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voyage de triomphe [28 Jul 2007|02:34am]
[ mood | excited ]

So after alot of traveling and train rides, I'm now in Paris.
I love this city. Especially since I can understand the language. I liked Frankfurt, where I stayed for 2 days, but I knew like 10 words in german. And Italian is too complicated. Even if spanish is close to it... it's not close enough!!

Paris is amazing. I've been practicing my french indeed, and it makes getting around so much easier. I wish I was here for longer... I come back to the EEUU tomorrow. But I still have time to visit one out of... 70 museums here. Crazy.

Anywho, update when I get back to the western hemisphere.

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rome is way too hot [20 Jul 2007|07:38pm]
[ mood | relaxed ]

So I left London on wednesday, midday. I was sad to leave, it's really nice and shopping is a pleasure (though really, really expensive). We had plans to go to rome, so after a hassle and a half to buy train tickets, we went to Paris, where I immediately fell in love, and then after a few hours of unsuccessful translation and more hassle, we bought overnight tickets for a train that went to Rome.

So after spending about 16 hours traveling, I'm in Rome now. Those euro trains were AMAZING. Well, not really, we shared a tiny, tight cabin with bunkbeds with a sri lankan who didn't wear any deodorant and reeked our entire cabin the entire night. But the cabin things were neat, and the availability of food in an all-food cabin. And different languages spoken all around me. Teh awesome!!

Rome is just as beautiful as it was 6 (high school was so long ago) years ago when I last went. Though now I walked and did more sightseeing and took more pictures than evar. My legs are almost worn out and tomorrow we're going to Pompeii... I need to go shopping already. At least the euro is slightly better than the pound.

I have limited time in the cafe, thus I must go for now.

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mind the gap [16 Jul 2007|10:58am]
[ mood | excited ]

London is fab. Quite glorious.

I've been here 24 hours and I'm just getting adjusted to the tube, the opposite direction of traffic, and the coinage. It's complicated!! In the tube I was walking for a while against human traffic and it took me 5 seconds to realize the fact. Teehee.

I went to the touristy spot with my mom and her boyfriend yesterday, did the eye of london, walked around, saw westminster, etc etc. It was really nice.

Soho is huge and fab. There's some park near here and supposedly some bars. I'm not carrying a map with me; I'll just stroll wherever. I wanted to go shopping but I was told that France was better for my size, apparently. And the euro exchange is slightly better.

That's all for now from this wonderful £1/hour internet cafe. Someone is asking repeatedly in an obvious American accent "Where's the 'at' key???" lolz.

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<3 sainte catherine [13 May 2007|03:20pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

I love montréal.

I've done alot of walking around, talked and made friends with locals and foreigners, gone on random outings, clubbing, tried having small conversations in french... it's amazing. Montréal (and Quebec, I think, or Canada pretty much) is like a paradise. I love this way of living... it's bilingual (sort of, it's alot more French than English), so much diversity, people here are alot more laid back on alot of things than the states, the university and music scene is amazing, the city is big enough, big gay scene, lots of countryside near by, the people are quite nice, legal age is 18, the politics...

That's pretty much what I gathered in three days. I'd probably need more time, like a month or three to fully judge, but I got an excellent first impression. Also, I've only stuck around downtown.

I return to miami tomorrow night (monday)....... to start a class on wednesday and hopefully starting the internship if they hire me. And seeing how living in downtown goes. Exciting, exciting.

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montreal [10 May 2007|07:23pm]
[ mood | sick ]

After a very stressful 2 weeks of exams, and an additional level of stress of rushing to pack up my dorm room and pack for my trip, I have finally escaped Miami and flew up to Montreal today!!

Except I'm really exhausted and ended up getting sick yesterday. I'm deaf since my ears are infected and sinus and headache and etc etc. But I made it. And now I shall go to a grocery store, buy some food, eat it, and pass the fuck out. Tomorrow I have tours at McGill... it should be pretty exciting.

I think my french should get better. :)

I'm staying at a very nice dorm which is set up apartment style, but I'm roommateless. So that's nice for $35 canadian a night.

Excluding the fact that I feel like death, I'm loving it. More later.

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green day [20 Apr 2007|12:01am]
[ mood | bouncy ]

Happy 4/20 everyone.

