Friday, November 28, 2014

Oh so american: Halloween

If in Europe we consider Halloween the creepy night where we get out with scary costumes like zombies, witches or skeletons, in USA you will find cute rabbits, fairies or mermaids. Their costumes look more the ones we wear for Carnival and it's so fun to play around our characters, being someone we aren't in a daily basis.

Halloween is not only partying with costumes, there are other fun activities like carving pumpkins and knock neighbour's doors playing trick or treat. It's a great economic time of the year for the stores that sell candy and chocolates, the consumism is full on in the end of October. Other fun activities include telling scary stories and watching horror movies.

When I was a kid we knew Halloween as the Witches Night and besides the costume part, we would tell stories about spirits that happen to us. I'd go home so scared that I started listening noises in my room and ended up running to my parent's room and sleep between them. My creativity is too deep, I can imagine a whole story in my mind and really feel it and live it. I'm glad now a days I can control better since I know what's real or not. (hmm maybe I think I know...)

The Witches Night came to our lives because we used to watch way too many american movies, including horror movies about Halloween night. October 31st, 1990 something, one of my friends had the brilliant idea of climbing the wall of the graveyard so we "could see spirits". You know young people, always challenging themselves, so we accepted the mission. When we got there a imense silence was broken with the wind noise... it was so creepy that we looked at eachother and runned away as sonic, the video game blue guy. Since then I learned the lesson: don't follow crazy ideas all the time.

I love Halloween, I love traditions, I love that I had the chance to celebrate 3 halloweens (2008 and 2013) in the USA with crazy people who like it as much as I do. I just wished I could see Halloween decorations in the houses, not stuff people would buy in stores but something they would create with their imagination and whatever had at home.

Some pictures of the Pirate Crew?

As usual we spent Halloween in the Casino of Middletown for the Decades band live concert, we are big fans of this local band! Our clothes were found in the Thrift Stores, as always! We didn't want to spend much money in clothes just for a night, I spent 5 bucks :)

As real pirates we drunk a lot of rum and stole money from other... pirates! What I love the most of a halloween costume are the accessories and play around them, we had swords, parrots and plastic coins, it was so much fun interacting with our pirate fellows and other people who were there dancing Decades with us.

How was your Halloween 2014? What was your costume about? 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Alamany Flea Market in San Francisco

First thing I search online when arrive a place? Local Flea Markets! Last year when I was visiting San Francisco I attended Berkley Flea Market and this time I was lucky enough for being in SF for the weekend so I got a chance to visit Alamany Flea Market. It's every single Sunday from 8am until 3pm but at 1pm many vendors start packing up so don't arrive too late. It's situated in 100 Alemany Blvd and you can get bus number 9 to get there. If you are driving there's plenty of space to park your car. We walked almost one hour and in the way we found Bernal Peak, a great hill to have a great view to the city and to the bay.

I'm glad we made it to this Flea Market, not only interesting antiques and vintage finds but also the place itself so artistic with graffitis. Also the stalls were pretty well organized.

Again, I couldn't buy everything I wanted, especially vintage and ethnical house decoration because you know, I don't want to carry all this stuff in my backpack who-knows-for-how-long. But it was nice to visit and do some "window shopping".

How quirky is this teeth frame? :P

You cannot miss the cinnamon twist from the brazilian guy, so but so delicious! Buy two because I'm sure you'll want more.
Besides this stall selling cakes, there was only one food trailer selling mexican food and burgers, usually there are more food options in other flea markets but the cinnamon twist made it for everything :)

I really enjoyed spending Sunday morning in this place, I recommend you vintage enthusiasts to visit if you are around. Get ready to bargain! Isn't that the beauty of this kind of markets?

*Linking up with Sir Thrift A LotWoman in Real Life *  Distressed Donna Down Home * Bella Rosa Antiques * The Cottage Market * How Sweet The Sound * 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ten Cities I'd live for 1 Year

If you are around this blog for a while you know that I'm not really a city person. I will visit cities of the World that apply to me or are famous but I don't think I'd live forever in a city (never say never). But in a certain way there are cities out there that are beautiful or I felt a really good vibe as soon as I got there. Do you know this feeling? You smile just walking in the streets and feel you kinda belong there. 
I enjoy to make lists just for the fun and few days ago I wrote a list of ten cities in the World I've been before and wouldn't mind to live for a year... or two. 
Barcelona :: Spain. I'm a vivid fan of Antoni Gaudí and his art is everywhere in this city (Parque Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló...). It's definetly a place with all in the pack: good beaches, awesome architecture, delicious food, nice pubs and cafés, alternative lifestyle. And a plus if you speak spanish.

