Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
when sarah asked me to email her my favorite photo for a series on her blog, i didn’t know what to choose.
then my mom randomly emailed me this photo of my dad and i knew. the story behind why i love it can be read here.
so, to my dad: happy father’s day! please note that your gift (along with your belated birthday present) will be arriving within the next 7 days…sorry about the delay…blame it on the time zone difference?
Friday, June 17, 2011
when caroline and i lived in salzburg and spent so much time with the spanish boys, we noticed our english-speaking abilities took a turn for the worse; a very big, very bad turn for the worse.
you see, the boys speak english and speak it well (relatively speaking), but…
well, anyone who speaks spanish should be familiar with the articles, “la, el” and “un(o), una”. these articles translate, in a literal sense, to “the, the” and “one, one” respectively. there is no direct translation for the article “a” and the boys, therefore, have never really mastered use of the article “a”.
as a result of this, they say things like, “you are looking like one princess!” or, “we can eat one meal and then make one siesta” (oh, and in their version of the english, the verb ‘make’ can be interchanged with a surprisingly wide variety of other verbs).
caroline and i, during our most recent trip to spain, noticed that we had, once again, begun to sound nothing at all like native english speakers.
i was editing a video on my computer and caroline wanted a preview before i had applied the finishing touches. i denied her request by saying, “no, i am making one suspense” to which she replied, “that is one annoying. you are one make me mad”.
after these fragmented sentences -- which we’d spoken so naturally – had fully registered with us, we looked at each other, horrified, and said, “oh, no… it’s happening again”.
what’s funny is that, while this strange ‘spanish boy language’ may sound like nonsense to an outsider, the boys totally ‘got’ it.
during our hike, for instance, caroline and i noticed a cute boy sitting on a ledge outside the alhambra. i commented to caroline, “i see one well-dressed individual!” and she added, “i see one ‘like’ ”. sergio, having overheard us, turned around and said, “okay, okay, give me your camera, i’ll take a photo of you and the boy”.
^^ caroline, me, and one ‘like’ ^^
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
we walked a total of 18.90726354 miles this day.
and yes, that is an exact calculation.
and as i mentioned in the previous post, there were a lot of stairs involved.
posing for photos like this (see below) helped fight the fatigue.
needless to say, after what felt like covering the entire city of granada on foot, i slept very well that night.