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DOLORES is probably one of the best indie bands from Madrid, and Spain.

Listen.

DOLORES

VIVA DOLORES!!!

Loads of love and pain, and lust, and love, and pain and BDSM

xxx

L

The year of Bruce Lee…and I welcomed it in Seattle, where his and his son Brandon gravesite are to be found. On a more delightful and playful mood, here it is how the next year will be.

2012: What will happen.

JANUARY: Someone named Theresa will have my glasses on the 1st day of the year, I will get them back on the 2nd. Will watch The Godfather and think about moving to a lil village in Sicily. I will fly back to Berlin, instead, with no delays, and even if I get stuck in London I won´t be able to see Pec, because she will be working and BA will make me fly in the afternoon. Also I won´t be able to see Cruz as she would still be in Madrid. Will go to Henry Rollins gig with my mate Sam. Will join a Crossfit gym or start long distance running, altogether with Power Yoga and Chi Kung with my friend Pablo. And I will stick to it. Stalk the fancy people at Berlin fashion week. Specially heterosexual men.

FEBRUARY: One month no smoke.Think to go back to fashion biz, and discard it. I will be working my ass off, for petty coins, it will be freezing and snow will break in. The Bright Tradeshow won´t send me the press pass, and I would tell their corporate asses to stay away from the true spirit of skateboarding and all boarding sports: FREEDOM you fools. I will be single yet again in St. Valentine´s day but getting lots of good sex.  I will tour with Pec, or at least I will be in London. I can write now…oh no hold it, that´s an illusion.

MARCH: Biz takes off. Like seriously. Find a nice, cheap apartment in Moabit or Treptower Park, because I can´t live with the NK hip anymore, and I need nature. Although I might reconsider it and stay close to my friends in da hood.  We will jump into Spring, the season most hated. I will be allergic starting next month and single. Will wish to go to Japan, to say goodbye to friend Aitana, but I will be working my ass off and poor. Fidel Castro dies. The end of an era. Tresca´s birthday.

APRIL:  I will be on B2 of Deutsch, and able to have a decent conversation. At least. Or talk nonsense with a nice accent. I will be making millions.And writing a lot. Will be almost fit, back to a normal 125 pounds and eating good. I might get a boyfriend, just for the sake of having a boyfriend. Wait no, I have no time. My mother´s birthday.

MAY: Go to London, to be amazed by this in case i can´t make it to ATP. Buy a rodie to run with friends Sam and Marta. Enjoy two days of sun for the first time since arrival. Get amazingly cured from allergy, and enjoy Spring. Ha. I will buy my ticket to India. Go somewhere to surf and chill.

JUNE: Will go to Ibiza to pay a quick visit to my parents and my dog, chill at the beach and smoke weed…NO wait…this is my 5th month no smoking…anything. Crack included. Will get my hair cut at my favourite hairstylist in San Antoni, a Scottish sexy man.Second time I will cut my hair in the year, probably last. On my way there, a  quick stop in Madrid to see friends, meet Tresca´s daughter, Molly than by then will be sleep trained and actually walking. She will probably hold a MBA in Business, as well.

JULY: We will have two days of summer, and everyone in Berlin will run to the lakes. Will go to the Berlin Fashion Week, and maybe bump into Angelica. I will get a smartphone, because it is about time. Will have lots of work and make lots of money. New twist in the occupying movement, now revolution is coming late fall, right before the World ends. We will have a Green November instead of a Red October.

AUGUST : Will work even more, write even more, and ride a whole lot more. Will go to my brother´s wedding in India, and celebrate my 32 years of age with friends and family in southern India. I will celebrate in Chennai my brother´s wedding, and will cry a lot, dance a lot and hug people a lot. Hang out with friends and family. Feel much love.

SEPTEMBER: Travel to Kerala, to stay in an ashram for a month. Get my first yoga teacher training. Write a lot.

OCTOBER: Meet up with my friend Rodrigo in Nepal, to trek the Himalayas. Will stay there for a while, and meet interesting people, in the amazing land. One week volunteer in Lhasa. Revolution is coming.

NOVEMBER: We are taking the streets, and there is a global change a conscious change. Will most likely move to Malaysia or India, on a new job position. Book publishing deal. Get married, because some say the end of the World is near. And I will rethink my position and actually get married.

DECEMBER: Will spend Christmas with my family for the first time in two years. …….

So that´s it. Read also this  post about how to face the New Year.

Loads of love and aspirations.

xxx

L

 

I forgot to give you YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENT.

