Day one in Spain

So I´m sitting in my hotel lobby in the middle of Madrid. That was a cool sentence to write.  Madrid is beautiful; with statues, fountains, and beautiful walks everywhere.  We arrived late last night and were exhausted. The first plane ride (from Vancouver to Amsterdam) was about 9 hours.  The food was relatively good for a plane.  But they really should not serve the breakfast just before doing an extended and bumpy landing.  I got about three hours of sleep on the plane.  Four hours in Amsterdam airport were pretty boring.  There was nothing to do beyond the security check point other than drink at the pubs.  Though before we passed that we did go into a few stores.  You´d think that a “gadget store” which sold mainly mp3 players wouldn´t have sex toys, but then you´d be wrong.  Weird.  Anyway, I fell asleep in the airport for about an hour.  The flight to Madrid was blessedly short.  I slept again on the plane. We got to Madrid and after a wild taxi ride through the town we got to our hotel, checked in, and went for a walk.  Apparently everyone here walks in the evenings.  All of the cafes and such are open late.  We stopped and had a tortilla which was way too big and a nice glass of wine.  All in all a good evening.  Could have slept better last night, but ahh well. After a wonderful breakfast this morning I´m sitting here writing this, and in just a few minutes I´ll be off to the Prado. Enjoy.

Books of old

As some may have noticed, I’ve been reading books which I’ve read before.  Yep.  Most of the books in my “just read” list are ones that I’ve read before.  Why?  Well I decided that I’d read the same books with new eyes.  And it’s great.  I’m picking up things I completely missed.  It’s given me a greater appreciation for many authors.  It has also let me know which aren’t as good as I remember.  Why am I saying this?  Well, I’d like to challenge everyone to pick up a book you remember liking in high school.  I promise you you’ll learn something new. Now I’m going to sleep.  -Noah

iSellout

Had an interesting discussion the other day at school.  We were talking about someones iPod Nano, which is awesome, and we got onto the topic of the iPhone. I want one.  I really really want one.  It won’t be available in Canada for at least two years, but I want one.  I sounded like such a fan-boy when I was talking about it.  But they’re cool.  Commercially viable multi-touch screens, a smart-phone without the crappy mini keyboard, an iPod that I can claim is almost practical, it’s just sweet. Of course it was at this point that someone brought up the term iSellout to describe myself and one of the other people (Megan, if you wanted a name).  Megan replied that she wouldn’t mind walking down the street with her iPhone and her Starbucks while wearing a (insert trendyish designer that I can’t remember here) scarf. Have I become an iSellout?  I don’t know.  I had Starbucks the other day.  I tend to wear either a plain solid colour t-shirt or a black button up shirt (coloured if it’s an important day), I carry a cell phone on my hip, a laptop in my bag, and sometimes a PDA in my pocket  Though I prefer local coffee shops, I don’t actually plan my clothing in an attempt to look casual-business (business-casual is now the new business attire, so people have to be a bit more casual and a bit less business hence casual-business), and I don’t own an mp3 player let alone an iPod. But if I had the chance to, I would buy an iPhone in a second.  Starbucks jokes be damned. For 30sec of apple based humor go here.  It’s a one page spoof of apple.  Was just thinking, they have so many moods to choose from, but I keep thinking of weird and totally not PC ones to add.  Hmmm… maybe I’ll save those for another day. Enjoy.  Now go to sleep.