La Chureca, Nicaragua

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pulled out my first tooth!

If you know first graders, you know that they are beginning to walk around with loose teeth that dangle in front of you and are ready to fall out (in fact are falling out).

Today I had the pleasure (well, at first a bit squeamish, grossed out, freaked out experience) to pull out little So.R's second baby tooth! She came up to me during lunch and said, "But Ms. Ver-un-neee-kahhhh..... It hurts!!!"

I take a look and see a tooth barely stuck to her gum protruding out of her mouth... and I say, "So.R, do you trust me to take out your tooth?"

"eeeeYessssss," she replies and looks at me,  with her blue eyes unsurely sure, chin tilted sheepishly up, and whole head presented to my teeth-pulling-power.

I grab a napkin, grab hold of her tooth, look her in the eye and say, "You ready? I'm counting to three and then I will take it out."

So.R nods yes.

I say, "One----Two---," I pull out the tooth, plop it in her hands, "Three. There you go dear."

So.R gasps at first, looks at her baby tooth, then smiles and runs to show her classmates eating lunch.

We go to the office and make a special packet with the tooth  inside. And I congratulate her--for losing her second tooth, and myself for pulling it out like my Dad always use to do when I was a kid.... Not as scary and gross as I thought (Thanks pops for being a good teacher and modeling it--totally ingrained in my memory).

Oh the simple accomplishments that seem so big... like some sort of right of passage :) Losing a tooth... right of passage... being the person to pull the tooth... right of passage :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

"The last enemy to be defeated shall be death..."
Copyright ©

What a night... 5 friends, short road trip to Koper, Slovenia and HARRY POTTER. What a night... Reliving my childhood and my favorite book series with the first part of the last movie installment. I'm in Harry world currently :)

I can't wait to see it again.

The Night:

  • Family sized pizza for five people: 

9 Euro total (sa-weet!)

  • Harry Potter Tickets (bought in advanced... we were the first... I was so worried it would be sold out!):

 5 euro each

  • Popcorn: ahh... small medium or large? what to choose? nobody wants to share with me!, then Liz B. says to me, "its a two and a half hour movie," "LARGE!," I exclaim, "and a bag of peanut M&Ms" (Nikki, I had the bag half eaten before the previews started, like a true Rivera Sister).... 4 euro.

  • Harry Potter, on the Big Screen, in Slovenia, IN ENGLISH, w/ hilarious Slovene Subtitles: PRICELESS


LovED IT! Nice job David Yates and cast... It was intense, beautiful, and appropriate both in mood and artistic expression. I felt pain, loss, comedic relief, scared... and all the emotions that JK pulled us through during the book :)


Watch the best trailer ever on their website!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mocktorialist/Trieste-orialist goes to: Granada, Paris, and Barcelona

 Ok, this time around I decided to take more pics of my friends, buildings, and art, then the interesting fashion on the streets...Let's face it...My friends are living and assimilating to the cultural styles in which they find themselves, so they constitute as the street fashion :)


take Robyn for example. The earth-tone almost knee high boots are all over Granada. I love earth tones... see her scarf in one of the next photos :)

 Notice, Carson and Robyn... both in earth-tone-Brown Knee boots... and in front of their apartment in Granada welcoming me in :) Ok... these ladies also knew how to sport killer scarves... I don't have a pic of it... but trust me-They both rocked them beautifully in the city which has a rich history--words like: Arab, Spaniards, Moors, Jews, Christians, Flamenco, Cobble-stone, Mosques, Alhambra, Churros, Café con Leche,  Siestas, Mountains, Desert...Desserts list goes on and on and on... anyways--many elements contribute to the style which I very much appreciated here.
and the beautiful Julia, and the Granada Girls friend Mary... first to take me to la Alhambra :)


The floating man had to make the lot of photos. Myself and the crowd could not figure out how he was holding himself up. And because all over Barcelona there were these very interesting street-statue-artists (i don't actually know their official name), I decided he can represent the fashion for the day I was in Barcelona :)

I join the rank of photos, Barcelona... Primarily because I wore my favorite comfortable traveling outfit. So I photographed it :)