My friday will be especially busy. I have class from 9-12 and then 1:25-4 pm, including a performance with my jazz string quartet. Then, I have an interview at 4:30 pm for the national gay and lesbian task force internship (yay!!). And then after that I'm not sure, but there are some things planned. It's my mom's birthday as well, but her boyfriend will be in surgery the same day. So I have no idea what's going on. What a big day! She's turning 50... that's crazy.

Steve Reich was on campus yesterday and today... I attended one of his lectures and his concert, which was absolutely amazing. I love him. I have to write a paper on him for my 20th century techniques class, which is very appropriate, considering we're studying him now. Timing is so great sometimes.

Montreal is 3 weeks away! And I want to go to lollapalooza in chicago in august soooooo bad. I might go. Daft Punk is playing along with like 100 other bands. Amazing. My bank account is screwed.

'Tis all, happy friday.

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todo a su tiempo [15 Jan 2007|03:13pm]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

Yay for a new userpic. :) I rode a horse with a sombrero on my head in El Parque del Cafe last monday.

I miss my family alot. I think I'm going back to colombia in june. lol. Only if I'm not doing something important like going to europe.

Anywho, this is a really quick post, stating that I'm simply denying the fact that I actually have classes tomorrow. I've been really lazy these past few days and have not uploaded any fotos, fixed my luggage, packed... I have to move to the dorms tonight. Ugh. I really want to move to an apartment soon.

Must keep on packing. Post later.

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"gurl, you can get a ride home, can't you?" [19 Oct 2006|12:26pm]
[ mood | relieved ]

Yay for margaret cho.

So. These past 2 or 3 weeks have been a blur of work, music, play, wishing I was in france, wishing I was somewhere else in general, and midterms. I've only gone home once, for a couple of hours, which is insane, because home is like 12 miles away. Hopefully I raped the biology test this morning, which was my last midterm, so I can finally breathe. I still have a bunch of little shit to do, but once that's done, and it's 6:15 post meridiem, I am screaming and ready to party.
First of all, there's no school tomorrow. That really means something to me because my fridays consist of classes from 9-4:30 pm with one hour break.
Second, patrick is here for the weekend, so tonight will be fabulous.
Third, eric invited me to go to halloween horror nights with him tomorrow, so I bought a cheap ticket, thus I will be in central florida tomorrow! We're stopping by UF to pick up some kids, then spending the night in orlando, then spending the next night in gainesville. True!!
So if you're in central florida, holla at your boy, perhaps we can have un petit rendez-vous.

I'm really happy to be getting out of fucking miami for a few days. And my mom told me that she might go skiing during thanksgiving break. It's not set yet, but hopefully I can go with her.
Speaking of traveling, I still need to get my passport, probably expedited, since I can't risk not having it by the time I go to colombia in december.
Sigh. I need to make friends/lovers with flight attendants or pilots.

My spanish is vastly improving. I've been talking to a peruvian boy almost every night online via skype, and in as little as 2 weeks, I can speak clearer and faster. Hopefully by the time I go to colombia I won't be such a gringo, like last time.
And my french, well, that's going at a moderate rate. I haven't been talking to francophones lately, or watched french movies, but I think I'll buy some children's books.

Okay, back to reality, two assignments due today.

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F major is my favorite major [01 Oct 2006|12:45pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

I had bought tickets for the death cab for cutie concert in november, but I just found out that I have an orchestra concert that same fucking night. This makes me really, really sad. On a monday of all days.
At least I can still go to Bang! on 11/11. Those tickets were expensive.

The music school has taken up much of my time this weekend, as I had a multitude of rehearsals, and I have another concert today whose rehearsal is in an hour. Thus I had to miss out on alot of cool things this weekend. Oh well.

Other than that, life is good. I received a new battery for my mac, and the battery itself isn't overheating, but the rest of the computer is still pretty hot, temperature wise. And otherwise.

I found my best friend from 1st and 2nd grade in new york on facebook! We've been messaging each other, and this makes me so happy since I haven't heard from him in 12 years. I'm glad to hear he's doing well along with his twin brother who I also was friends with, and he's attending CUNY. I miss NYC alot.

