Travel: Endless Summer Days

I’m alive!! Just in case you were wondering due to my recent lack of blogging (of course if you follow me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, you are well aware of my latest whereabouts). In fact, I’m not only alive with a pulse, I feel more alive than ever! It’s funny how doing something you’re passionate about takes you from merely existing to actually, fully, blissfully living. The passion of mine that has been giving me this wonderful feeling lately is traveling.

I’ve been in Vancouver for 10 days already (whoa, time flies!) and I’ve been falling deeper and deeper in love with it by the minute. The scenery, the friendliness, the weather… oh, the weather! If you’ve ever been in Arizona, or any desert for that matter, during the summer, you’d surely understand my elation at the fact that the highest average temperature in Vancouver right now is around 73˚F/20˚C.

One thing that had been throwing me slightly off when I first arrived though, was the fact that the sun was setting pass 9:30 P.M., something I definitely wasn’t used to. I mean I’ve heard about endless summer days before, but I had never experienced that expression as close to its literal meaning as now. Not that I’m complaining, it is actually quite nice to have even more time to go out and explore. Although, I gotta say if something I’ve found disappointing during my explorations in this lovely city is the fact that most businesses (except restaurants but definitely including tourist attractions) close around  6 or 7 P.M. What’s that about Vancouver?! Anyway, I’ll let it slide just because I love it here so much.

Of course I have some photos to share with you guys today, and these are from my trip this past weekend to Granville Island. I’m glad I get to bring you virtually along with me on my travels thanks to the blog, but if you ever find yourself in Vancouver doing some exploring of your own, Granville Island is a must-see for sure. It is a small island, kind of in the middle of the city, full of mostly shops and eateries, but there’s also a Theatre Company and the Emily Carr University. However the main attraction, no doubt about it, is the Granville Island Public Market.

Hundreds of vendors gathered inside the market everyday to make this site quite an experience for all the senses. You can find from fresh produce and fish to an Italian grocer, a Mexican restaurant, a pastries stand, as well as a number of artisan products like hand-painted ceramic, one-of-a-kind jewelry or finely crafted leather satchels, to name a few.

I don’t know about you but I love markets. Maybe it’s because I’m from Mexico, where the “mercados” are very common and popular, but I find incomporable charm in the public markets. They are full of life and colors, smells and flavors. I could walk thru them for hours, exploring every stand and delighted in some wonderful people-watching. Of course, I also love enjoying the yummy food they have to offer. So chances are I’ll be paying this little island another visit before I leave.

Since no amount of words could ever do justice to the wonders of this experience, I’ll just let the photos do the rest of the talking.

Hope your summer is going as wonderful as mine!



I Heart Mexico

Graffiti on sidewalk in Colonia Roma

Sorry I was absent from the blog the past couple of weeks, but I am happy to confirm I’m still alive! I just took a little vacation to Mexico City last week, and even though I left for just one week, preparing for the trip and recuperating from it always takes time, at least for me anyway. However, this little vacation was more about spending time with loved ones and attending one lovely wedding, than about touring around the city.

I have toured the city several times before, in fact I lived there for a year a few years ago, but still I had planned to do it again on this trip; first, just because I love doing it, the city is beautiful, full of history, idiosyncrasies and fascinating sites; and then, because I wanted to take pictures of it all to share with you guys; but things didn’t go as planned… not that I’m complaining, it was wonderful to catch up with friends and family. Nevertheless, my friend Salvador, who lives in Seattle, but also happened to be in Mexico City last week, came to the rescue of my picture sharing plans. He is quite the photographer and took some wonderful shots of his adventures around the city, and has been kind enough to let me share some of them with you here. So, once again it all worked out for the best, because my amateur little pictures wouldn’t had been half as good as his.

So here I leave you to enjoy his skillful photos… plus some I took at the aforementioned lovely wedding, which were the only pictures I manage to take the whole time I was there.

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