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Fun times at Russian River

Last year Ignacio and I went wine tasting in Napa for the fist time. We stayed in Santa Rosa and Guerneville, loved the weather, tried a few nice wines, fell in love with one or two, had lunch in a ‘masia’ (a very authentic one, Catalan style!) and were absolutely delighted by such nice weather (in April). We also stopped at the Charles Schulz museum and got to know Snoopy a bit better.

This year, in June, I went back to Napa for a bachelorette party with some friends. And again, we had an amazing time. It may’ve been the wine, it may’ve been the weather. It may just be that life-is-good. At the last winery that we ended up, the guy kept pouring wine after the tasting, a lovely lady tried to make a swimsuit for one of us… and most of us dove in the swimming pool in our underwear.

It looks like I had had not enough Russian River, so a week after there I was again. The visit had not been planned, we just stopped at the Russian River Brewery to grab a bite with our new friends who we had met at the Digital Detox. Long story short, we spent two hours waiting for a lunch that, none of us realized, had not been ordered. Oh well, perks of a weekend without any notion of time. All I can say is that it was a very entertaining conversation. Fun times.

Last weekend, all of a sudden, I was back in Napa. I went canoeing for the first time. And I swam in the Russian River, also for the first time. Canoeing was fun, and we were lucky enough to witness a gorgeous sunset.

Sunset at the Russian River, by @jakej

Sunset at the Russian River, by @jakej

But I was also lucky to be part of an adventure with Kristine and Jake on our way back to San Francisco. My dad taught me it’s the small things that make us happy. And this was one of those moments, a ride back home with good friends, staring at the sun, enjoying the sound of the wind,…

I hope to be back soon, Russian River.

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Home…

I’ve always been a bit of a nomad person. During the 4 years I spent in Barcelona, I moved like 9 times or so: Putxet, Raval, Gràcia. In May it’s going to be 3 years since I moved to San Francisco (without actually knowing I was doing so), and during these 3 years I’ve lived in SOMA, Haight & Ashbury, Noe Valley, and Parkmerced, in a total of 10 different apartments. If this weren’t enough, I happened to marry a nomad person too, his moving stats certainly beat mine!

About two years ago, I became a bit obsessed with the idea of finding a place that I could finally call home. I came back ‘home’ (where my parents live and have always lived) and people would ask me: where do you live now? They meant “in which country”, not “what’s your address”, and I didn’t even had an answer to that. I tried not to think too much about it, but the truth is I felt kind of lost, as if I didn’t belong anywhere.

Today I’m leaving Barcelona after a month and a half of traveling between San Francisco, Barcelona and Amsterdam. Today I’m going home. Yesterday I spent two hours walking on the beach, and I felt this town, Calella, as my home. My home as in hometown, as in the place where I can always come back and feel safe. I don’t especially like or dislike this town apart from its beach (which I love!). But it doesn’t feel like home-home anymore. I feel comfortable acknowledging, maybe for the first time in my life, where I belong, why I like Calella and why San Francisco is my new home now.

Whenever I go back to Calella, I feel like I am a kid again. Or a teenager. Or both at the same time 🙂 I feel time is frozen and I remember when my first computer- a 386- was here, in this exact same desktop where my laptop is right now. I look around and see my swimming trophies, high school diplomas, even a letter from a friend which was written 15 or 16 years ago. Something in this room is weird, there’s no swimming bag, no high school books, no CDs, no bike, no friends … And there’s always this suitcase.

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After all these years searching for a place to call home, it’s somehow difficult to accept that I have a new home, but I do. I know I’m not going to last more than a year in our current apartment, but San Francisco is probably going to be home for a bit more. Or maybe not. But honestly, I don’t think about it that often (thanks Leti!). Because you know, the same way when you try to run away you can’t run away from who you are, and you always take ‘that bag’ with you, when you don’t (run away) but move around like I do, this same bag, full of good and bad things, full of you and your loved ones, always travels and settles with you.