I'm making plans for this summer. I've been really wanting to go to france, specifically paris, to study for some time. I think the summer is the only time I can do so, so I've been looking at the american university of paris program for the summer. It would be really cool if I could.

Umm, I have a concert now. If anybody wants to buy a death cab ticket, holla at me or something.

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[17 Sep 2006|10:17pm]
[ mood | pensive ]

Today is my cousin's 12th birthday. Today also marks the 12th anniversary of my first piano lesson.

Ew, why am I listening to beethoven? This piece is actually really nice, and quite popular. I found it in the Sensual Classics album, an album of 10 romantic pieces ranging from fauré to schubert to tchaikovsky to mozart. And it has 2 half naked guys on the cover and on the inside sleeve. Hah...
I mean, that's not really why I have it. The pieces are really good. Erm.

Tomorrow I have class from 9 to 3:30 with no breaks. Joy.

Today, my cousin had the first half of his birthday at a paintball field in homestead with some family and friends. I haven't played paintball in so long, but it was alot of fun. I felt like I was in the counterstrike game, sort of. And I got a big bruise on the inside of my elbow. It hurt like a bitch when I was shot, but it seems to be doing well now. After it changed forms 132 times in 6 hours.
Why does my uncle feel so comfortable spending time with his ex-wife and her current lover, and vice versa? That is so strange. I like how there's no drama, but it's so weird. In my colombian family, people HATE their exes (and their families) with a passion, i.e. my mom and my dad, my other uncle and aunt, etc. It's exactly like all those spanish soap operas.
Except this only happens in my family in miami. My family in NYC and most in colombia are doing pretty well. Weird.

Why do people need to scream in my hallway? Ugh.
I need to buy milk tonight. I need my daily oatmeal.
I have straight hair! My stylist did one of those relaxer things. And my hair makes me really happy. Pictures to come.
I think this week will be good.

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[12 Sep 2006|10:22pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Check this guitar trio out. Vivaldi's double violin concerto on 3 guitars. Pretty hott.

Umm... I'm alive, yes. School is busy, most of the time. Blah. Classes. Meetings. Whatever.

I've decided that I really, really want to go to france (more specifically, paris) as an exchange student sometime in the next two years. I've been wanting to study abroad since freshman year; my first idea was spain, but that fell through. I've consulted the study abroad department, and I got most of my questions answered. If everything goes right, I would study in spring 2008, which is my last semester, though I would walk for graduation fall 2007, since the semester in france is from february to june. And I'd have to get a french minor. I have to talk to music deans and advisors to make sure that I can. Hopefully it will work out.

I haven't gotten another bar job as of yet, but I'm not looking currently. Ozone contacted me but they only have wednesday and sunday nights available for me, which are terrible nights for me, obviously. But my psychology department job is doing just fine.

Hmm. Not much else to say at the moment. Except my air conditioning needs to stop being a bitch and stop leaking. And I'm getting sick of the freaking loud female basketball players on my floor. I need sleep, crankiness is emerging.

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omg shopping [06 Aug 2006|09:06pm]
[ mood | hyper ]

At first I was not excited at all about my room for this coming year. But as the time gets closer for move in, and the longer I stay at home, I can't wait any longer. And I've recently procured some things, such as this and some drapes. And I've decided that I want my cubby hole of a room to be really awesome, in a sort of simple way. So, I'm making a small, but growing shopping list:
- rope lights
- speakers (I've decided that mine suck hard)
- other, miscellaneous lights (I hate ceiling lights with a deep passion)
- coffee maker
- sound panels

I've decided not to bring my desktop or a tv, and I'm not bringing my fridge, for there will be one much bigger than mine in the room. I will have to bring glassware and such, and buy a wide variety of beverages.
I'm going to orlando in a week and a half for a few days with some family from the father's side. Talk about a chongo vacation. But I've decided to accept my dad's invitation, only because my cousin is going as well. I'll be going up there in his car, but I'm flying down back to miami because theyre leaving a few days after I have to move in.
I'm going, after I shower, with matt and friends to the grove and enjoy a bottle of dom perignon, courtesy of matt. Very random thing to do on a sunday night, but very, very nice. Hopefully I'll be able to make it to work tomorrow morning.
Work is fine. I get to steal some things from there, such as empty bottles of expensive liquor, window curtains, end tables, and neon signs that would be great in my room. So I got excited. And for the bottles... it's pretty cheesy and really college-y, but whatever. :)
I hope my roommate is at least decent. It won't matter too much, as our rooms will be divided by a long wall and a curtain.
Umm... yeah. This entry was mostly for me. I must shower now.

