Weekly Post

Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv.

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The challenge this week is to share a photo that contains all the colours of the rainbow (or an actual rainbow).

If I am honest, I could not have asked for a better theme this week as today marks the start of the annual Hogueras (Bonfires) Festival in Alicante. The Bonfires of San Juan is a spectacularly colourful event where the people of Alicante, and its surrounding areas, take to the streets in droves in order to ring in the summer in the only way they know how – with a party.Alicante16 Alicante15

Las Hogueras is a celebration of music, colour, art, fireworks and extravagance which, to give them credit, only Spanish people can pull off with such class! So, with all that said and done, it´s time for this week´s theme: the colours of the rainbow. Here is my take on the challenge, I hope you enjoy!

So, there you have it, my colourful entry into the weekly challenge this week. If you liked it, and would like to see some more,click here to be brought to the challenge page.

Just a quick little note before I go. I have managed to be featured on Expats Blog, a site which brings the expat community together, and I need your help.
My link is lacking some comments. If you have the time, and you enjoy my blog, please go to this site, vote for my blog and leave a little comment. It will only take a minute and I would really appreciate the support. Thanks very much.
http://www.expatsblog.com/blogs/6591/chasing-butterflies-sunshine-and-freedom

Hope you all are having a great day.

Thank you for reading and I will talk to you in my next post.

Giana xoxo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Off- Season.

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The challenge this week is to share a photo that expresses what “off-season” means to you.

Off-season is quite an unusual challenge but a good one to ease me back into the realm of the weekly challenge again. My entry may not be the most original entry but I went with the first idea that came into my head. I felt it was a winner. I figure the first thought that comes into your head is normally what the topic means to you anyway so; why fight it?

One place that I fail to grow tired of is the beach, especially during off-season. I relish the beach during this period and each time I go I have my trusty little camera in tow ready to snap anything that comes my way.

I just love how calming the beach is, it´s the one place where hours seem to pass like minutes. I just love rocking up with my little towel, my camera and a notebook to spend some of the most peaceful few hours I could ask for, bliss. Who needs expensive retreats when you have a beach on your doorstep?

Enough rambling, time to share some of the photos that I feel capture off-season at its best. I do hope you enjoy them.

So, there you have it, my humble entry into the weekly challenge this week. If you liked it, and would like to see some more,click here to be brought to the challenge page.

Just a quick little note before I go. I have managed to be featured on Expats Blog, a site which brings the expat community together, and I need your help.
My link is lacking some comments. If you have the time, and you enjoy my blog, please go to this site, vote for my blog and leave a little comment. It will only take a minute and I would really appreciate the support. Thanks very much.
http://www.expatsblog.com/blogs/6591/chasing-butterflies-sunshine-and-freedom

Hope you all are having a great day.

Thank you for reading and I will talk to you in my next post.

Giana xoxo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh.

The challenge this week is to : “share a photo that expresses something fresh.”

Freshness is such a powerful concept, not only is it powerful but it is also something which holds a different meaning for each individual.  Freshness to you maybe about trying to fix something that´s broken, starting over or creating something better. To someone else it could be about the beauty of the morning air, the way the light dances through the trees at midday or the refreshing quality of nature in general. There´s no doubt that whatever your take on the theme may be, it will be beautiful and inspiring.

For me, freshness at its best is that first breath of morning air, the sound of the birds tweeting and the beauty that surrounds that moment. The Photo, or should I say photos, that I have chosen to convey this challenge are a mixture of the beauty of nature and a fresh look at the world around me.

I´m lucky to live in a country area where every morning brings with it a different breath of freshness, usually involving sunshine. This weekend, however, the weather was most certainly not conducive to the beautiful images of light and grace that I had envisaged when I first read this challenge.  In saying that, the stormy weather brought with it a new kind of light, an endearing one, one which sparked my creativity and forced me to re-evaluate my idea of freshness.

So, here are the end results of stepping outside my ideal of light and grace and challenging myself to take a fresh look at the area around me. I hope you like the results as much as I do!

So, there you have it, my humble entry into the weekly challenge this week. If you liked it, and would like to see some more,click here to be brought to the challenge page.

Bringing freshness to its source

Bringing freshness to its source

Just a quick little note before I go. I have managed to be featured on Expats Blog, a site which brings the expat community together, and I need your help.
My link is lacking some comments. If you have the time, and you enjoy my blog, please go to this site, vote for my blog and leave a little comment. It will only take a minute and I would really appreciate the support. Thanks very much.
http://www.expatsblog.com/blogs/6591/chasing-butterflies-sunshine-and-freedom

Hope you all are having a great day.

Thank you for reading and I will talk to you in my next post.

Giana xoxo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

The challenge this week is: “to share an image of a wall that reveals a place, people, or you.”

As a child, I found myself continuously amused at the saying:

 “If only these walls could talk…the world would know just how hard it is to tell the truth in a story in which everyone’s a liar.”

It´s funny how some sayings stick with you. The minute I saw this challenge not only did this quote spring to mind but also, surprisingly, Tangier.

Tangier, for me at least, is a perfect example of this, particularly as you wandered through the Medina and its crumbling buildings. The Medina, filled with character, has a magical quality about it. Walking through it is like being in a different era. However, while the guides focus on selling the hustle and bustle of this wondrous place, highlighting its excitement and vitality, your gaze cannot help but be drawn to the tragic dilapidation of its buildings and their crumbling walls. Especially if you have just come from Tangier´s modern zone which is the epitome of wealth.