 

Stoked.

 

Enjoy. Don´t thank me, thank them.

 

Love and books.

 

xxx

 

L

 

I still feel I don’t know a thing about this…another useless post.

–   Is liberating, not suffocating.

– We should crave for energetic boost of creativity.

– Good sex make girls fall in love, it is because of some substance we deliver to make our body ready for seeding. It is all chemicals. So you rather fall in love every now and then, or you simply have dreadful sex.

–  Romantic passion is uplifting, not destructive.

– There can be more erotism on a mutual gaze, than on a mutual fluid exchange. And less STDs.

– It is a great responsibility not to let external circumstances break the bond with another soul.

– Love is one thing. Relationships are a whole different one. You see what you chose or aim for.

– Friendship is true love.

– True love is friendship.

– Expect the unexpected.

Loads of love and blooming.

xxx

L

UPDATE: And then I watched Blue Valentine.

Thanks to Juanita, from Juanita y los feos and this genius that is Manuel M. I discovered eighties sensation “Ataque de Caspa”, Manuel label has launched a reedition of his record, with covers by Los Punsetes, among others.



Loads of Love and keep it D.I.Y
xx
L

After a quick visit to Madcity, that I would write about later on … please, let me introduce you to Giganto, a Madrid act that sounds like amazement. Thanks to Victor, excellent musician and better human being, former guitar player of Another Kind of Death for coming up with bands like this in the sometimes a bit dull Spanish scene.

Thanks to Dave for discovering me this. Completely hooked on it.

Summer is coming.

Loads of love and 18 at heart.

xxx

L

At one of the many Berlinale parties, the one for the workers, volunteers and collaborators of this year fest, I got lucky enough to meet a lot of wonderful characters, although it is to my belief by now that most people in this city is a certain character per se. Free drinks through the night ensured a good share of fun for everyone. Also the karaoke run by the same guy that runs the Mauer Park Sonntag Karaoke, helped to get us in the mood. I met Marta in the bathroom queue. She is fun, and adorable and she is now working for the In-Edit Film Fest, that is a newcomer to Berlin this year, after many succesful years in Barcelona.  Music, film and pop culture…it simply doesn´t get any better than that.

As a preview in their program the festival will be screening exclusively as a pre-opening event  the documentary by American film maker Yoni Leyser  ” William S. Burroughs- A Man Within“.

Film screening and presentation will be held at Berlin´s place to be HBC, first of nearly spring month of March.

To miss not.

Loads of love and lovely cultural contacts.

xxx

L

Despite all the negative stereotypes, it seems to me like a land full of life. I was in awe after working  as a translator at Berlinale Premier of  ” Karen llora en un bus” (Karen cries on a bus)

This is what it is to be a woman, when in the verge of self-discovery avoid to let yourself fall in the arms of the so called male love, so that you can take a step in the shade of a pair of pants, rather than owning your personal pair. Sometimes it is about choosing love or life. I chose life, and I don´t regret it, the woman you become once you cut off from a suffocating, stagnating relationship is by all means, the woman you are meant to happen.

Really good film, with a wonderful hommage to Eric Rohmer, and simple and unpretentious. Also the whole cast and staff is absolutely delightful. They are currently looking for distribution in Spain, and i hope they actually get it so that you can all run to your indy film theatre of choice and enjoy it. However  the case…there must be something in the air of Bogota, because once I met those people (Gabriel, Angela, Alejandro…) I thought of Laura, Bogota pride.

Good people, fun times.

Loads of love and good films.

xxx

L

I always get asked the same question in my tours (am currently working as a tour guide, and most of the time loving it) what is it with the bear?. My answer is that there was a time in Brandenburg region where bears were living in the woods carefree and happily. Of course then evolution and civilization came and all went to hell. But the symbol of the land prevailed, and so it is in Berlin’s flag. Also, some people think that the name of Berlin comes from bär which is German word for bear, and Berlin is pronounced somewhat like Bärlin…truth is Berlin comes from birl (and this we must say in the tours)as slavic word which means swamp.

However the case, to prove the importance of bears around here, once a year we have the Berlinale to remind us, where directors, actors, producers compete for a silver bear. I will be luckily working at the festival this year as a translator, and hopefully will be able to watch some good pieces and update about it.

Now, don’t miss Carmela’s glorious scrapbook travel diary of her recent trip to Berlin, hoping she will be back in summer.

Is it me, or this years poster reminds a bit of Bread and Butter?

Loads of love, grrrr, and films.

xxx

L