28.7.14

Frigiliana : The White Village 「スペインの白い村」

Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain

Despite being Spanish, I was never one of those who claim nowhere like Spain rather much the opposite. But hey, I'm just bored of Polynesian pictures in Pinterest because really, why should you dream with a far-fetched paradise when you can actually have a dream vacation in a much more convenient, versatile and cheaper location (with a 1000 times better quality/price ratio). Turquoise waters? Go snorkel naked in Formentera. White villages? Take a tour around Axarquía, the region around Malaga that has them all.


Seriously. We (Spanish) need to get better at appreciating our own wonders - as much as Brits & Scandis do. But you, as foreigner, gotta come here. Break away from the beaten beach track and get ready... Cause you're gonna fly back thinking about getting a property, to retire after growing old (^*^) hope you enjoy or pics as much as we did our walk around Frigiliana, a pretty little cute village less than 1 hour away from Malaga.


Incluso yo, que nunca fui de los que piensan que como en España en ningún sitio reconozco que ni yo, ni la mayoría de mis compatriotas, resaltamos por nuestra capacidad de apreciar lo nuestro. Los pinterest se llenan con fotos de Santorini, mientras nadie se para a pensar en las maravillas que ofrecen tanto Formentera como Málaga, en lo que a mar turquesa y pueblos blancos se refiere.

Una clase de kite-surf cancelada por el Terral, nos brinda la oportunidad de pasear por las calles de Frigiliana - demostrando que 40' de carretera son a menudo suficiente, para trasladarte a un paraíso paralelo. Terrazas donde cenar o tomar algo con vistas, artesanía Andaluza - con piezas verdaderamente interesantes, platos en azul añil y cielo, capaces de dar un giro interesante a la cocina más minimalista - y calles blancas, llenas de magia.

No te lo pierdas.

Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain
Frigiliana white villages Axarquia Malaga Spain

27.7.14

Cosmetic Travel

cosmetics from all over the world

I am totally fascinated by the word cosmetic and its not-so-common uses -  learnt from a Kiwi colleague.

cos•met•ic /kɑzˈmɛtɪk/
n. [countable]
cosmetics, [plural] measures taken to make something seem better but without being better:
Hiring a few minority employees was just cosmetics to stave off criticism.

adj.
done to improve the appearance of something without improving it:
made a few cosmetic attempts to hire more people from minorities.


Cosmetics are not as cosmetic as it seems. They have the power to make me travel back in time and space, to wonderful vacations. Something quite useful, during stressful times or summers without long getaways - like this one is meant to be.

Sunday advice, for those of you currently packing and getting ready is to get some products at your destination (instead of the DUTY FREE). They'll make up for the perfect memory, later on.

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25.7.14

La Trinidad 「マラガ」

loewe blue sunglasses - loewe SLW 855

loewe citron bag

Hogar de El Cautivo, La Trinidad es un barrio cañí, donde los haya. Me encanta. 
Siempre pienso en lo auténtico que es, cuando vamos a por el coche cada mañana. 

Vírgenes plamadas en baldosas, colores vivos y gorrilas. Un must por el que dar una vuelta, si pasáis de camino a la playa y de verdad, os hace gracia el lado más clásico de Málaga. Tiene muchas photo-op como podéis ver.

Con esos colores, es difícil salir mal. Hablando de colores... El otro día, un compañero se trajo a su hija a la oficina. Que me obsequió, con un lacasito amarillo. Preocupantemente a juego, con mi bolso y mi cuaderno. Será el subconsciente tratando de descubrirme un oculto color favorito?

Sigo soñando en azul y blanco, paseando por la playa y arrugando mucho los ojos... Trabajando mucho y planeando vacaciones en Diciembre. Quizás por ello, haya sucumbido a las gafas del verano en su versión híbrida con las monturas que llevo graduadas. Bastante más favorecedoras de lo que parecía, espero llevarlas en invierno - que no son tan claras, ni tan marcadas.

Hay un misterio que me quita el sueño. Quién las inventó? De donde vienen? Es un fenómeno extraterrestre? Extranjero o local, choni o millonario, son el denominador común. TODOS IGUAL. Porqué no tendré yo una business idea con tanto éxito, con la que jubilarme y vivir de viajar...  

New slightlyBlue sunnies and relatively new bag - Loewe
Everything else - ZARA
Sandals - Bimba y Lola

23.7.14

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Me quería llevar de paseo romántico por la ribera del Támesis. Propósito más que frustrado, por las mareas de turistas que atestaban las orillas, pero no por ello desaprovechamos la tarde. 

De hecho, en Southbank Centre siempre hay algo que hacer. Creado en 1951, es un centro de artes y eventos en un entorno muy interesante. Con ese toque industrial de edificios con ladrillos y cielos grises, que sólo abundan tantísimo Londres, es el marco perfecto para un mercadillo, un concierto o una obra de teatro al aire libre. En la web podéis encontrar más información acerca de los eventos que hay a diario siendo el Festival del Amor, el evento de este verano.

