A couples of things…

I have a couple of things to say so the best way for me is make a list, so here I go:

– After almost 3 most of started my blog (36 post later) I can just be mesmerized because this week the estadistic said my blog was looking 1015!… how I can not be more them grateful?! I was not having any idea people would be interesting in what I write because I did initially this just for me, like a way for exprese all my thought I always have with me, so to all are expending time dedicated their attention to this a huge TRANK YOU! (gracias, obrigado, merci, tak, etc.) .

– From today I just have one week until my next travel adventure with one of my best chilean friend for one month! I’m beyond excited and ready for this week prepare my last things (part of that online with my friend who is in Chile).

– Yesterday I did a major step at work for what I want for my future so I will pray for that and for the new steps are coming (I hope soon).

– And I need to comment what happened with the Germanwings airline, the co-pilot and what he did. I can not imagine how bad you need to be for forget all your principles and kill in such a terrible way so many innocents; I’m kind of obssesive with this news because I will travel soon many times in on month and more because I know how is live with depression and not take care of that. Are so many things in my mind about all this, about the victims, the families, the air family; about how bad you can be if you not treat yourself for a mental/soul problem and how “normal” can be to the point anyone see how bad you are until happens the worst…

So this post is essencially for say thank you, for be grateful for all is happening in my life, for be excited, for tell you to follow your heart, your dreams and what do you want and for more then everything for tell you PLEASE TAKE CARE YOUR SOUL, YOUR MIND AND YOUR HEART FOR ALL THE SICKNESS, BADNESS AND PAIN IS AROUND US.

Take your life in your hand and fight for her with all you have!

Love,

Pepa

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35 Amazing and Surrealist Places to Visit before you Die!

My month of travels is almost here and I can not explain how excited I’m 😀

Today reading the news I found this amazing article about this 35 places to visit. Immediately I thought I need to go there ASAP because they are magical and absolutely gorgeous! and for my surprise one of them is included in my next trip!

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This is the link with the 35 places so everyone can see how beautiful is this World.

http://www.numaniaticos.com/lugares-surrealistas-para-visitar/

I can just say to everyone never stop to believe in you and in what do you want to do with your life; enjoy how much as you can and be surrounded with people who will make your life better and full of joy. We are the owners of our destiny and we can do everything we want if we are able to work for that.

One of my dreams will not be more a dream after April and I’m so proud and happy for that 😀

Kisses to everyone and a very good week.

Love,

Pepa Gómez

Manorism Event, amazing street art exhibition

I was missing to come here and write but I was quite busy organized my things for my next steps (work, exercises, travels and love) but I’m glad to be here again so here I go… I want to share with you guys the “Manorism Event” (https://www.facebook.com/events/1546518908956545/), an amazing street art exhibition organized by Pablo Fiasco who describe this like this:

“Manorism is an exhibition of street art taking place in, on and around a large warehouse space in Manor House, North London. We will have artists from Canada, Mexico, Spain, the Democratic Republic of Congo, America and the UK who will create a series of pieces for the walls of the warehouse especially for this exhibition. The event will also include an exhibition of smaller works, film showings, live music, DJ’s and a bar. Some artists include are Kenor, Zosen Bandido, Vinnie Nylon, Pure Evil, Pablo Fiasco, Mary Yacoob, Lapiztola Stencil, Dotmasters, Mudwig, Paris, Kate Merry, Req, Disastronaut, Mary Yacoob, Cedoux Kadima, MNKY http://www.mnkyvision.co.uk/, Dan Johnson, FiST, and more”. One of the reason because I want to share this is because my handsome is one of the artist (MNKY)  😀 and in this moment is working painting “The Mandril”, one unique piece he created for the 25 year of the Rainforest Foundation UK. Here is the Piece he donated for the auction in that time: 6901860And here is how is already looking the new one: 2015-03-18 13.18.56The exhibition is open to the public over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend: 3rd to 5th April, 2015 and if you are in London or close to the city you MUST need to go (unfortunately I will be in Spain in that dates but you can enjoy for me too). Hope you enjoy street art how much like me 😉 See you guys and a great week for everyone! Pepa Gómez

Happy Women’s day

La vida me ha dado la oportunidad de conocer mujeres increíbles que pasaron por mi camino o me acompañan hasta el día de hoy. Debo decir que con el paso del tiempo y lo que he aprendido de mi, me considero una de ellas.

