Friday, September 19, 2014
"Callao"
We don’t have Times Square, but in Madrid we have Callao which is kind of the same thing. Or maybe not. 
Thou shall not compare.
(Madrid, Spain, 2014)

"Callao"

We don’t have Times Square, but in Madrid we have Callao which is kind of the same thing. Or maybe not. 

Thou shall not compare.

(Madrid, Spain, 2014)

"Homecoming"
It’s been a while. I forgot to tell you that I did make it back to Spain albeit for a short period of time. 17 days to be exact. I went not in July as I intended, but in August and in the middle what is known as the Madrid Diaspora.
I arrived to an empty city. Nevertheless, it was nice to see everything and everyone again and to learn that not much has changed. Despite a number of friends leaving it still feels like home. I don’t think the transience of people in the city will ever change that. 
On a side note, I was quite happy to see the Tio Pepe back at Puerta del Sol. It belongs there.
(Madrid, Spain, 2014)

"Homecoming"

It’s been a while. I forgot to tell you that I did make it back to Spain albeit for a short period of time. 17 days to be exact. I went not in July as I intended, but in August and in the middle what is known as the Madrid Diaspora.

I arrived to an empty city. Nevertheless, it was nice to see everything and everyone again and to learn that not much has changed. Despite a number of friends leaving it still feels like home. I don’t think the transience of people in the city will ever change that. 

On a side note, I was quite happy to see the Tio Pepe back at Puerta del Sol. It belongs there.

(Madrid, Spain, 2014)

Friday, June 13, 2014
"Bikes"
Someone once told me that there are more bikes that people in Amsterdam. I asked a Dutch friend if it were true, she said it wouldn’t surprise her.
(Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2013)

"Bikes"

Someone once told me that there are more bikes that people in Amsterdam. I asked a Dutch friend if it were true, she said it wouldn’t surprise her.

(Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2013)

Saturday, February 22, 2014 Sunday, December 29, 2013
"Huis"
Grachtenpand is the Dutch word for houses that overlook the canal. The canal houses are essential to the city’s heritage and give a good glimpse of the Dutch Golden Age. The canal houses once served as homes for the wealthy but most have now been converted to offices, museums, hotels and shops.
(Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2013)

"Huis"

Grachtenpand is the Dutch word for houses that overlook the canal. The canal houses are essential to the city’s heritage and give a good glimpse of the Dutch Golden Age. The canal houses once served as homes for the wealthy but most have now been converted to offices, museums, hotels and shops.

(Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2013)

Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
"Maligayang Pasko"
Maligayang Pasko - that would be, Merry Christmas in my very own language.I wish to send my greetings to followers and passersby from all corners of the world before the day gets too hectic. 
So, Merry Christmas - eat, drink and be merry. I hope you all get nice presents!
(Manila, Philippines, 2013)

"Maligayang Pasko"

Maligayang Pasko - that would be, Merry Christmas in my very own language.I wish to send my greetings to followers and passersby from all corners of the world before the day gets too hectic. 

So, Merry Christmas - eat, drink and be merry. I hope you all get nice presents!

(Manila, Philippines, 2013)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Saturday, November 2, 2013
"Cabra"
Cabra is Spanish for the word goat. 
A couple of months ago “Eres madrileño si (You are a Madrileño if)…” was trending on Twitter. It completely cracked me up when I saw one tweet referencing the cabra in the Plaza Mayor. You are a Madrileño if you know exactly what I’m talking about without having to look at the photo. Anyway, the tweet goes…
#EresMadrileñoSi te dan ganas de pegarle a esta cabra porque te ha asustado más de una vez.
It says, “you are a Madrileño, if you feel like hitting the goat in the Plaza Mayor for scaring you more than once.” No one really hit the goat, and I don’t think anyone intends to. It’s just that no one really understood what it does, it just stood there and made clacking sounds. However, it does have a tendency to creep up on people.
I heard recently that the cabra is one of the street’s top earners. The kids seem to love it and it seems to attract a lot of attention. Also, I must admit, the plaza mayor seems empty when this little one is not around.
PS: Damn, I miss Madrid.
(Madrid, Spain, 2013)

"Cabra"

Cabra is Spanish for the word goat. 

A couple of months ago “Eres madrileño si (You are a Madrileño if)…” was trending on Twitter. It completely cracked me up when I saw one tweet referencing the cabra in the Plaza Mayor. You are a Madrileño if you know exactly what I’m talking about without having to look at the photo. Anyway, the tweet goes…

#EresMadrileñoSi te dan ganas de pegarle a esta cabra porque te ha asustado más de una vez.

It says, “you are a Madrileño, if you feel like hitting the goat in the Plaza Mayor for scaring you more than once.” No one really hit the goat, and I don’t think anyone intends to. It’s just that no one really understood what it does, it just stood there and made clacking sounds. However, it does have a tendency to creep up on people.

I heard recently that the cabra is one of the street’s top earners. The kids seem to love it and it seems to attract a lot of attention. Also, I must admit, the plaza mayor seems empty when this little one is not around.

PS: Damn, I miss Madrid.

(Madrid, Spain, 2013)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

make-it-happen-elena said: Hi Aby! I'm Elena and came across your tumblr page! I enjoyed it alot. Are you still in Spain? I'm thinking of studying spanish there next year! Hope to hear from you soon!

Hi Elena,

I’m sorry I haven’t replied to this sooner, work has been quite busy. I’m back in Manila, and have been back since May. 

I see you are thinking about studying in Spain, I say you should go do it, it will be worth it. 

Aby