Southbank Centre

Good food in the Farmers' market.

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Kisses for everyone!!

Southbank Centre

Those bricks, OMG.

Southbank Centre

Creo que me gusta tanto, porque de alguna forma recuerda a la zona norte de mi querido Södermalm, en Estocolmo.

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

El día, terminó gris.
Pero tuvimos la suerte de no ser pasados por agua hasta las 5AM de camino a casa.

Southbank Centre

Sobre un puente, que a ambos nos recordaba al Västerbron y a los buenos momentos que siguieron a nuestra boda. Dani, Calle y Vero, se quedaron una semana más. Casi hasta el final, hasta verme embarcar, con lágrimas en los ojos y la inseguridad que te consume, ante un cambio tan radical.

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Domine dirige nos - yes, we all need some guidance.
But it often comes from our besties, rather than high up above, don't you think?

22.7.14

Byakko, no longer a baby.

cute bengal cat

cute bengal cat

cute bengal cat

cute bengal cat

Byakko sigue con nosotros, más grande cada día y de alguna forma, más asentado. Pese al stress continuo de vivir en Plaza Mitjana, el stress de mudarlo a un piso nuevo, el stress de tener visitas durante casi un mes, de fines de semana solo, de vacunas y cambios a cajitas futuristas veo que cada día está mejor, más hecho a nosotros y a la soledad que implica nuestra jornada laboral.

Aunque a veces la líe un poco (e.g. manchando unos pantalones blancos que estaban a punto de ser recogidos del tendedor o haciendo pose de pipí junto a mis pies) el tenerlo correteando de alegría al meter la llave en la cerradura, los lametazos antes de quedarse dormido y los ronros al despertar, terminan por compensar. Hasta cuidó de Enrique, que andaba destrozado cuando fuimos eliminados del Mundial. En el fondo y en la forma, es un gatito genial.

21.7.14

SoHo Walk

soho walk

After lunch, Dani took me around the tourist spots in London. Briefly but gracefully, we did it whole.

soho walk

soho walk

soho walk

soho walk

Cocks and Big Ben, good times, together in the sunshine.

soho walk

soho walk

20.7.14

Kua Aina: Hawaiian in London.

kua aina london

Hoy que es Domingo, os dejamos con unas ideas para vuestro brunch resacoso. 
O una recomendación futura de un sitio donde descansar los pies tras un shopping spree en Oxford St.

kua aina london

Ahi Tuna salad.

kua aina london

Dani's sunnies.

kua aina london
Avocado burger.

Hangover Sundays call for a yummy brunch, so here's one tip: Put some avocado on it!

When we were in Tokyo, Kua Aina was a classic spot for everyday lunches, thanks to the mall near our office in Yokohama. This was a weekend classic too, avocado-infused burgers being a good hangover cure. They seemed new to most of us but, have actually been around for a long long time.

Kua 'Aina translates literally as back country but is typically used to describe an awkward person from the country. Being this an awesome thing for native Hawaiians, as it represents those who actively lived their traditional culture and kept the spirit of the land alive.

Kua ’Aina was opened in Hawaii’s North Shore (Oahu) in 1975. One of President Obama’s favourites when he drops by home state. These days, you can find a super-crowded one in Honolulu and many branches around Tokyo. See? How ironic is that. 2 in Hawaii - 17 in Tokyo. 

Kua'Aina core differentiator is probably the use of avocado in their burgers. Japanese go crazy about all things Hawaiian, as it reminds them of their best vacations ever OR of the trip they are still dreaming with... Dreams aside, for a nearly-vegan like me, Kua'Aina is also appealing. Avocado beats cheese, it's creamier, healthier and yummier - but hey, you can also have a cheese slice if you love it...

If you don't eat meat, there are super nice salads that remind of Hawaii too. Ahi Tuna, Mahi Mahi, you should try them!! Take-away also available for you to carry these and eat on the sun of the ultra-hip Soho Park.

We recommend:
1. Sweet Potato Fries (the frier was broken that day, but these are the yummiest fries you can ever have - hard to find anywhere else, actually I miss getting these at the market since I left Tokyo)
2. Avocado Burger (what made this place so famous)
3. Ahi Tuna Salad (order extra avocado and enjoy - cooked just as in Hawaii, slightly rare super juicy)


Kua 'Aina [WEB] [MENU]
26 Foubert's Pl
London, UK W1F 7PP
United Kingdom



PS: For businesses entering Japan, this obsession factor is what makes the Japanese consumer market so valuable (assuming that you're ready to cope with an exponentially growing and potentially changing demand) Millions of people, with money to spend, easily obsessed with things. iPhone tool 40% of the UE market. This phenomenon, is everywhere. Even with home perfumes. How many of you knew of Dr.Vranjes? Well it happens to be cult in Japan (they even had a flagship near home, in Daikanyama) but hardly known outside.