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Santiago/Valparaiso, Chile 2017

I was in Chile April 18-20, 2017, Tuesday-Thursday. A quick trip with the brother. The city of Santiago is quite easy to navigate, from the airport we took the green Turibus which takes us to the first metro stop, “Pajaritos”. We did what we always do, walk around, get lost, take pictures.

We had some bad luck on Wednesday because it was a national holiday called “Dia del Censo”. Census!!!! Someone said it happens every five years. Well, we found out about this when we were in the beautiful port town of Valparaiso. Valparaiso is known for its street art all over the city, its bohemian lifestyle and history with famous poet Pablo Neruda. When we arrived to Valparaiso on Census day, it felt surreal, every business was closed and there was very few people out walking the streets. It felt like a zombie apocalypse. We later found out about the holiday. We got lucky to find one small corner store selling the last sandwich, we bought it along with some water to survive the day.

What a view this is, we walked upward towards a church in Valparaiso.

This area was a display of street art. Also, many hostels.

View from the same area up high by the church. Across sits a cemetery. Photo credit goes to brother on this one.

This is a school.

These were the books in the hotel room. Interesting. I had no time to read. Photo taken with phone.

Alternate universe girlfriend left me a message of love in Spanish.

This was around the time when we found out that every business was closed because of National holiday Census day. The streets were ours.

This was in Santiago. I had a bad photo shooting day, I had the settings on my camera all wrong. Too much brightness but I liked how this one came out.

Translated to: “In the society of consumers, you are only a number.” Photo in Valparaiso, Chile.

In Santiago. Too much brightness again, plus the sun was shining right on this. I still like it.

This was calling me to take the picture. I heard it talk to me. In Valparaiso, walking towards the church area, we were still in low level and not up high. Taken with Snapchat app.

In Santiago, after walking all day, with right foot pains, we stumbled on to this. Taken with Snapchat App.

This little store was a day saver in Valparaiso. Everything was closed and here we found the last sandwich and we bought some chips and water for the rest of the day before we headed back to Santiago on the bus, a two hour ride.

YEAH. We had the wrong plug. I had the Euro plug for France and not this one. This one is a little bit smaller. We had to buy it at the electronic store. That was an adventure in that store.

This is a little plaza area just before we began walking upwards to the church area.

Photo outside of the hotel we stayed at in Santiago, Chile by the Universidad de Chile subway station. Hotel Vegas.

Bonus:

Since I was in the land of Pablo Neruda I took the moment at the bus station to write a poem, or my version of a poem while we waited for the bus. Typed on Notepad app.

Green Umbrella
un viejo pajaro en pajaritos
girl in pink jacket riding pink bicycle
right foot pains brings the rain
santiago white skies
when i’m old and gray i’ll say
somewhere along the way
i began to drink my water carbonated
everybody eats hot dogs here
and they’re all the same
the hot dogs
that is
no trumpets allowed

Mexico City Trip 2017

Hello friends. Another quick get away, this time to Mexico City and a quick stop at other towns. This trip was mostly about reconnecting with family. The trip took between Thursday 16.02.2017-Friday 24.02.2017. And I took my mother with me.

Arriving at Mexico City brought back familiar memories of rowdy streets filled with crowds of people, cars honking with the (ching* a tu madre tone). Some things don’t change and it’s what makes Mexico unique with its mágico pueblos and firey people. I even recorded a street fight between 2 middle aged ladies but what happens in snapchat stays in snapchat for 24 hours.

During my one week stay I ended up in a couple of day trips that included, Teotihuacan, Puebla, Tula and Real del Monte. I even got one molar tooth fixed because the dentist is hella expensivo in USA. I visited a couple of ruins which my cousins and uncles/aunts were kind enough to take me. Even 80 something grandpa tagged along to see the Tula ruins. (Even though he’s seen them before)

It was an honor to see my grandparents again, I have learned to appreciate the long line of family that it takes to make it this far into the present moment, from our past anscestors hung up on the walls in black and white photographs, to us. Nothing is perfect, specially family trees. And here we are alive and breathing. But will our online life last longer? Who knows. Here’s some photographs.

One of the first days in Mexico City, Tlalnepantla to be exact. Picture taken from a Pedestrian bridge crosswalk.

A lot of people don’t like the establishment and they do stuff like this.

“No estacionarse” translates to “Don’t park”.

Doors and red color for viewing pleasure.

I took a snapchat picture of this and then after continuing walking I had to come back and shoot this with the DSLR. Abandoned shoes? Can’t tell if they are abandoned or on display.

 

That day was “National day of Combis” in Mexico. All kinds of Combis.

Here’s one of my favorites.

Yes, even on the way to the top of Pyramid of the sun in Teotihuacan, you can catch a trash can tattoed full of stickers.

Teotihuacan, from the pyramid of the moon. In the distance, on the left hand side is the pyramid of the sun where the sticker trash can can be found.

One day trip in Puebla was a little bit too fast but I got to shoot this catheral. Two hour drive was tiring but worth it for the Cemita.

From Tula’s ruins.

Los Atlantes de Tula. These guys are too cool.

PRISMAS

I would like to return to this hidden treasure of Real del Monte one day. Another of the many ‘Magico’ places in Mexico.

Pink building, Cultural Center.