This stark contrast of poverty and wealth immediately stirs up a sense of curiosity, so much so that these crumbling walls begin to take on a new meaning. They begin to reveal the pain, struggle and suffering that they have witnessed and, if you are anything like me, you find yourself asking: just how many secrets are hiding behind this rubble. Oh, “if only these walls could talk…”

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So, there you have it, my humble entry into the weekly challenge this week. If you liked it, and would like to see some more,click here to be brought to the challenge page.

Just a quick little note before I go. I have managed to be featured on Expats Blog, a site which brings the expat community together, and I need your help.
My link is lacking some comments. If you have the time, and you enjoy my blog, please go to this site, vote for my blog and leave a little comment. It will only take a minute and I would really appreciate the support. Thanks very much.
http://www.expatsblog.com/blogs/6591/chasing-butterflies-sunshine-and-freedom

Hope you all are having a great day.

Thank you for reading and I will talk to you in my next post.

Giana xoxo

How lovely: Look what´s come round again!

A big thank you to Eva over at Healthy Glow Nutrition for my second nomination!

It´s happened again, one more thing to remind me how great the WordPress community is. It´s hard to believe that I only started this blog a few months ago; I´ve made so many new friends through the community that it seems I´ve been here so much longer!

I have to say one of the best things about blogging, apart from being able to record my life journey, is the other bloggers. When I started this blog, as I mentioned before, I did so for myself; to help me remember all the key moments in my life and to share them with others.

Now; my blog is so much more to me. My blog not only helps me focus on the positives in my life but has also opened so many doors for me, it´s introduced me to so many amazing people all over the world who, without the blog, I would never have met. So thank you, my new-found friends, for your constant encouragement and support, it means so much.

Thank you to Eva over at Healthy Glow Nutrition for kindly nominating me, it´s an honour to receive a nomination from such a lovely person. I´ve only just come to know Eva but, from what I´ve read in her blog, she is a very talented blogger and, with Eva nominated, I´m in good company with my nomination.

Seven things about me:

Number one: I´m addicted to taking photos. I´m not a very good photographer, nor am I lucky enough to have a good camera.  I´m still dreaming of the day I hold a cannon digital SLR in my hands, any model will do, I´m not fussy – yet! But I love photos. I spend my whole life taking snaps, mainly because I have a terrible memory and fear I´ll forget but also because it brings me so much joy, it relaxes me. So; amateur and untalented as I may be, it makes me happy and I´m afraid I won´t give up happiness for anything!

Number two: I´m a book-worm who forgets everything I read! I´m afraid books are most likely wasted on me. I absolutely love reading, always have. I spend hours reading but sadly, I also spend hours forgetting. I wish I was one of those people who was able to retain everything I´ve read, I do try to train myself. I know my favourite books, I´ve read them over and over in an attempt to retain the content but still fail to retain it all. I will give you the jist of books but never retain the detail!

Number three: I´m a teacher. Most of you will know that but those of you who are new to my blog may not. I teach english as a foreign language: yes I´m aware that I should have a better grasp on the English language than I do, seeing as I teach it, but I´m getting there! Life is a constant learning path, what knowledge I lack now I will gain in the future but I´ll constantly be learning, nobody is perfect, nobody knows everything!

Number four: I dream of travelling the world. It´s always been my biggest dream to travel the world and some day I will! I have started in the most beautiful country so there´s no stopping me now!

Number five: I love dogs and miss mine so much! All through my childhood we had dogs, four dogs in total. Sadly they are no longer with us and I miss them so much. I wish I could have dogs again but sadly, with my lifestyle, it would be cruel to have a dog. I live in an apartment, spend a good twelve hours a day at work and at weekends I´m never at home. To have a dog you need to have time to spend with them and space for them to run about. So, for now at least, my doggie dreams are on hold but, hopefully, some day I will have them again!

Number six: I believe that you should treat everyone with the same respect you would like to be treated with yourself. Put yourself in the other persons shoes, how would you feel? If you wouldn´t like it, then why expose someone else to that kind of treatment. I´m not perfect, I´m not an angel but I do try my best to follow that step.

Number seven: I miss my friends. The only thing I would change about living in Spain is the distance between my friends and I. I´m blessed to have some great friends who always encourage and support me, especially in difficult times. So thank you for always being there for me, especially lately, you are amazing.

The blogs I have chosen to nominate:

Seeing as this is my second nomination, I have already nominated 15 blogs that I felt were worthy of the nomination, I will leave the link to the previous post here so you can see them.

Since my last nomination I have discovered some new blogs which I, for the want of a better word, stalk. However, most of these have been nominated several times for this award and feel like I would be plaguing them by nominating them again.

I have decided to mention a few, in no particular order, who have not received the award before but really do deserve it. So, if I have not mentioned you but you know I stalk you, that´s why; you already have the award!

Pseu´s Blog : a blog that has been nominated for several awards but, as of yet, not the “One Lovely Blog Award”.

What´s (in) the picture:a beautiful photo blog run by a photographer, Chris, who has the most impressive list of cameras I´ve read in a while. I´m not sure if Chris has been nominated before, I´m a new follower but admire his work.

Another day in paradise: a beautiful blog, run by a very caring woman, which has received numerous awards but, from what I can see, has yet to receive the “One lovely Blog Award”. 

Lonely Girl Travels:  A fantastic read, a newly discovered blog but instantly loved it, a great writing style.

Truantry:  Another new add to my reading list but a good one if I do say so myself.

Have you ever received a blog award? What do you think of them?

As always, thank you for reading,

Until the next time,

Giana

xoxo