Good Saturday morning! :) Wow, it's been SO hot these last few days because of calima, you cannot imagine (unless you live in the south of Tenerife or any other Canary island, of course, - then you know what I'm talking about!)), it's only today that I can see this nasty sand storm from Sahara is finally going away!..
Edu's in Madrid this weekend and I had jobs to do hence couldn't come along.., so now I'm finally free and happy to blog a little :) These photos were taken when Edu's family was visiting a couple of days ago, and one of those days we went up to Tahodio valley for hiking, with Edu and his brother Nacho (he's a fantastic photographer btw, check out his works here: https://nachoacaso.com/ ).
We woke up super early and went up with Edu's car, then hiked to this point with amazing views over Santa Cruz, and the sun was just going up, so all was lit in a nice, warm color with a bit of a haze. Thank G-d we had coffee with us, otherwise would've been much more blurriness in the pics :)))
Then we decided to keep on going up following the sun, and went into Tahodio village overlooking the lake, valley of Tahodio and Anaga park. That was so beautiful!..
Hello guys! Monday's here, we're busy planning the week and our trip ahead, and meantime as promised, here're some pics from our walk yesterday around Los Campitos in Santa Cruz where we live now! It's the highest point of the city, so you can imagine the views are spectacular, and we're surrounded by the mountains connected with the green (and quite cold in winter time!!)) Anaga natural reserve.
The area where we started our walk has some sport activities including football field and tennis court (which is inside you, according to above! hehe), and it's overall super easy to walk. You won't need any special equipment or guidance except, maybe, some comfy shoes (I only had my fav Salomon trainers for trekking / running trails and nothing else special clothes or equipment wise..).
When we started, it was more or less sunny and warm, but within minutes it's changed to clouds, and by the time when we were leaving, it was drizzling rain. Unbelievable weather here.
Exploring the hidden parts of the mountains. We wanted to check that tunnel but in the end decided that we were fiiiiine, lol, - maybe we'll come back another day, when it's long enough before sunset!! :)
Just added Seville to Travels / Destinations! Go have a look if you like the place or wanna see some pics of it ;) We just came back from a nice little walk around the house, up the hills and small mountains, with fantastic views, taking photos, - and back! Tomorrow will try to edit and post here. Felt very nice and breezy, plus we've witnessed the sunset with pinky-blueish-purple skies, dramatic clouds and a bit of rain - all possible weather changes (except only snow perhaps)) including some heat, and just within an hour =) Now light salad for dinner, wine and a nice movie - perfect Sunday evening... Love and hugs to you all <3
The third and the last - for now - part of the Moscow trip this August. This is more about my family. I miss them so much... hope they'll come visit to Tenerife some time soon! <3
One of the mornings we went with my brother to Novokuznetskaya metro station to try 'One of the best coffees I've ever had' as per his own words (I still can't get used to the thought he's so grown up that he can drink coffee already, lol!!). The cafeteria was called 'Bonjour cafe' or something like that (Pyatnitskiy pereulok, 8, next to Medea Hotel and a flower shop) and had indeed a nice selection of coffees and sweets! It also has a free Wi-Fi which doesn't require Russian mobile number (in my case was just perfect and sought-after as I don't have one).
After coffees we picked up our mum and decided to visit Kolomenskoe museum-park (link to Wiki here), - a place that associates with childhood, happy times and friendship for me. We used to go there with friends & classmates to have great laughs, relax and - at that time - to smoke a cig and drink a beer without anyone watching you, hehe..))
This time the place looked much more crowded than back then.
The place I used to remember as 'our spot' was occupied.., so we've found another - better one! - to have a small cozy picnic with mum & bro.
While my brother was reading a book, I was busy demolishing 'pirozhki' (a Russian version of pies or patties, but with no meat inside), carefully cooked by my mum and that tasted like HEAVEN... =)
My beautiful mum <3 . She loves yoga and tries to do it everywhere possible bless her!
My brother doesn't like being photographed... ;)
...which we have absolutely nothing against with my mum, lol
Time flew by.. The tranquil feeling of happiness and calmness was something I'd always remember when leaving that place, whether it was back in school / university days, or this time in August.
Beautiful, old buildings from 16th century - typical Russian churches & cathedrals. Some are still operating. I'm not religious but I was happy to see it's still 'alive' and well taken care of.
Then there was Gorkiy Park where I rollerbladed and fell quite badly on my coccyx; then was yoga where I defo shouldn't have attended to due to the bad fall onto the coccyx but still went to (an spent the whole next day in bed not being able to walk, lol))); it was this beautiful sunset over the Moscow river; and many more precious moments to remember or to laugh about.