Cathedral in Real del Monte.

This green Volkswagon was calling me for a picture.

Ancient towns are the best. You are instantly thrown into a time machine into the past.

 

Quick Trip to Chichen Itza

This trip took between 26-28.12.2016, Monday-Wednesday, the last week of 2016, my attempt at ending the year with a trip and mentally beginning to travel before the New Year began, as if to say, “I won’t wait until it turns to 2017”. So that happened.

I flew from Houston into Merida, Yucatan’s International Airport arriving around 8 p.m. As soon as I got past Mexican Aduana, I went and contacted an Uber ride which took me to my Hotel in 20 minutes. I got settled in my room, walked around not knowing where to go but ended up in the heart of Merida’s busy streets filled with tourists and locals walking left and right.

I didn’t sleep much that night, the next morning, I woke up at 5 am and headed towards the bus station, hailed a taxi and next I was on the bus that takes you to Chichen Itza. There were no more non-stop bus tickets available so I ended up taking a bus that made a lot of stops and the trip took three and a half hours instead of an hour an a half. But in trips, nothing ever goes as planned and we must adapt, that’s all there is to do.

I slept on most of the trip, woken up by a young German couple talking about I don’t know what because I don’t understand German. I got off the bus, I saw the long line and decided to eat, refueled–got in–possibly the longest line I have ever gotten on, but it moved at a steady quick pace and next thing, I was with the rest of the tourists wondering around these amazing ancient ruins.

The pictures will fail to illustrate humidity felt that day.

Tourists and me the tourist. It looks short but it’s a pretty long walk. Good thing there is shade from the trees on the side if you get tired.

Impressive.

Agave Point of View. 

 

In Lost Angels…

Photos of 2day trip in Los Angeles with brother. Not planned at all. No real purpose of trip.

Spotted a Frank Zappa look-alike in Los Angeles.

Bearded man looking up. (At Venice Beach, CA)

Man on left was sporting a speedo. He blocks himself with a mini stereo to protect his identity. I silhouette the picture to hide his identity. Kid to his right on cell phone and skateboarding an all too familiar scene at Venice Beach.

They’re watching us. I’m watching right back. But these cameras are a joke.

The people of Venice are quite entertaining characters. This gentleman was selling mixed CD’s that included such hits as “the itsy bitsy spider” in reggae. You can imagine the sound coming from the speaker in the kid’s wagon. “Reggae for the Children”

A tagged palm tree, or whatever kind of tree this is.

Got my way around the city of Angels through their public transportation. (With the help of my brother and google maps). We rode with the working class and the everyday regular…..and this old lady was falling asleep. Bus trips kept the day interesting.

Venice Beach

At LAX picture waiting for our delayed flight back to Houston. Me on top left, bro on right. BTW, these pics are out of order.

At Venice Beach. Relaxing under this street-arted tree, getting some shade. I still managed to get my face sunburned and looking like Zoidberg.

Yeah.

The hotel walk to room 134, LAX Suites because everything is expensive. This place was incredible, only if it was located at the beach for the same price.

Intro Inverted Vegas

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What’s up world? It’s been another minute, I hope everything is good. I’ve been keeping low, creepin’, vacuumed by the everyday monotonic routines of life. But I’m in a clear state of mind which is key.

I was back in Vegas Dec. 16, Monday morning. We land early. My two buddies and myself take a shuttle to the hotel. The hotel is not ready until two hours, so we walk and walk.

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I Yelp the surrounding area for food. I’ve heard of Tacos El Gordo and it’s close by. I order two tacos de trompo and a quesadilla. The place is legit Mexican food, tasty, cheap street food. Definitely beats the ten dollar standard lunch plates inside most casinos.

I did a few hours of poker. (4 hrs is a few right?) Compared to true grinders, I think so. As a matter of fact, I started this blog as a poker blog and I have really enjoyed how this blog has evolved.
But here it goes. I’ve started this thing I call #picdumping or #picdump on instagram. A little crop and boom, upload. But I think the real pic dumping will be on here.

So stay positive! Until Next time!

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Daytrip to DC

This past Wednesday (Aug. 15) I took a day trip to the nation’s capital with my brother.

We landed around noon and immediately headed over to Shaw neighborhood (Little Ethiopia) via the metro and stopped at an Ethiopian Restaurant called Zenebech Injera.
We ordered Doro Wat which is chicken stew with a hard-boiled egg, and injera which is a spongy flat bread all eaten with the hands. The food was delicious, I specially liked the spongy bread, but it filled me quickly. The red stew reminded me of Mexican “mole”.

Here’s some of the photos I took around the neighborhood.

Around the same neighborhood, we stopped at Som Records vinyl store. If you’re ever in DC and you are a vinyl collector I really recommend you to stop here. Music selections range from rock, jazz, reggae, brasilia, country, funk, and a $1 section! Overall, a great place to dig.

Short on time, we walked around the Washington Monument area before heading back to the airport.


Lincoln Memorial (As close as we were getting, too far to walk)

Reporting reporting from Chihuahua, Mexico

I had a nice written paragraph but the Wi-Fi here disconnected, so I’m redoing this quickly, plus it’s steaming in this hotel lobby.
Here’s some pictures.

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Flight to Chihuahua was four hours late. I arrived close to midnight.

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