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"how's your hole?" [26 Jul 2006|11:29am]
[ mood | crazy ]

So the gay bar that I mentioned that I emailed... I went last night to be interviewed. The interview was in boca (a freaking hour drive) at this nice club, but made sure that the location I was applying for was south beach. The interview went really well, I had a nice conversation with the man, and he asked me to stay at the club for the rest of the night and chill at the bar and watch the one woman/fag-hag act. That lady was hysterical, a 65 year old fag hag singing standards, 50's, and comedic numbers directed to a gay audience. The audience was VERY small, but it was a tuesday night. The owner told me to call on monday and he would schedule me for hours.
Which means, I got a job at a gay bar on south beach.

I'm still incredibly shocked. I wasn't expecting a job like this at all.
I guess I'll find out on monday exactly what I'll be doing. I'm still not certain if I'm going to bartend or assist the bartenders. I'll be most likely doing the latter first. But it's fucking exciting.

Boca is weird. Everyone seems to have moved from the northeast recently, and it's a smallish town, basically. *shivers* And everybody's white. Not surprising, but it was a bit overwhelming, hehe.

Job update later when something happens.

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isobella, o [24 Jul 2006|08:55pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

It's been a while since I've done one of these.

Well. My dad turned 53 this past friday, and I still have to get him a gift. He's been really nice to me this year, so I think I'll go to soccer locker and find him something he would like. It's pretty much because of him that I don't have to take out a gigantic loan this year.
So... the lawsuit that my mom filed like, last summer? Well, that didn't go through. But I guess my dad decided to act outside of his character and actually give me money for college. Alot of money, actually. So that makes me happy for not taking out any loans, my mom happy because my dad is paying alot more than she has to, and him happy that my mom won't be threatening him with any more suits. Yay, it all works out!

I'm still at my psychology job, yes. My boss has left town for 2 weeks, so he left me a bunch of work to do, yadda yadda yadda, same old.
Attaining a bartending job has proven to be extremely difficult. Restaurants only want people with proper experience, or they will start you on the floor. Red Lobster told me they wouldn't hire me as a bartender, but would be glad to hire me for a bussing position. NO THANK YOU. I'm going to start applying to catering companies; I've applied to one already. And not that I wouldn't work in a restaurant doing something other than bartending. I applied at a restaurant at the 9th floor of some downtown building, and they told me that they could possibly hire me as a server. It's a very nice restaurant, with a great view and a pool deck, even. I wouldn't mind working there.
Actually, I just emailed a new gay bar on south beach that was looking for bartenders and barbacks, and they would train. Pretty wild, but why not? We'll see.

Good things:
- I believe my acne is virtually non-existent. Thank god. Finally, as I am leaving my teenagehood. I also had a really good dermatologist this past year.
- I'm back to my 10th grade weight! It took a while to get back to it. Now to get into better shape.
- I've decided not to join marching band. This kind of sucks; I've always wanted to participate in the drum line. But I'll be joining the all male chorus instead! It's much less hours, and I need my hours.

I need to help my sister get a job, because she's too lazy to find one herself. I love her, but she should do these kinds of things herself. I have enough trouble finding a job for myself. Oh well.

I've determined to make it a goal to move to NYC soon after I graduate. It's going to happen!

Laundry calls.

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manzana grande [21 Jul 2006|02:03pm]
[ mood | pensive ]

Hokay. So.

Umm, it's my dad's birthday today. I have to go celebrate in about an hour. Woohoo.

Wednesday evening began with storms in new york, which lead to delays and delays of my flight to laguardia. Only about 2 hours, luckily. I arrived at laguardia at 11pm, took the bus to the subway station where I caught the E which took me to NYU. I stayed with thomas for 3 nights. Thanks so much!!

the vay cayCollapse )

And one of my favorite things about New York...

