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De Vuelta Por Aca (I’m Back)

23 Sep collage

Hello again! It’s been a while since I last posted something here, and this hiatus has been in great part due to me becoming a mom of 2 beautiful girls. I’ve now made it a point to post as often as possible even if these might be shorter posts.

One of the reasons why I started this page was for me to exercise my English writing skills while I was living abroad and speaking little or no English at all (Italy and China), and this also happened during a time when “bloggers” all over the world were starting to share their views on fashion, tech, and other interesting and trending topics. I wanted to get on that train as well and be able to share my own experiences and thoughts on various and often very random things. I honestly never had a clear idea as to what I would be blogging about. I know that sounds very silly (hence the title of the blog) and contradictory to what a blog should be, but this was and continues to be the case. I know experienced bloggers might say that in order for a page to perform well and have legions of readers you should contribute/share something worthwhile and engaging, but honestly I just want to do it because I’d like to leave a trail of my random life experiences to which I can go back to in a few years from now that might make me cringe and laugh about when I read them out loud to my girls (if internet and this blog still exist by then!)

So, now you know what this page is about: randomness. In the meantime, I can truly say that I have lived a blessed life as you can judge from the picture here. I don’t have a fortune, nor have it all figured out in my life (actually I’m very far from that) but have all that I need to feel blessed and empowered to outperform myself each day both in my personal and professional life.

Thank you for reading – Bonito dia!

 

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Tapas on a Hot Shanghainese Night

28 May

Last Wednesday my husband and I were craving some serious Jamon Serrano (Spanish Ham) and Pinchos (a kind of tapas). We have some beautiful and fun memories from all our trips to Spain, but my favorite ones usually involve some kind of gastronomic action 😉

Jamon y queso

Well, since we were in Shanghai for a couple of days, we wanted to eat as much good food as our bodies could handle before coming back to Taizhou and resuming our rice and vegetables diet. It was a painful task but one that had to be done if we wanted to survive until our next visit to Shanghai 😉 The result 4 lbs. of extra baggage (not in the right places, as usual!) and a very happy tummy.

tortilla

There are several Spanish restaurants in Shanghai, but I’ve only been to a couple of them: El Willy and La Finca.

El Willy is more of an upscale tapas restaurant, although their website’s “feel” suggests differently (it’s a pretty cool website). It’s located on the Bund, and has a spectacular view of the skyscrapers in Pudong and the Huangpu river. The food is good, especially all the seafood dishes and their amazing black rice paella. The only tapa I didn’t enjoy much was their Patatas Bravas, for they had too much cream/mayo (not sure what it was). I prefer my Patatas Bravas very bravas ;). Overall, El Willy delivers delicious traditional dishes with a twist.

La Finca one the other hand, is a more simple restaurant, nothing too opulent. I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from this restaurant in Xintiandi, but their simple Tortilla Española and shrimps with garlic and spicy sauce were delicious. We also ordered some Jamon, but it wasn’t quite what we were expecting, for the meat was a bit tasteless. Their terrace is small but quite welcoming, especially during these hot Shanghai nights!

Camarones

taizhou

Have a great one!

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Madrid – Jardines de Sabatini

18 Jan

Madrid - Jardines de Sabatini

A few years ago I had the chance to travel to Madrid and I fell inlove with this city. I have promissed myself that I will return to Madrid someday. It’s a city that makes your eyes drool. It offers its visitors a variety of attractions, museums, parks, theaters, and delicious food and drinks, all to fulfill even the “pickiest” traveler.

I strongly suggest visiting Madrid’s most important museums: El Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza. We were in Madrid for a short period of time, so I only managed to visit Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza. El Prado is in my things to do for my next visit to the city 😉

Lovely San Sebastian (Spain)

25 Aug

These are a few photos from San Sebastian. I have to admit that before visiting this lovely city, I knew very little about San Sebastian and its history. People call it the Spanish Switzerland because everything is so perfect and clean. You can see different architectural designs in one square, from the  modern and minimalist apartments to the historical and antique buildings that represent the city and its history.

This city is considered to be the richest city in Spain. Wages are much higher than in any other part of the country, therefore the cost of living in this city is also high. Tapas bars, restaurants and hotels are somewhat expensive compared to other Spanish cities (Spain is going through a difficult economic period, so prices are usually very convenient, especially for tourists).

If you have the opportunity to visit San Sebastian you should try their “Jamon Serrano“, which is a Spanish ham that melts as soon as you put in your mouth and it’s so good. Also try the “Solomillo” which is a very juicy meat (you can have an entire portion or just a tapa). San Sebastian also offer great fish dishes (I ate a “Bonito” fish seasoned with garlic, vinegar, olive oil and parsley (mmmmmm.. so, good!). Don’t forget to taste their local wines (Rioja), which are also very good.

In the next days, I’ll upload my San Sebastian Food photos.

Thank you for reading my silly blog and hope you like the pictures 😉

Have a wonderful day!

Que tengan un día muy especial !

 

Formentera (Spain)

27 Jul

Hi everyone!

Here in Italy the weather has been acting strange. It’s usually really hot by this time of the year, but it’s raining today! So, I just wanted to upload a few photos from last year’s summer vacation.

Formentera has beautiful beaches. During August, Formentera gets really crowded, but if you can travel in late September, then you’ll actually have the entire island just for you. There’s only one main road that travels around the island, and it’s used by both locals and tourist to move around (that’s why I suggest going in late September).  We decided to rent some bikes to “explore” the island and the different beaches. The most beautiful ones are usually taken by nudists, so if this doesn’t bother you, then you can relax in one of the crystal clear beaches.

Formentera es muy bonita. One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen !

Hope you have a wonderful day !

Que tengan un muy lindo día !