Saturday, 31 December 2011
Thursday, 22 December 2011
She had suffered from polio at an early age. One day on the way to college (at 18) an accident happened on the bus she was on and a pole speared her stomach, leg, back and pelvis (she ended up having 39 operations on her back). She took up painting as a kind of therapy while she spent two years recovering. By now Diego Rivera was an established artist and 20 years her senior. He was commissioned by the government to provide art to important buildings, it was through this that he met Fridas father, who asked would he provide Friday with lessons. It is here they fell in love.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Mexico is amazing, my flight arrived late at the airport (which I am going to rank as new favourite airport) putting Koh Samui now in 2 and Southampton in 3. I rank based on ease and speed of getting from the front door to being seated and vice versa (I don’t count plane delays or Southampton with fly maybe would not be up there) … Mexico City airport is modern, efficient it took 10 mins to get off, go through customs, grab luggage, another customs check, drugs check (due to Sth America trip) and out the door, brilliant.
I then went to a taxi transfer stand, booked a trip downtown $205 pesos (circa £10). The man grabbed my luggage we went out and waited for a cab, but there was none from his firm, waited 5 mins while he went off somewhere, turns out he went to another cab firm, so off I went in cab company number two, when I hopped in the man handed me an envelope, which I opened in the back of the cab it was $10 pesos with a note that said the second company was cheaper than his, and here was the difference back. I could not believe it. Honest folk those Mexicans.
Christ the Redeemeer , Sugar Loaf , Apartment of new friend, Hotel balcony Copacabana
CBT - x
Friday, 16 December 2011
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Following the market, off to Sugarloaf mountain, the cable cars are split into two journeys, and believe me they are freakin’ high! Yet I felt completely calm about the ride. Now given three week earlier I closed my eyes on the Hyde Park winter wonderland ferris wheel, I am starting to think I need to talk to someone.
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Monday, 12 December 2011
When she walks, she's like a samba. That swings so cool and sways so gentle. That when she passes, each one she passes goes - ooh
Okay .. so the description is a little way out ... :-) but I am in bloomin´ Rio .. Ipanema to be exact, move to the hottest spot north of Havana in a couple of days, (Copacabana).
I love love love Rio, cosmopolitan, tropical, relaxed, fun, cocktails, scenic, sexy ... just a quick story, longer blog later ... in London Boris J has established (what has become known as Boris´ bikes) pushies that you swipe your visa and you can pick up ride and drop off at many many many points across London. I discovered Boris bikes Rio style following circa 12 Cuba Libres, after a very drunken ride through Ipanema and Copacabana, and me not remembering much, the gent on reception reminded me this morning, that ´my´ bike is parked in the luggage storage room ... oh my ... (I am sure I am too old for this) ...
anyway few snaps of the glorious beaches (click on the links) Copacabana and Ipanema beach
CBT - x
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Check the pics out here Recoleta & Eva
It is an equestrian show, combined with dance and music that tells the story of Buenos Aires . There are over 50 artists and horses, and it was seriously one of the most breath-taking shows I have ever seen, fights, horses falling over (all staged).. etc .. gobsmacking..
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Posting this as I sip iced tea in Buenos Aires ! Hola ...
Before I update on the ´road trip´ though, I must sign out of London .... (keeping this brief about to head to Tigre)! The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of farewells, emotion and mmmm you guessed it champagne and cocktails and funnily enough champagne cocktails !
aside from all the bits you have to do when leaving your current life, not to mention the time still being consumed by the police stuff, the last couple of weeks have been full of debauchery ... of which I have no regrets.... read on !