Sunday, March 19, 2017

El Día del Padre

When it's Father's Day in Spain and Enrique's God-daughter adopts you as her God-mother, as well, and surprises you both with gifts and lovely handwritten cards.
#diadelpadre #padrino #madrina#afortunados
Gracias, @elisanicolasdecasas por tu gran amor.

Elisa: Yo si que afortunada. Por haberos conocido y habrá más momentos como el de ayer, y no solo eso, lo que pasa que mi amiga Ángelines y yo somos unas liantas y nunca sabréis nuestras andadas hasta. Descubrir la sorpresa. Pero no la Sor-presa

Saturday, March 18, 2017


(She)" says that the art of reading is slowly dying, that it's an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when read, we do it with all our heat and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day."

(Ella) " dice que el arte de leer se está muriendo muy lentamente, que es un ritual íntimo, y que un libro es un espejo y que sólo podemos encontrar en él lo que ya llevamos dentro, que al leer ponemos la mente y el alma, y que esos son bienes cada día más escasos."
#reread #betterthesecondtime #original #inSpanish #goodnight #habits#intimacy #lecturas #literatura #libros #bibliofilia #bibliophiles#shadowofthewind #lasombradelviento #ruizzafon #literaturelover

Enrique: He aquí una escena de cama con mi esposa, practicando un ritual íntimo, como dice el texto. ¡Qué felicidad!

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Mannequin

Student stories are the BEST and it's been a long time since I've included one on my blog. Here's one, a college adventure, that made me laugh out loud!

This story happened two years ago, when I was studying in the University of León. The protagonists of this story were my inseparable school friends and work companions.

This story began the day when my friends and I enrolled in a class called Artistic Expression Workshop. To pass de class we had to prepare a proyect. The proyect consisted of creating a story which combined parts of corporal, music and plastic expression.

After a few days and after very much thought, we had an idea. Our story was based on a man who saw his life changd in a 180 degrees. At first he was very appy, but then he lost his job and by the end he was evicted and ends his life; a tragedy.

So, we got on with the challenge. We found and spliced different pieces of music according to how he was feeling at each stage and we made a mural. In this mural one of us painted and expressed the same feelings as the songs.

Nevertheless, the highpoint of the story was at the moment when we decided to use a mannequin to represent the man.

At first, María’s friend gave us one. However, the mannequin fell to the ground and broke.

Unfortuantely, that catastrophe happened just a few days before the exam. My friends and I couldn’t believe it! Our huge problem regarding the mannequin didn’t seem to have any solution.

Finally, we decided to go to the Chinese shop to search for a mannequin. After negotiating with the clerk, we found a mannequin for 20 €! The best part of that moment was when we left the shop and people were watching us like; “Oh my God, What is that?”

Some tourists even took photos with us and our mannequin.

When everything seemed to be going well, the day before the exam, in our last rehearsal, the velcro strap that the mannequin had around his neck got caught on me and when I ran the mannequin fell to the ground. His hand was broken!

It was the worst moment in that proyect. We didn’t have any time to find a solution!

Finally, the next day we did our project and it was amazing. Everybody was fascinated by our handless mannequin and our teacher gave us a 10.

-Pau Gutiérrez

Friday, March 3, 2017

Carnaval All Around

Sweetest face, Enrique's God-daughter, Eli - Astorga.
Greyhound Rescue, Galgos 112, Alicante -  Spain

 Amazing corncob-man, hombre-panocha de maíz, in La Bañeza,  rival, but sister city 20 minutes away, beginning with La Noche de Brujas (Witches Night) and continuing through last weekend.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Off With Her Head

"Off With Her Head!" is the exclamation made frequently by the Queen of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and also the name of the fabulous new line of whimsical vintage headwear by my very talented student and friend, Sara.  Que Me Corten la Cabeza; stunningly beautiful and artful

Que me Corten la Cabeza Diseñadora y artesana. Tocados y sombreros hechos a mano. Atelier en Valladolid y La Bañeza (León ).

Check out her Instagram for more designes and place and order!

¿Quién se atreve con una chistera? Las invitadas con chistera visten elegantes a la par que originales.¡Animaos!
#chistera #lookinvitada#invitadaboda #chisteraboda

tocados_quemecortenlacabeza¡ Invitadas perfectas! 
#specialheadpieces #canotierboda#canotier #canotierinvitada #canotierflores#handmade #boda #wedding #weddinghat

Ya está aquí...recién salido del horno! tocado de novia de estilo vintage. ¡Para novias con estilo propio! Los tonos empolvados combinados con blanco nos encantan.
Si quieres ser una novia Que me Corten la Cabeza, no dudes en escribirnos.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Just Read

"Si no leemos no sabemos escribir y si no sabemos escribir no sabemos pensar."
If we don't read we don't know how to write and if we don't know how to write we don't know how to think.

“The best way to learn about books," he said, "is to spend time with them, talk about them, defend them.”
Charlie Lovett, The Bookman’s Tale

Today I finished The Bookman's Tale. It came as quite a surprise to me that the author, Charlie Lovett, had found a way to court me and all bibliophiles with his literary style, replete with antique bookshops, ancient manuscripts, marginalia (a thing I knew about, but for which I didn't know there was a term), literary artefacts and forgeries. His writing is so enmeshed in the world of books that I was also compelled to read several biographies on Lovett, something I rarely do, and discovered that much like his characters, his own world as the son of  has been one immersed in the love of books since his birth. 

The main character of The Bookman's Tale is a young antiquarian bookseller who relocates from the Coast of North Carolina to the English Countryside, where he can become absorbed in collecting and restoring rare books to overcome a deep personal grief.

"Peter did not want to know people. What he wanted was to find that world-within-the-world where he could be himself by himself...
Peter discovered exactly what would protect him: books."

"He closed his eyes for a moment, imagining the cocoon of books, shielding him from all danger, inhaling deeply that familiar scent of cloth and leather and dust and words. His rushing pulse began to slow, and when he opened his eyes he scanned the shelves for something familiar - a title, an author, a well-remembered dust jacket design - anything that might ground him in the world of the known."

A couple of teasers: 
After the death of his wife, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from the States to the English countryside, where he hopes to rediscover the joys of life through his passion for collecting and restoring rare books. But when he opens an eighteenth-century study on Shakespeare forgeries, he is shocked to find a Victorian portrait strikingly similar to his wife tumble out of its pages, and becomes obsessed with tracking down its origins. As he follows the trail back to the nineteenth century and then to Shakespeare's time, Peter learns the truth about his own past and unearths a book that might prove that Shakespeare was indeed the author of all his plays.
A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller’s search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love.
Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn’t really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.
As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays.

Lovett dedicates The Bookman's Tale to his father, who, as he says, "infected me with an incurable bibliomania." The Bookman's Tale is one of knowledgeable study of collectable manuscripts, original texts, inking, printing methods and more. It has intrigue, love, passions, deceit, arrogance, murder and more. It has everything of which a successful novel can boast, but yet is confined to the interests of a bookish elite, making this novel one set apart for a particular genre, book lovers, the same readers as those who adore Zafan's, The Shadow of the Wind, A.S. Byatt’s Possession and all the other texts whose tales are spun around the written word.