 Berlin :: Germany. Although all the cold in Winter time I'm sold out for Berlin. It's a relatively cheap city with a lot to explore. You have a party every night of any type of music. I can't believe that they turned an ex-airport into a park where you can go skating or biking, drinking a beer or organize a picnic. I also love the abandoned places like this abandoned amusement park I explored with Claudia and Joana, we had to climb the fence, what an adventure!

Istanbul :: Turkey. A city divided in two continents: Asia and Europe. You can feel the best of both Worlds and the result is a learning process. I could spend an entire week admiring mosques inside and outside, not that I'm religious, but the architecture work is simply amazing. I also like the idea that there are students all over the World and also that all the alternative turkish come live here.

Lisbon :: Portugal. To be honest, I'd add Porto in this list as well but I wanted to choose only one city of each country. Lisbon is full of history and culture, you don't really need a plan to visit the famous spots of the city, I say get lost and you will be surprised with all you'll find; from old pretty houses, to great views (Adamastor, to the bridge...), passing thru Bairro Alto during the day and night, yummie food (including the famous pasteis de Belem), interesting events going on all the time, fado in a tasca with red wine or sangria as your company. I consider Lisbon one of the most beautiful capitals in the World.

Lyon :: France. You cannot go wrong with a city with not only one but two rivers! I like the multiculture environment that is going on, especially the turkish quarter and their bizarre food. I love that you can walk everwhere and they have the most beautiful park I ever been in my life: Parc Tete D'Or . The cafés and restaurants in downtown are french style: well decorated and with great food. [More about Lyon here].

Melbourne :: Australia. It's not only the beautiful downtown with a bunch of stunning buildings, inspiring street art, artists playing in the main avenue, arts and arts and arts, it's also the dandenongs, the Great Ocean Road and one of the best festivals in the World. It's deeply organized and the transportation works very well. I found pretty awesome second hand stores and one of my favorite areas is St. Kilda where you find the beach. The only thing I don't like are the rules everywhere, for example, you gotta wear an helmet when riding your bike or you get a ticket. I love to feel my hair when cycling and they are taking all the joy, "for safety".

 Prague :: Czech Republic. The black statues you can find here are one of the most beautiful things I ever seen, they look so neat! I enjoy the environment in the city and the hidden gardens. The cheap beer and the fact that is so international also give it some points.

 Rio de Janeiro :: Brazil. For many people is the most dangerous place, for me is the place to be. I have this dream of living in a Favela of Rio and help the community with social projects. I had great joy exploring the Botanic Gardens, The florest of Tijuca and other parks. As you can see it's not only a big city, it's also a place you can find amazing nature. Brazilians are pretty friendly and they love to have fun. So much culture going on there! I can drink a caipirinha while I watch a capoeira circle all day or learn how to dance samba. What about the Carnival? And the fact that you spend New Year's Eve on the beach wearing white clothes? Yes, yes, please.

San Francisco :: USA. I'm not a fan of living in the States but there's something magic about this city. All my life I heard about the sixties in San Francisco, how people tried to be free, fighting for their rights, for peace and love, it was the best decade, full of history, the time I'd love to live. I adore the lifestyle, the artsy stores, the international food you can get and people are very nice. I like the idea of Flea Markets along the bay and the bay itself. I could easily live in Haight Ashbury and work as Social Worker with homeless in Sonoma or Market Str. When I needed peace of mind I'd head to Golden Gate Park and to the beach.

Toronto :: Canada. I usually say that Toronto breath culture and cultures. I think it's such an alternative place to live with great bookstores and design, antique stores, unique handmade stores. It's great to get lost in Chinatown and to explore by bike. I'd go on a boat trip every weekend :)

Do you like my selection of cities? Which Cities would you live for 1 year? 
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