Gracias a cada una de las mujeres del Mundo por la belleza de sus almas, por ese espíritu luchador, por la fuerza que sólo nosotras sacamos desde lo más fondo de nuestras entrañas cuando pensamos que ya no podemos más; gracias a cada una por la inteligencia, el coraje, por la alegría y graciosidad con que cada día nos entregamos a la vida; gracias a cada una por el dar infinito, la bondad, el amor y la dedicación. Gracias por que a pesar de las derrotas tenemos la fuerza de levantarnos y volver a la carga, volver a surgir; porque a pesar de las caídas, solas o acompañadas siempre nos pondremos de pie y con una sonrisa en nuestros rostros volveremos a dar la lucha por lo que creemos o queremos ser. Gracias a cada una por ser una inspiración en las más diferentes formas, por tantas otras cosas pero especialmente porque para nosotras, NADA ES IMPOSIBLE!

Y especialmente un gran GRACIAS a cada una de mis amigas que me regalan la oportunidad de ser parte de sus vidas, que me iluminan, que me inspiran a ser mejor, que no importa la distancia ni el tiempo se que SIEMPRE ESTARÁN AHÍ y que me ayudaron a ser la mujer que hoy día soy!

Feliz día mis bellas y nunca olviden que no importa lo que pase ni lo que digan a nuestro alrededor, nunca tenemos que perder la posibilidad de desplegar nuestras alas y ser las mujeres que queremos ser… HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!

Pepa Gómez

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Marzo y lo que se viene…

Estoy escribiendo y casi no veo nada; me olvidé mis gafas en casa y aunque me cueste un poco, no quiero dejar esto para mañana. Ya estamos en Marzo! el mes en donde empieza la primavera (al menos en el continente donde estoy) y donde todo se inunda de colores y nuevos aires; en mi caso es el mes de preparar mi próxima aventura que por primera vez abarcará varios países y un mes completito sólo para descansar y descubrir lo que la vida me quiera regalar.

Les cuento que con una de mis mejores amigas nos vamos de viaje! Yupiiiiiiii… Ya tenemos todos los pasajes en la mano; ella vendrá de Chile y yo de Portugal y nos encontraremos en España (Madrid) donde empezaremos nuestra aventura disfrutando de la Semana Santa española que vale la pena vivir sí o sí alguna vez en la vida. Después de eso, viajaremos a uno de mis destinos de sueños -Turquía- que es donde más tiempo estaremos (Estambul, Ankara, Capaddocia, Pamukkale) si es que no nos entusiasmamos con nada más y desde ahí, nos iremos a Grecia donde pretendemos estar en Atenas, Mykonos o Santorini (o ambas). Para cerrar el viaje nada mejor que ir a regalonear a mi novio (a Inglaterra – Brighton y Londres-) que cumple 40 años y regalonearme a mí que cumplo 11 años viviendo en este viejo continente.

Así que como pueden ver, este mes es para planificar, soñar, idear y volar con todo lo que se me viene que espero sea brutal!

Que tengan un buen fin de semana! Y nunca se olviden de soñar!

Pepa Gómez

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12 Side Effects of living in Chile

I’m a proud Chilean; I love my country and my people with all the good and bad, it is like a marriage but better, because I really, really know will be for all my life. One of the things I like more is listen how people see us especially after visit or live in Chile.
I read this at Matador Network and I can not be more agree (like always) with every single point in this list so here it is, I hope you can enjoy just like I did (the green comments are mine) 😉

Pepa Gómez

1. You learn what a real sandwich looks like (I miss this soooooo much! if is have not a good avocado is not a sandwich for us)

Gone are the days of two slices of bread, a few sad pieces of turkey, some lettuce and tomato. Chileans have a whole different idea of what constitutes a sandwich. Imagine a fresh, toasted hamburger bun heaping with hefty slabs of lomo (pork tenderloin), covered in melted cheese, doused in mashed avocado, piled on with mayonnaise, and then wipe the drool from your chin.

2. You start watching puppet shows to become a more informed citizen (after 11 years still remember the musics and lyrics)

31 Minutos is a widely popular Chilean satirical news show which features puppets performing comically crass political commentary, impersonations of public figures, and enough double entendre to keep the parents entertained while kids remain obliviously engaged.

