1. And well, apart from the milk my time here in Catalunya has been pretty awesome…..revisiting my favourites: Costa Brava, Hombres G, Castellers, the gold specks in the blue mediterranean ocean here, Eixample, montaditos, lemon beer, leche merenguada ice cream, Parc Guell, Montjuic, Ramblas, checking in on Sagrada Familia….and even bumping into a particular trumpeting busker in the metro that I grew fond of 2 years back :)


  2. As someone who drank soy milk most of her life and had a hard time transitioning back to the taste of cow milk, I must say I’m over the moon with Spanish milk. So yummy!!


  3. "on the way to somebody’s house for dinner, I stuff several books into my handbag for…well, for what? Can I really not manage a brief subway ride without textual support? Is that normal?"

    My name is Nicole and I am a pathological reader: 5 books plus a guidebook are currently globe trotting with me for 3 weeks. And as much as I get lonely travelling alone, I must say I love getting to crack open my book whenever I want— over dinner, over 1 metro stop, in the middle of the day when I’m tired of touristing….


  4. "You will learn that sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, HURT. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness. That it is possible to fall asleep during an anxiety attack."
    — David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (via avvfvl)

    (Source: allmymetaphors, via nogreatillusion)


  5. healthybrain-healthybody:


    girls, who were bullied most of their life and gain confidence at one point, should be feared most because they dont take anyone’s shit no longer and they will destroy you if you think otherwise

    Word, plus they’be learnt not to need nobody or nobody’s permission to be wjo they are

    (via poetryoverprose)



  7. strangers-project:

    It was something I realized in retrospect, but she had the kind of smile that you can only have if you’ve really suffered. It’s sort of hard to explain—like when you come back from despair you can laugh more deeply and the smallest bit of contentment means everything. I’ve seen such genuine depth in so few smiles that I knew she was special even if I didn’t fully understand why.

    Over the course of an hour (the time it took for me to perform her medical procedure) I learned that she had been a child during WWII in England, and she had learned the proper way to respond to bomb scares from the numerous times she’d dealt with them. So when she encountered one here in NY working in a music building filled with children, she was the person who lined everyone up and evacuated the whole building. Later in life, it wasn’t a bomb but a fire that took her husband and house. She awoke from a coma to find herself widowed and homeless.

    "You have to laugh, or you’ll cry." were some of her first words to me. She also said, "It rains on the just and the unjust alike but more on the just, because the unjust have the just’s umbrellas." She couldn’t remember who that quote was by—I think it was Cormac McCarthy—but she swore by it enough that it should have been hers. I don’t know her story. I don’t know how she survived when she came out of her coma, and I don’t know how she got to where she is today. But I do know that she laughed more than anyone else I’ve ever met, and her laugh was beautiful.


  8. "I hope you all find yourselves sleeping with someone you love, maybe not all of the time, but a lot of the time. The touch of a foot in the night is sincere. I hope you like your work, I hope there’s mystery and poetry in your life — not even poems, but patterns. I hope you can see them. Often these patterns will wake you up, and you will know that you are alive, again and again."
    — Eileen Myles, “Universal Cycle.” The Importance of Being Iceland. (via winesburgohio)

    (via nogreatillusion)


  9. southernshellsandweddingbells:


    (Source: bowsbrosandbacrdi, via jesstify)


  10. "Professionalism is a funny term, because it masquerades as neutral despite being loaded with immense oppression. As a concept, professionalism is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, imperialist and so much more — and yet people act like professionalism is non-political. Bosses across the country constantly tell their employees to ‘act professionally’ without a second thought. Wear a garment that represents your non-Western culture to work? Your boss may tell you it’s unprofessional. Wear your hair in braids or dreadlocks instead of straightened? That’s probably unprofessional too. Wear shoes that are slightly scuffed because you can’t yet afford new ones? People may not think you’re being professional either."