Archive for December, 2010

Spoting the city

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Link pictures Broolkin Bridge and DUMBO

It’s been a long time here, and I wasn’t visiting around much. Everytime I go into a new place I think spots just happen while living…but New York is so big, if you want to see something you have to go in purpose.

Those days I felt time is nearly over and decided not to wait for Caroline, the girl that was supposed to come and walk the Brooklin Bridge with me, and just took my camera and went there. Also there was a oppotunity to get into Brooklin and visit Water Street, a place famous by its graffiti. Do you imagine this city without the 7th art?

Time is getting cold and today is Christma’s Eve, but no family and I feel kind of alone. Thanks Crilín called and there’s gone be a typical “Nochebuena” spanish style in the Upper East Side, with all that friends that couldn’t flight home as well.

We’re having Lamb and Shrink, with lots of other things and nougat candys (“turrones”), and hopefully spanish wine because California one is not bad if you pay 50$ a bottle, chaper ones are owful…

Merry crhistmas to everybody!!!

Silversprings

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Silverprings is a neigbourhood of Washington, where “El gallego” lives, it was 3 years without seeing him since he left Barcelona, and now I had a change to meet him first in New York and now where he lives, in this little towns where Discovery Channel has its Main building.

It’s a quiet place with just one Irish pub to hang out, with cheap prices and good Whisky. Can you imagine the barman head when we ordered a Glenfiddish 18 with coke. He wouldn’t like to serve it and recommended a worst whiskey…I insisted.

There are quite good restaurants at normal prices, not like New York. We had fish, I went to a buffet, we’ve been having dinner in an Excellent grill place and prices worked from 20$ to 35$. Ah, and buffet with tonels of sushi and seafood was only 9$. All prices per person.

We have been also hanging out in washington, but there’s not much to do. The places are really great. First we went to have dinner at the Red Hook, one of the most famous places in the city where you have to queue at least 30 minutes. Inside you have also more that 1000 beers to choose, from every country in the world. After we went to Pizzeria Paradiso, another Beer place, with a wide catalog of beer from the US.

The clubs are in 3 areas: Adams morgan, Dupont circle and U Street corridor. This is the place I recommend, It’s called Spot and looks like an Imperial house of 3 floors, with old design and plenty of lawyers and office dressed people, with live Jazz in the second floor. I found this place different, and made me feel like home. (Door is side by the Public bar)

Spot: 1214 18th Street NW, Washington  (www.spotloungedc.com)

Link to Google maps

Washington. SmithSonian museum

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What about the museums? Great, here they have the SmithSonian wich is the biggest of the world, much more visited than Louvre in Paris. They are proud of it, but what they don’t say is that Smithsonian is a museum with a lot of museus…So it’s the same name, but they have a bilding to Air and Space, another to American history, also Natural museum, Arts, etc.

The one I was interested the most is the Air and Space museum, a place where you can see a replica of the Wright’s brothers plane that first flight, NASA reactors, the Apolo XIII, etc, with also a nice planetarium and flight simulators.

Washington. The old government

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I was always looking at this city where humanity destiny has been decided for years, and wondering what I was gone feel when visiting the Whitehouse, the Capitol, and so on. But nothing special happened…

World is changing, new superpowers are happening like China, India, Japan, Europe, so Jankyes have to deal now with others a bit more, and sometimes they are banned. Last movements in middle west were an attempt to control energy sources like petroleum, so important, but I think not enough to keep on top. In 10 years China PIB is going to overcome USA one, and in 50 years it’s going to be 3 times higher. Just to have an ideas of how different the world is going to be. India is going to be over the US, and power will be shared.

But, city is nice, looks like a monumental place to visit daylight, and with not much people on the streets. Also everything is big that means there’s a lot to walk by. From the washington monument, to the capitol for example. Let me say that the monolit is so huge, 170 meters.

And the whitehouse tha had a perimetral wall surrounded by police 1 block in all directions. But I couldn’t see Obama, I was waiting a little bit, but decided to go and continue with my walk.