3. You start referring to everything as an animal (you need to learn “chilean” for understand us).

Chileans love slang, especially animal-related slang. When you’re “pasandolo chancho,” it doesn’t mean you’re passing a pig, it mean’s you’re having a great time. When you’re “echando la yegua,” it doesn’t mean your horse laid down, it means you’re ready to relax after a tiring activity (like eating a lot). Popcorn is called cabritas (little goats) or palomitas (little doves); a sapo (frog) is a tattletale; avaca (cow) is an idiot. After a while in Chile, you’ll find your daily language sounding more and more like a rendition of “Old Macdonald Had a Farm.”

4. You find a second home in Jumbo (is nothing like the Jumbo we have in Portugal, is the best supermarket in the city)

With its abundant, gleaming white aisles filled to the brim with a huge variety of everything you could ever imagine, from electronic goods, to home goods, to food, cosmetics and even clothing, you will inevitably draw comparisons between Jumbo and Target (if you’re from a country that’s blessed with Target). You will find yourself wandering around the aisles whenever you miss home (or more likely curled up on a sofa in the home furnishings section, cradling a jar of Nutella). If you can’t find a Jumbo, find solace in a Lider, which is actually owned by Walmart.

5. You discover that there is never a bad time to eat a Super 8 (or Negrita or TuYo, etc.)

Super 8 is an amazingly popular candy bar that Chileans eat all the livelong day. It’s a light, chocolatey wafer concoction that doesn’t make you feel terrible about yourself even though it’s candy. You can find Super 8 pretty much everywhere you look. Vendors even walk through traffic on the highways to sell them!

6. You feel oddly connected to Germany (maybe for that I like them so much).

Due to a large wave of German immigrants that arrived to Chile during the latter half of the 19th century, traces of German culture have seeped their way into Chilean identity. The prevalence of sausages and sandwiches in Chilean cuisine, beer brewing techniques, names of streets, and even architecture in certain southern parts of Chile are all indicative of a history of German colonialism. In fact, a chain of Chilean diners is called La Fuente Alemana, the German Soda Fountain.

7. You eat, drink, and breathe corn (my favourite dish…. Pastel de Choclo!)

Chileans have mastered many diverse ways of preparing choclo (Chilean for corn): Pastel de choclo, a savory corn pie with meat and veggies cooked into a corn bread; Humitas, corn mashed with onion and hot chili, wrapped in corn husks and baked or boiled; Mote con huesillo, a sweet peach refreshment containing softened corn kernels (a variation contains husked wheat instead of corn); maíz frito aka fried corn kernels, a salty picoteo (snack, usually eaten while imbibing), they even put corn on pizza!

8. The street becomes your food court (and is not important how creepy looks because sometimes are the best!)

Sopaipillas, sandwiches, fruit juices, Super Ochos, maní confitado, completos, empanadas — if it exists in Chile, you can buy it on the street. You’ll be enchanted by the plentiful options and giddily hop from stand to stand, making a normal stroll down the Alameda a one-stop, one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience.

9. You drop “po” left and right (one of the best ways to reconized a Chilean).

Few things are more Chilean than the abundant — at times even excessive — use of “po,” an abbreviation of “pues” which means “well,” but is used primarily as a meaningless filler. Dropping your first “po” after you move to Chile is something of a rite of passage. You’ll never expect it but once it happens, you’re officially culturally Chilean. Before you drop your first “po” you might say your first “cachai?” This should warn you that “po” is near.

10. You start sprinkling merken on everything ( 🙂 )

Like avocados, merkén (smoked chili pepper) is an ingredient that Chileans love to incorporate whenever possible. It won’t be long after you move to Chile that you find yourself sprinkling merkén on cheese, eggs, and definitely on pebre(Chile’s even more delicious variation of salsa).

11. You start teasing your friends to their faces and complimenting them behind their backs (or the opposite, can be good or very bad sometimes)

Chileans are a humorous bunch, and they get a kick out of teasing their loved ones. There’s a running joke amongst young Chileans that men speak disparagingly to one another’s faces and praise each other behind their backs, and that the opposite is true for women. Whatever the case, as a gringo you will be an easy target for some teasing and rather than get defensive, it’s best to join in!

12. You make friends for life, and become a better friend yourself (and for me this is the most important point in all this list because is one of the things I miss most living away).

Chileans are thoroughly caring, generous people. They’ll offer you a shoulder to cry on, a ride home, to accompany you to the doctor’s office, even the last empanada. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better people in the world, and being surrounded by your kind Chilean friends all the time will make you a better person.

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