Great trip, best company, fantastic flying experience with Aeroflot airlines, and I just couldn't be happier to recognize my home city from a completely different, new point of view. Now it's time to bring Edu, - my Tenerife part of the family, - to Moscow and to show him the best sides of it!
See you soon and hope you're having a fantastic weekend guys x
Hey everyone!!! We're back from a crazy 5-day vacation in Santa Pola and just said Good-bye to Edu's family that was visiting Tenerife for a week, so now back to routine and work... We're missing the little ones (and all the rest!) a lot, suddenly the house feels super empty and quiet..., but at least the cats are happy & not hiding from the little boys as they always wanted to chase poor cats to show them some 'love', hehe)))
Now we're getting ready for another adventure (FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT IT!!!), meantime here's another part of my Moscow trip in August. Some moments in Sokolniki park (map):
Every time I am browsing through these images, my heart sinks a little and I feel that I miss the place and my family so, SO MUCH. I'm hoping that my brother will visit us in January, while we're also planning on going to Moscow for a few days some time either December or May when it's the best, - events & beauty wise.
Running barefoot chasing butterflies... felt like I was a child again <3
We've had about half-day walking in that beautiful park, talking about everything (and everyone lol)), having coffees, buying souvenirs, almost getting a stray cat for my mum & bro, - and lotsa more things that I can't even remember but that were substantial in that particular moment of the day...
Then we went down to the subway and were on the way home... Part 3 is next up!! There will be some more of my family and myself, but - sorry! - same amount of nature and greens as we don't have it a lot in Tenerife, so I kept the camera working all the time :) Now it's so nice to go through all of them again as those captured moments mean the world to me <3
Hope you're having a great week and see ya'll soon !!! X
Hello guys! I just came back from Moscow after 7 (!!!) years, and that was.. just great. The city has changed so much (I guess thanks to the WorldCap), the streets and parks were so clean, people become more friendly and even the weather was fantastic! What was initially a quite spontaneous decision, came out one of the best things I've done recently - both for me and for my beloved family.
The trees became taller)); my small brother became bigger than me; my mom didn't change at all :) and I felt totally over the moon to be able to hug them again and walk the places where I grew up...
This is the building where I studied theatre and painting for example. Sadly, since it's the state building, there's 'no money' to take care of it, if you know what I mean. It was pity to see it being destroyed by the hands-of-time..
Little streets between Paveletskaya and Novokuznetskaya are my favorite, with lots of memories and stories from the previous life.. Will always feel very fond of them <3
Was happy to see old buildings are still there and haven't been completely replaced with the new ones, full of glass & concrete and without a character. These old 'monuments' are the real heart of Moscow centre, imo.
Paveletskaya metro station / Novokuznetskaya street
Moving up to Pyatnitskaya street...
After a long walk we had coffee's at cafeteria 'Double B' (the one on Tatarskaya street)
In all honesty I think it was rather a misunderstanding but we didn't like the service there. The coffees were good though, which is most important :) But keep in mind that they charge if you want to choose soya milk, and they don't have milk without lactose nor brown sugar. Also, they confuse the sizes of the cups. Not a biggie but it felt a bit strange..
After coffees we decided to check out the Sokolniki park as it held an Indian fest (Russia and India are friends lately ;). We took subway in order to get there.
Between Paveletskaya, Novokuznetskaya and Tretyakovskaya metro stations
Moscow subway is one of the deepest in the world, and most popular (each day around 3 mio people using it, can you imagine!?)
And we are in Sokolniki park :)
Mum checking the map and market' stalls; group of Indians taking photos durung the Indian fest :)
Then we just kept walking, talking, laughing, taking photos of everything and of each other, resting on benches and overall enjoying the day. It felt so good and happy I remember.. :)
Obviously the more coffee the better (there's no such thing as 'Too Much Coffee' in my whole life haha!). It gives me motivation and kick in the
ass brain to get up and start the day; it gives me inspiration, make me working more efficient, - and how nice it is just to 'Have a coffee break' in general, no matter what time of the day it is? ;)
That's it for now! Edu and I are already packing for the next trip, so you can check Instagram for updates if you wanna see where we're headed to (@miaphotoscom or @miathemia - this is a personal one, sorry I only add friends&family in there!). Next - Moscow trip part 2 and some of the trip we're going to shortly! And soon after I'll reveal something ABSOLUTELY fantastic that we are planning now and kinda keeping as a secret!!! We are both freaking out already and cannot believe it, - so stay tuned not to miss it ;) Hugs to you all xxx