As I get drunk off of just the aroma of this red wine,
I indulge in the fantasy of having you in my arms.

I normally walk hurriedly as I’m being stalked by time,
But then comes a respite that comes with my daydreams.

Jennifer Prufer

[:en]Madrid at Night (Photography)

Madrid becomes a far more interesting city at night.

One cool autumn night in 2011, I stepped out of my apartment to get some air, and somehow ended up walking around the city for an hour. The pictures aren’t bad considering I didn´t have a tripod, and used a point and shoot camera. Hope you enjoy the night photography! Evening photographs to come soon.

Reina Sofia Museum Madrid
The Reina Sofia Museum at night

Madrid Reina Sofia and Food Vendor
A man selling roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes in front of the Reina Sofia Museum.

Atocha Station
The old facade of the Atocha Station

Sculpted Pillar
Although the architecture in Madrid isn’t as fascinating as in Barcelona or Granada, you’ll often discover beautiful details such as in this pillar.

National Museum of Anthropology Madrid
The National Museum of Anthropology of Madrid, with the Latin phrase Nosce te ipsum (know thyself) inscribed in the entrance.

Madrid Teatro Español
The Teatro Español is a public theater in Plaza de Santa Ana.

Retiro at night
Beautiful street lamps in Retiro Park

Retiro Park Ducks
Ducks swimming in the lake in Retiro Park

Puerta de Alcalá
Puerta de Alcalá, designed by Francesco Sabatini, who had a profound impact in Madrid architecture

Palacio de Linares
Palace of Linares, which also serves as a venue for Casa de América, is one of my favorite buildings in Madrid. According to legend, it is haunted.

Plaza de Cibeles
Right near Palacio de Linares is the Cibeles Palace. Real Madrid members and fans gather at the Fountain of Cibeles when they win championships such as La Liga or the Copa del Rey.

Metropolis Building on Gran Via
The Metropolis Building on Gran Via is often featured in Madrid postcards.

Madrid Night Photography
Somewhere around Plaza de Cibeles

Madrid At Night
Beautiful gate somewhere on Gran Via.

Hotel Atlantico Madrid
Hotel Atlantico, Madrid

Food Vendor Plaza de España
Food Vendor at Plaza de España

Templo de Debod
Temple of Debod at night

Plaza de España
From the park near the Temple of Debod


Why Travel

Image from plane

Traveling helps me stay creative.

My mind becomes stagnant if my body is stagnant. After traveling, you notice that everything around you are manifestations of systems and products and culture created by others, e.g., the width of sidewalks, number of standard meals a day and their portions, tipping and pricing, decency, courtesy, and beauty. The ability to recognize the status quo and the potential keeps me creative.

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When I Feel Lost and Unmotivated

Here are some words of wisdom I turn to when I feel unmotivated.

Time and its limited supply:

Time is Not a Limitless Commodity – I so rarely find young professionals that have a heightened sense of urgency to get to the next level. In our 20s we think we have all the time in the world to A) figure it out and B) get what we want. Time is the only treasure we start off with in abundance, and can never get back. Make the most of the opportunities you have today, because there will be a time when you have no more of it. -Jason Nazar,

Five top regrets of those who are dying:

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How I Became Fluent in Spanish in Six Months

Within six months of living in Albacete, Spain, I began to speak Spanish fluently. I did not take Spanish classes during that period. The people I met right after my move to Spain were blown away by my level of Spanish after three months, during which I experienced a sort of language explosion (parents should be familiar with this phenomenon). I should admit, however, that I did not start exactly from zero.

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My Jamaica Trip: Day 5

Day 5 June 11th 2013 Ocho Rios Montego Bay Miami New York

I jumped out of bed spontaneously. How did I not hear the alarm that should’ve went off twice? How did I wake myself up? We only had had two hours of sleep after returning to the hotel drunk, but managed to get ready within 10 minutes to catch the cab to go to Montego Bay Airport.

There were only a handful of cars that we saw on the road before getting to Montego Bay. The sun was slowly creeping up, and Onyxcia was fast asleep in the back of the cab. The serenity was a perfect backdrop to the conversation I had with Jason, our cab driver.

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