DAFT’S PUNK TRON: Legacy Record

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Featuring Faux Punk spinning music from the Tron: Legacy Soundtrack and Daft Punk’s greatest hits

This week is about nightlight, and we were thinking to go to Harlem, 150st to some Spanish party in a flat. But was too far away, and may be too risky. So we met Claudio and Alex with Dani and went for a dinner out at Olive Garden in the 6th avenue.

After that we were heading Bleecker St. one of our favourite streets in the city, because of the Wicked. But this time the place was called “The Poisson Rouge”, the show tonight was performed by the people that created the soundtrack of “Tron Leagacy”, all electronic music with a multimedia spectacle in the scenario. It was quite fun.

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Maria, that come from IKEA arrived at 1am, or even later. We were all dancing and drinking till almost 3am, and people left. I stayed with Maria chatting, and when the place was empty moved one street to the Wicked. 30 more minutes of fun till the closed and kicked us away. There wasn’t time for more, taxi and home…it was raining…

Should I mention that I had lost my keys, ohhh, fuck, I couldn’t enter home, I was homeless in Manhattan, and nobody was answering my calls…Fortunately, 1 hour later Lumen saw my sms and open the door welcoming in, with her sleeping outfit, I would liked to run away…but it was so cold…

www.lepoissonrouge.com

XMAS american party

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I couldn’t meet Mr.Big and Carrie again. I was unable at the time they proposed and were busy till sunday…let’s wait again…

The day was really bad, I had catched a cold last night and this would be the party of the year, the IstXX Chistmas at Sandy’s apartment with all the fashion friends that study the same master. All girls and some gays. Also we invited all the spanish community of New York. We were more than 50 people drinking and having fun at 14th street. Poor house…

I was really sick but thought that lemon would cure me, of course I added some vodka to every glass to be sure that cleans my body. And it worked, at least till tomorrow.

It’s better to have a look at some pictures that me to explain what happened: Party, party and party. American style of course, with a high dose of networking.

At 1 am we decided to leave and go to some nice place in the meatpacking district, but when I arrived I left home in order to not continue fossilizing my body. And I was right as well.

Burbon’s night

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www.bourbonstreetnyc.com

I came to the same place, same time as agreed with Mr.Big and Carrie, but I couldn’t find them. I was 5 minutes late and thought: may be the left, or may be they are at Wix Lounge, so let me call…

I did and the answer I got is that they didn’t confirm. So I’ve been loosing my time. And what’s worst, no answer yet…

As I was in the city centre I decided to go to Broodway Dance School to look up for the schedule of classes next month to help the Pink ogre to organize her dance schedule when she came in 27th. It was freezing, and my clothes aren’t enough to keep me warm, I do need a winter coat! (“se me caía el moquillo” I’d like to say in english). So prices are 18$ a class, and 15$ if you buy 10. It’s great than in this city, and probably in the hole country you could be attending classes 7 days a week with just the exception of 1st january, thanksgiving and 4th july.

Later we had another spanish party, this time at Burbon’s in 71st with Amsterdam Ave, the other side of the city again…I went there, meet Desi, a friend of Sany from Barcelona as well. Nice and sweet girl. Also Dani and Victor where there, and a new guy that just joined us from Venezuela. His name, Carlos, apparently a young and successful business man that was a bit jerk.

We started talking about business and it was interesting, he proposed me to create an auction site, copying and existing one very popular and move it to Venezuela and other south-american countries. I though that we could go to europe as well.

He said tomorrow we could speak a bit more and start as soon as possible.

Burbon time was over and it was time to go to the Village, to a new place called Pig. And girls took a taxi and we push Carlos with them, so we would like to take another, hehe. Later they explained the story…He proposed them to do a “menage a trois” as it was his fantasy. Girls stopped the car and pushed him out in the middle of the street, hehe, sorry girls..

We went to the place and girls weren’t there, but fortunately we met others and stayed for a drink. We weren’t lucky so we moved in a bus to the west Village to meet Sandy and Desi and have the last one. Tomorrow more!

Agreements and disagreements

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So Wednesday could have been a nice day, I could be knowing if it’s worth staying for a long time in New York or I am coming back to my lovely Empire, from now on “the Imperio”.