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EMP Museum in Seattle, Part II: Nirvana, taking punk to the masses

There’s a big exhibition about Nirvana at the EMP Museum. Apparently, it changes quite often, so don’t assume that it is going to be the same when go there. I had no idea what I’ll find, and there’s a lot of stuff that would have been cool to see. There’s some puzzle pieces,  fun stories, interviews with people close to the band… Anyway, these are my highlights:

First songs recorded

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First contract Nirvana signed with Sub Pop

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BLEACH

Original picture taken for the cover of the album

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Design annotations

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And here’s the final result

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NEVERMIND

Notes on the cover for the album…

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If anyone has a problem with his dick we can remove it

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We can take out the pool floor just to make it blue water

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Sweater that Kurt Cobain wore during the ‘Smells like teen spirit’ video

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IN UTERO

Used for the cover of the album

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Guitar smashed by Kurt Cobain (one of many…)

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EMP Museum in Seattle, Part I: SciFi

There’s a museum that you don’t want to miss if you ever go to Seattle: The EMP Museum, which is all about music, science fiction and pop culture. I had no doubt I’d make the tour because they currently have an exhibition about Nirvana, but to our surprise, they  had a SciFi exhibition and a Video Games one, that were pretty entertaining too.

Another cool thing about this museum is the actual building, and specifically:

  • Its architect, Frank Gehry (also know by teh Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Dancing House in Prague, or the MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, amongst others)
  • The monorail, which goes through the museum.
  • I know I was lucky with the weather, but when the light gets reflected in the surface of the building it creates this beautiful effect on the stairs, in front of the same.

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The SciFi Exhibition

Here’s a collection of items that can be found at the EMP Museum SciFi exhibition. I have to admit that I am not that much a science fiction fan, but I was able to recognize some of the following:

An authentic alien

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Superman

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A laser sable handle

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An ax… that once belonged to Jack Nickolson

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Terminator

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And some Star Treck stuff

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Seattle, here we go!

They say Seattle is a beautiful city, and I am sure it is, but it is not the reason why I have always wanted to visit it.

I missed the era of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and all the others, I missed it because I wasn’t a teenager yet, and I first listened to ‘About a girl’ just a few months after Kurt Cobain died. I rapidly became addict to the sound of Nirvana, and discovered Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth, Alice in Chains, Temple of the Dog,…

And THIS is why I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle so badly, because it had- and I know it’s not they same, but they say it still has- an absolutely crazy and amazing musical scene.

Listening to Nirvana while writing this post, I remember when I asked my mother to knit a striped black and red sweater when I was sixteen. A sweater that I still wear today.

Anyway, here’s a few things I am planning to visit this weekend: The Sound Garden, Easy Street Music Records (West), Experience Music Project, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Black Dog Forge, Sub Pop Records HQ, Reciprocal Recording Studio, Crocodile Cafe, The Garage, and The Showbox.

And of course some non-music related places: Space needle, the locks, and the Chihuli Garden and Glass.

I am loading my phone with a few albums that I am going to listen as I wander through the city. I’m watching “Hype” tonight. And then, I will be ready for the adventure. Seattle, here we go!

And no, I won’t be going to Aberdeen, unfortunately there isn’t time for everything. Next time maybe.

Have I already said that I am so excited? Because I am.

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NBC Store at the Rockefeller Center in NYC

During our visit to New York City a couple of weeks ago, and as genuine tourists, we stopped by the NBC shop at the Rockefeller center. We spent like half an hour there, browsing t-shirts, mugs, hoodies,… you name it. We didn’t buy a thing, but here’s some fun pictures that I took:

The Big Lebowski

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Community

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The Office

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Psych

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Friends

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The Simpsons

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Paseando por Mission District

Esta mañana he salido con la cámara a hacer algunas  fotos por Mission (bueno, y también por Castro, porque me he perdido un poco, para variar). Concretamente, he estado entre la 16th y la 22nd, tanto en Valencia como en Mission.

Las paredes de Mission están llenas de murales y de cosas que llaman la atención. Algunos puntos de interés (no muchos, porque tengo mala memoria):

  • Mission Dolores, en Guerrero con la 17th
  • The Women’s Building, en Lapidge con la 19th
  • The “Vamos Gigantes” Mural (dedicado a los SF Giants)
  • Clarion Street, calle llena de murales

Y en general, vale la pena darse un paseo tranquilamente por Mission y Valencia, ambas están llenas de detalles para entretenerse durante horas y horas.

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