Friday, January 15, 2016

Southern views #3: The Anti-Mall


On the last day of my visit to Orlando my sister took me to an oasis of hope and I am ever so grateful! This place is called Artegon and it is located inside a mall that fell into disuse so instead of leaving it to fall apart the owners and the city agreed to make it into a space for artisan vendors to set up shops. The results are awesome! There are a lot of sweet little shops selling soap and local honey and vintage clothes etcetera but my favorite store at the anti-mall is a little shop that’s specializes in bonsai trees, terrariums, and planters. I also like the ropes course in the middle of the atrium and I love that dogs are allowed in the anti-mall. A very cool initiative in a world filled with big box stores selling sameness (ugh). 
These art pieces were made by a local artist name Skip.
 



Monday, January 11, 2016

Esperanza

I took these photos at La Muestra Nacional, Viejo San Juan, PR Sum 15'

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Southern views #2

Southern nature and wild life is truly spectacular! During our time there we took full advantage of the "nature scene" and it  made our experience all the richer. (And plus: there is ample research showing a positive correlation between spending time in nature (outdoors) and the alleviation/reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, it even lowers blood pressure)!
The previous photos were taken at Blue Springs State Park, Florida. How many animals can you spot in the last photograph?
 
                    These (top) photos were taken at the Merritt Island National Refuge

 
We took a 2-hour guided kayak tour of Winter Park's lakes and canals with Joe the owner of Peace of Mind Kayak Tours (see previous photos). This tour is worth every penny and we highly recommend it!




Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Southern views #1

We decided to drive south for the holidays and it was a very interesting road trip indeed! I have always been fascinated by the funky rest stops and bizarre road side attractions that dot U.S. highways and roads and South of the Border's sheer weirdness didn't disappoint (see the evidence below, hehehe).