I had a very important meeting with my “future” partners in a fashion project, something related to the web, but that will have a fashion show…and guess who’ll be taking pictures of the models? guess it! the Villano! Ok this is only an opportunity now that is being discussed, I think I’ll be explaining in an earlier post, but basically I am working on the tech platform. And now we are discussing the terms of this relationship. I’ve been asking the same I am used in Spain and things seems to be different in here, so may be Villano is back or may be not.

Tomorrow same time 4pm the answer. Yes or no?

After working in this project over a month I like it a lot, and could be doing great things in here. The city looks like a different place to get opportunities anywhere. And some interesting projects, so I hope they agree what I’ve been asking and, despite I have to stay here more time, It can be one of the most interesting project I ever worked in. If not “Paella” is waiting and my lovely friends too…

I’ll be reporting the result tomorrow. Whether the answer is positive or negative…I am going to celebrate with the Spanish council to the Rum: 0,5 $ a drink. It’ll be an earthquake in the city.

Discovering RAJA Yoga

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I am not feeling really happy those days, some plenty of energy and some empty. I guess because I don’t know if I am going to stay or I am leaving definitely, or what’s gone happen with the fashion project.

So I am now trying to overcome any obstacle, stay here while I want to leave, working to get more opportunities, taking advantage of the ones I have, going to the gym, scheduling my day, doing all hardwork from Spain, and eating as much as I can, which is still the main problem…I want “mum’s paella” and “pa amb tomaca” and “majorcan sausace” and “spanish tapas”, I want to drink spanish wine in a bar, drink a “cubata” well made with a long glass, just two ice cubes, and 40% whiskey, if possible Cardhu.

So anyway, I spend the night browsing youtube videos of self improvement, motivation ones, etc, how to get rich in 2 days…that was a fake :D…, all the american style, so I am getting into it, all is about success! But I won’t forget that a value of a project is enjoying the time you work on it.

I started all week to work in the Wix Lounge, or Delancey’s Starbucks, all places with broadband, quiet, and with a nice receptionist. Otherwise I stay at home with the computer and probably I miss so much outside.

Then I go to the gym, I am definitely going to put some weight on me…Anyone does in this country!! too many hamburgers and mayonnaise!

So on Tuesday I went to a masterclass of RAJA Yoga, which is a discipline that studies the mind, the consciousness, the projection of things, and they use a complete dictionary of weird words they say has always two meanings. I am going to explore all of this as seems interesting, with some mistakes I think but I’ll give them an opportunity of lightening my path…I can’t be saying that “I am THe HOSTILE member ever, no need to See the light..” God, I can’t have sense of humor in english I wonder how to get it and specially how to write it!

If anyone interested the place is called:

Vishwa Dharma Mandalam
96 Avenue B
New York NY 10009
www.vishwadharma.com

And here some examples of those sankript words I think I couldn’t remember:

Smirti- What was remembered
Dharma shatras- worship moral code laws of Manu
Epics: Mahabarata  and Ramayana-
Bhagavad-Gita the most important
Puranas: avatars and epics
Agamas: tantric
Dharshanas: schools of thought-How to put the Vedic system into place
Astikas- moxa ways to achieve liberation

As I said I will explore and tell you what’s going on…

American style party

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Definately one of the reasons of being here is living some of the experiences that comes up into my mind when I think of thJue United States of America.

And one of the primery things is a Limo. So taking advantage of the Juan’s farewell, people agreed that I’d be great if we can rent a Limo. then I was looking into offers and many people joined the idea, so we can event rent a Hummer limo for 20 people: The big white shark.

Montly spanish people and a chinesse girl, today Hector’s girlfriend, we get in the car late 9 and start a tour in the city. Of course we were dressed appropriately to the occasion with black suites, and girls wearing high hails, and mostly black dress also.

We sttoped in times Square, drive down the fifth avenue, ride the Wall street’s bull, and of course get drunk in the hummer, that was actually a Ford, same sized.

Then the driver just dropped us in the Lisa’s birthday when the party continued till late in the morning, I can’t remember the place and mostly of the things that happened there, but it was actually quite nice, quite expensive, and quite busy.

Better to see videos and pictures…as soon as I get it…(come on guys!)

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