstration (all found on Internet), and i've translated them
*(sorry if some of them are not completely correct, any complains post a comment :) )

"Politicians pee at us, media says it's raining"

Anti-alcohol posters are everywhere, to avoid the media to turn the demonstration into a "macro-botellón", a huge drinking party.

"Read more"

"If you don't let us dream, we won't let you sleep"

"The Revolution was in out heart, now it's flying free on the streets"

"Your vote is worth a lot, don't give it to them"

"We are aloud to camp days to see Hanna Montana but not to defend our rights?"

A version of the one above
"In this country we can camp for Justien Bieber's concert or to see the last Twilight movie, but not to defend our rights. We aren't moving!"

"You still think you can't do anything?"

"Our voice is our weapon"

"Real democracy now, without frauds"


"Real democracy now!
We aren't merchandise in hands of politicans and bankers"

"Violence is to get paid 600€"


"Law of political responsibility" "The power of non violence"



This one is from Amsterdam, today. I like the poster that says:
"Mum, send me some chorizo from Spain, since you have a lot!"

Chorizo in spanish is a type of sausage, but it's also used to designate corrupted politicians or business men.


"Turn off the TV, turn on you mind"

"ZP [Zapatero] is failing and suppressing us"

Puerta del Sol, Madrid

New name for Puerta del Sol's subway station: "Solution Square"

"It's not too little money, there are too many thief's"

"United because of common sense"
"A lot of chorizo and little bread" [chorizo=corrupted business men]
"PP=PSOE Corruption"


And here some first pages of the most important newspapers in Spain, from today, 19th of May 2011

El País "The 15-M movement gets stronger in the homestretch"


El Mundo "The Government allows the prohibited demonstration and PSOE hugs the protest"

ABC "Agains the law"



And my personal favorite, Público's first page made of all the posters seen during the demonstrations :




You can definitely see the ideology of each newspaper just by reading their front page....

You can follow the Spanish Revolution live on Twitter with this hashtags:



* If you are not happy with any of the translations, please leave a comment to make it better :)

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4/28/11

The XX - Basic Space

Enjoy!


Just ran in to this group randomly while surfing around, and I really liked it, so I had to share it with u :) They are called The XX and launched their first CD in February this year. They are also on MySpace, check them out!

We all want to be young

The investigation agency BOX1824 shows us how it is to be young today :)


We All Want to Be Young (leg) from box1824 on Vimeo.

3/21/11

India Kumbh Mela 2010: "Sab Kuch Milega"

I was checking through pictures and videos from my India trip today. I was sitting in my sofa on my own and literally cracking up... Soooo many good and funny memories!!

One of the first things me and my "travel buddy"/cousin/best friend, Nicole (also called Nickel in India) did when we got to India was to go to the Kumbh Mela festival. It's said to be the biggest religious festival in the world. Last year, 2010, Purna Kumbh Mela was celebrated from 14th january to 28 of April in Haredwar, about 75 million people attended. On April 14, 2010, approximately 10 million people bathed in the Ganges river. I was one of them :)

Having a swim, cleaning their karma,
in the Ganges

According to the story, during a fight between gods and demons trying to get the elixir of immortality, four drops fell in four different places of India, one of them in Haredwar.


In the feet of the Himalayas, everybody wants to see the sadus Nagha Baba, warriors and defenders of knowledge, but also ex fathers, husbands, architects and doctors who left everything to reach knowledge and illumination. As a kind of penitence they can decide not to speak or to stand on their feet for years (even sleeping, I saw many babas with deformed legs because of that). They live isolated in caves and forests, and only come out in festivities like this.

After squeezing in in a "Sleeper bus" with another 100 indians (nos exagerating, in every 1-person seat there were minimum 3 people sharing, as well as the whole floor full of ppl) for about 16h from Delhi we arrived in Haredwar. Thanks to Couchsurfing we even had a place to stay (would not have been easy or cheap to find a hotel in those days!), we met up wih Deepak, a local guy, and then we left our stuff at his families' house, and then we went to the Kumbh Mela.

Deepak already hosted 3 other "westerners" and one japanese girl, and we all went together to the Kumbh Mela. There were not many "westerners" there, so we dragged a lot of attention! But it also gave us some privileges, since it gives "status" to the sadhus to have westerners in their camping. We were aloud to go in in the Sadhus camping, were we sat down with them, smoked chillum and tried to understand each other using the international sign language :P

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Our "boss" sadhu moking charras (indian hashish) from a Chillum

The sadhus were completely naked, covered in ashes and with long dreads. And they were constantly stoned and smiling :)

Smile :)

One of the strangest things I saw, over and over again, was a sadhu rolling his penis around a stick and then letting another baba stand on the stick...
I don't have a penis myself, but I'd think that HURTS!!
Good friends this guys...Auch!


This sadhu has had his arm up in the air for more than 30 years. Check out his nails!

You could get a blessing from the sadhus (after leaving some rupees, of course..)

The "western crew" with a clean Karma after a bath in the Ganges :)

We were really lucky, Deepak managed to fix so that we all could sleep in the camping with the babas! So after a long day enjoying the Kumbh Mela we were aloud to "sleep" in the little camping of one of the main sadhus. We were not allowed to lay down though, nor to put our feet towards the sadhus, that's really disrespectful. After a while "the boss" felt pity for us let us lay down on the ground with a stone as a pillow :) that was def an experience!!

I don't think I'll be sleeping on the ground surrounded by hundreds of completely naked sadhus many more times in my life!

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Before going to bed we were invited to sit down, sing and smoke with the sadhus

Next morning. The camping where we slept. Me and my cousin are sitting to the left,
that was our bed for a few hours :)


This is the cutest baba ever, he was soooo sweet and funny and smiley :)

BFFs :)

The boss sadhu had read hair...hmmm...that makes me think he wasn't indian...
(I had just woke up, like 6am..)

I felt like i'd traveled hundred of years back in time! Like to 1001 nights or something!

There are even Bob Marley styled Babas :)
(Check out what he has in his hands...)

"Bob Marley Baba" helps "Cute Baba" fix his hair to be a Bob Marley Baba
and sweet baba is really proud and ask "picture picture!" and pose :)

This guys were having tantric sex or something through eye contact...

Still some time over to get pretty and the local hairdresser ;)


Sadhus walking for the holy bath

Holy bath

Of course such an adventure had to end with another adventure. The day after we were trying to get to Delhi. But we were not the only one.

After walking and walking and asking for buses to the capital a bus passed buy, without stopping, the driver screaming "Delhi Delhi Delhi Delhi Delhi!".

We had to jump up on the back of the bus, while it was moving, and climb up on the roof. So we were actually travelling on the roof of the bus for about 4h, watching the stars.

Until the bus broke down and we had to fit in an already full indian bus (I'm telling u that's crowded...) with ppl on the roof into another full indian bus, but without letting anybody travel on the top of the bus.

I'm telling u it was not a comfortable journey, but def memorable!

When we got to Delhi we could barely move our arms and legs, but the experience was SOOOO worth it :)


"Hindustan me, sab kuch milega"

In India everything is possible

And it's true...


Photos: my own.
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