Think Black. Think Heels. Think scarves, barets (how do you spell that?), fashionnnnnnnn. So again, I was all about everything I was seeing and my friends in the field of picture taking... so I posted pictures of us... wearing black... heels... and looking cute (yay Leslie--you are totally a Paris Girl--and your french is awesome!)
 The Last picture in this lot however, is of a model (I am almost positive she was) .... she was taller than her companion who himself was about 6 feet tall and wearing awesome black heels, the aladin type pants (but they had only a slight flare), and a nice Prada bag... she looked so put together and was casually shopping at a stand on the street :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Notes on Travel from the itouch

I already posted from my itouch the first day of travel... here's more to remember that I took note of  on my itouch the other days I was there ;)

*These are all travel notes... I will most definitely be synthesizing in a blog note later... I just don't want to lose the notes and know that I am likely to delete them off my itouch some time soon!

October 31st

Woke up and had some sweet corn french cereal provides by Leslie

Went to Eiffel tower had champagne and walked around! Went to this very cute local restaurant for lunch and had a Salade du chef! Huge and incredible

French phrases:
Je voudrais...I would like
Salade du chef- chef's salad

Then went the beautiful church on top of a hill that looks
Over the city! Beautiful! (Sacre-Caeur)

Did the tourist thing, bought a hat... Then bought an awesome pastry-a cream strawberry delight--had burnt sugar on the top and looked like tira mi su.


Back at apt, getting ready for nap :) and to be a spice girl  for Halloween

November 1st 2010

Went to Notre Dame in the morning
Had cafe au lait at a little cafe near Notre dame
Went to lourve for afternoon
Stopped at moulin rouge
Dinner at this awesome fondu place where we were served wine in  baby bottles
Had an awesome dessert truffle that was chocolate and ice cream
Walked up and around scare caeur to see the city at night and also the Eiffel tower sparkle

November 2nd:
We were going to go to Versailles but the girls have stuff to do without their apartment so alas it has be ruled out...its totally ok though--> that means i just have to come back soon! (Which I don't mind at all!)

This morning I went walking around like the Parisian phrase says: le flaneur"one who wanders the streets, one who strolls or loiters, usually without a destination in mind"
I bought a pain au chocolat
Walked over and saw the arc de triomphe
Passed lamburgini dealership and ducati and the French cars I see all the time in italy

Afternoon: musee d'orsay
Angelina's for hot chocolate :)
MC Solaar-French music artist (need to download asap)

November 3rd
I leave Paris!!! I have loved it so much thus far!! This is the best week of school I have ever had!!!
Woke up this morning at 6:50am (naturally and before my alarm!)
Showered, packed and left!
Leslie walked me to my bus, it was there I got on, and now I am here at the airport. Very smooth going through security and check in

Oh my god the nicest dressed guy was sitting behind me and he was beautiful and had a Louis vuiton bag!! Like duffel bag!! I couldn't stop staring so cute!!
I'm glad he walked away I was staring too much!

Ok at airport everything has gone smoothly so far I want to go to the bathroom to put on makeup that's quite a feat with all my stuff :)

I'm in Barcelona and it is sunny and gorgeous!!! I cannot believe I am here!!! There are palm trees everywhere! My bus drops me off right bear my hotel! Only problem is I don't think it runs when my early morning flight is going out!!! Eek! Must ask hotel desk people questions and help about that!!!

I'm on the aerobus!! So awesome!!! Eek it's so sunny and awesome!!! I'm freaking out!!! I love Spain!!!

One day in Barcelona:
-get shuttled to hotel to Check in!!! I arrive 12:40 pm at airport- expect to be checking in around and by 2pm

To see List for one day in Barcelona:

Sagrada Familia (check)
Museo de: Picasso (check)
Parco dr Guell-(dark outside and smelled pot so i turned around and went back into the metro!!!)
Catedral (check)
Walk las ramblas (check)

"Las meninas" (after Velasquez) by Picasso
Cannes,17 august 1957
Oil on canvas
Cried when I saw this--I love Picasso's work.

To draw you must close your eyes and sing.

- Pablo Picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
- Pablo Picasso

Went to sagrada familia! Gorgeous-there 20 minutes before they closed so missed out on going in... Plus there were. Tons of police and security setting up for the pope's visit on Sunday!!! Wow!! Cool huh!

Got off the metro stop for Parc de Guell  but it was dark and the first thing I inhaled was pot... I walked around the block and reentered-- i had enough of independent female and am ready for the safety of las ramblas!!! I mean for real...sketchy metro stop, wished I had gone earlier in the day... Just means I have to come back!!! I love barcelona!!!

