Barcelona in March 2017

It’s March and it has been two months since I was with Monica. And as it’s just been my birthday it’s a really good idea to celebrate it a bit longer in Barcelona.

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Starting the new year in Barcelona

Ending 2015 in Barcelona with Monica was a great way to celebrate the beginning of of a new year and so why not repeat it? Luckily Monica agreed, so for the last few days of 2016 and the first four of 2017 I was in Barcelona again.

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A short review on 2016 and a small insight in 2017?

As the year draws to an end I’ve been thinking over the many activities over the past year. New experiences, great moments, a few lesser moments and oh so many photos.

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Me gusta Guatemala, me gustas tu

There is a song by Manu Chao called ‘Me gustas tu‘ that -Monica once told me- is used by many people to learn words in Spanish. One of the lines in this song is ‘Me gusta Guatemala, me gustas tu’, and I’d get a change to experience that for myself this year. Monica visits her family every year and when deciding on our vacation plans for this year, we came to the conclusion that it would be a great idea to visit Guatemala together. I’d get to meet Monica’s family and friends in Guatemala and see the beauty of Monica’s country. However when it’s summer in Europe, Guatemala has it’s rain season. So we had to wait a while and on October 23 I finally started on an incredible journey…

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Barcelona birthday and fiesta

I made my way to Barcelona again last week for some festivities. A lot of festivities as a matter of fact as the Gracia neighborhood was all about La Festa Gracia, a week’s worth of activities and concerts all over the neighbourhood.

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Granada & Sevilla in 2016

Monica and I are planning a vacation to Guatemala later this year, but we can’t just let the summer pass without a vacation so we found a great destination in the south of Spain. A new location for us with loads of different architectural buildings and plazas to discover and it’s hot hot hot!

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A traveling zoom

When I got my X-Pro1 a few years ago, the first lens I had (and I had that before the X-Pro1 even) was a Fujifilm 18-55mm kit lens. It was (and still is) considered to be one of the best kit-lenses you get with any camera by any brand. I sold it not to long after and just maybe I’ll buy it back…

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Tourist in my own country

Instead of going to Barcelona again in April I had Monica over here for a few days. Weather-predictions warned for rain and cold weather and seeing that April usually has no idea what it wants, I had Monica at least prepare for some cold rainy days.

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Barcelona in February

Visiting Barcelona in the coldest time of  the year… Is that a good idea? Well, it’s still a lot warmer there than in Assen, so I wasn’t too worried. And flights in February were well priced too. And well… excuses aren’t really necessary for visiting my girlfriend again, are they?

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The south of Italy, a little slice of (Espresso) heaven

It was high time for a vacation and having visited the bigger cities the last few years for my vacations and Barcelona being a second home of some sorts by now, both M. and I wanted to go somewhere that really felt like a vacation. Away from the busy city life that Barcelona and Assen (ahum) are and  find beautiful places to visit.

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Vacation musings

In previous years my vacations were aimed at staying in the bigger cities: Rome, New York, Paris, Barcelona… and I went on my own. This year will be the first vacation together with M. and we’re going to the Amalfi Coast! Quite a change in scenery but then it’s one I’m really happy with: for once no metropolitan cities but a more rural area with picturesque views. M. came with the suggestion of the Amalfi Coast and a search on Google quickly settled the matter: it simply looks awesome.

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Fujifilm X-Pro1

When Fujifilm released the X100 in 2010, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The hybrid viewfinder, the retro look, terrific 23mm lens. It seemed perfect. Especially as a camera to take everywhere. Unfortunately the wake-up time of the camera is dreadful, but otherwise it is a terrific little extra camera. However… the fixed 23mm lens is a bit too limiting as I also like wide-angle photos and a bit of tele. So my DSLR’s were far from obsolete.

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