Mister Softee!!
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[16 Jul 2006|12:02pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

I don't want to leave this place. New York is amazing. I can't wait to come back for more than 5 days, or a year :)

Pictures and pictures and stuff later. Meanwhile I'm at starbucks in union square waiting for thomas to wake up. Elyse's wedding was amazing last night in south jersey. And I talked to NYU dorm guards until the sun came up friday night.

Thomas is awake! More later.

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NEW YORK [13 Jul 2006|01:58am]
So I'm here, after some delays because of a little rain in NYC. Just kidding, it was alot, and there apparently was a tornado somewhere around here? But this is the 3rd time out of the six times I've come to NYC since 1999 where I've had delays, because of a storm. Fortunately, it was only an hour and a half. But that tremendously slowed my easy, fast transport from queens to manhattan. It's okay. At least I saw my old neighborhood. And it was exciting to see all the south americans on the bus around Jackson Heights. Hmm. I'm here with thomas, he's letting me sleep here until saturday. Much love.

Hit me up if you're in the city! Although I'm going to be here for like. 2 days. But yeah. That is all.

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I'm the one who's tattoed on his arm [09 Jul 2006|07:39pm]
[ mood | relieved ]

I love kelis. She brings the boys to the yard. Love love love.

So many birthdays around this time, so I'll just say once, happy birthday to all the cancers! My pisces ass loves you all.

It has been a very busy two weeks. I started summer B at FIU, and went through an intensive two weeks at bartending school. I learned about 80 drink recipes, names of brands of different liquors, the difference between whiskey and scotch, how to rim a cocktail glass with salt, among other things. I just need to learn how to juggle. The school had us practice with colored water, so I have no idea what all the drinks I made taste like. But matt and alan let me mix real substances in their kitchens, and I have determined that I really like hypnotiq and mountain dew (with a dash of cognac ;]) and things with melon. And the mudslide. mmmmmmm. Next, I'm experimenting with the blender. Good thing matt trusts me. :D

I'm looking for a job, now that I'm unofficially a bartender. We'll see how this job placement thing at my bartending school goes; in the mean time, I'm roaming around the sunset place area hoping for an establishment to train me, an unexperienced bartender. I'm concentrating around the UM area, ideally, since I wouldn't have a car during the year. So far, JJ's diner didn't look very appealing, but I applied there anyway.

At last, I'm flying to LaGuardia on wednesday. It's been too long, New York City.
I might travel again the week before school starts, the only week that I'm off. I'm thinking about a place where I can frolic around and think about nothing and be crazy around nice kids. Maybe Lexington Park, Maryland. I've been thinking about this.
It's sunday night, which means homework owns me.

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[21 Jun 2006|04:48pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Two finals tomorrow. What else to do besides update on the livejournal?

Some goals for this summer, not all:
1) Ride through chemistry and french with flying colors (one more day 'til completion!)
2) Not die in physics.
3) Attain a darker complexion. Je dois aller à la plage, je suis très blanc!!
4) Haircut, note to self.
5) Get a job behind the bar. (I'm attending bartending school... more on that later)
6) Get a volunteering job at Jackson. (Halfway complete)
7) Get in decent shape (getting there, slowly)
8) Go to New York (all that's left is the flight to LaGuardia!)
9) Not go broke in NYC.
10) Catch the flight back to Miami. This is going to be difficult.

Summer B's schedule is looking much better, with being at FIU for much less hours than the first half of summer. I can't believe I went through 2 1/2 hours of french everyday. Merci à dieu que le cours a fini, finalement.

Tomorrow will be a good day.

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primero de mayo [01 May 2006|07:26pm]
[ mood | hyper ]

1) Today is a big day for immigrants, nationwide and those working for UNICCO at UM. Go immigrants!
2) Go yankees beat red sox!
3) Last week, 2 very cool New Zealanders, Gemma and Kasper, stayed over my room while they were vacationing in miami, randomly. They are currently in Dallas now, traveling around the world in one year. They were the coolest foreign 21 year olds I've met. They met my friends and had a great time. Pictures later. To the beach, yo.
4) I want a year round world air ticket. It's like $3k or $4k? That would be amazing.
5) I rocked my jury today! That was the best I've ever played my JC Bach.
6) Dale duro papi, dale mas duro.
7) I realized that I spent my $44 tax refund on alcohol and a club this weekend. =/
8) My sister graduates tomorrow!!
9) I have to study now.

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