Very interesting people on the metro...have had a few Helpers that I am very thankful for and I am also wishing guys would stop staring at me... I feel very uncomfortable with that but have continued my Paris blue steel--I walk with confidence as if the whole world does not even exist... And I also practiced in my head telling people off in Spanish... I was pretty BA in my head :)

Ok it's 5:22pm and already super duper dark!!! Ughh!! I'm going to get something To eat and go to hotel and go to bed!!! Low key evening is the goal!!! I need to rest!!

I am super pumped I did this!!

6:40pm- just sat down at micky's tapas bar and restaurant... I basically decided to sit down at whatever place welcomed me first and this place did... Sipping sangria... Mmmmm good

7:23pm ate my food.. It was filling- first meal since 7 am... Not as good as french or italian food, but let's face it the spanish give you everything else wonderful in life!

Ok timeout!! They charged me five euro for garlic bread!! I thought it came with meal!! Mad at the waitress but whatever....grrr....

Thursday November 4th
Woke up at 4:40am
Got dressed and left to arrive at bus...5:15 am (completed check out)

Got to bus at 5:27am and there was a full line!!! It was totally full by the time it got To me so I had to be the first person on the next bus... Leaving now... Not bad

5:40 am bus left
6:02am bus arrived at terminal 1
(I think that when I arrived yesterday it was at terminal 2)

Arrived at my terminal after quick security stint--6:25 am- I am pretty much the last gate in the line of Bs

Happy... rested... and excited for GRANADA!--Can't wait to give Carson, Julia, and Robyn HUGE hugs... also excited for worship, see La Alhambra, and what Raices is like and their ministry :)

Arrive Granada: 8:30 am

Carson and Robyn pick me up at bus stop... drop off everything in apartment and go around city with Carson and Robyn :)


Friday November 5th

Granada: trying to get inside la Alhambra (Robyn told  me that a lot of times you need reservations and so I am figuring out how to get in without one this morning)

Left- 6:50 am
Arrived: 7:24 am
Last in line for about four minutes

Got lost on the way to la alhambra!! Got lost in the la Alhambra area too!! Walked straight up the hill and to a hotel!!! I probably would have arrived five or ten minutes earlier ! Ok lord it's your way and your timing :) please let me in!!! I am so hot and sweaty mow!! I was power walking everywhere!!

Got in 8:30am... Wandered the palace and area until 12 noon and it did not feel like that much time at all

Amazing... I stopped to sketch and journal... The place is so magical

Saturday November 6th:
fly home!

got to airport early... so left getting ready for airport... haha... did some make-up in the bathroom and then listened to harry potter in Español the rest of the day... LOVE it... SAD to leave though...

Paris, Barcelona, and Granada Favorites...Preview

Alas--the week of travel is over. And boy was it wonderful. I cannot cannot CANNOT believe I just did that... and how wonderful it was... it was like a dream... but when I pinched myself it was real and I was awake and actually doing the things I was doing.

Before I make a  long post about everything... I decided to put three favorite pictures up (i gave them names too):

1. "Sojourner's Trusty Backpack"
This made it to one of my three favorites because for all of you out there who know me... you know that I am the queen of overpacking (ahem, I was thinking of you, Liz Martin Wood, my comadre and other queen in this fate of always bringing too much)... 
For one week away from home... I only brought this ONE bookbag! (and I wore the three jackets/coats I wanted for the week on me when at airports)... but for real! I made it with one backpack! I am totes a Euro-Traveler now!! 

2. "Paris Life"

Paris was a truly incredible city. When looking over my pictures though... this cafe at night just completely stuck out to me. I snapped this when we were coming down the hilly area of sacré-caeur de Montmartre (Basilica of the Sacred Heart). I mean this epitomized Paris. People conversing at cafés at day or night. Wandering... strolling... enjoying company the fresh air... and life... It was awesome!

3. "Framed in Stone"

This is my favorite of all the pictures and places and scenes... This is Granada from the view of the second floor of el torre de vela (watchtower). I stood before this window for a long time wondering how it could look so much  like a painting and work of art on a wall and not a window... It was awesome...

During my week...I took lots of notes on my itouch... I think I will be posting them along with my other fotos of favorites--I need to start organizing it all :)