(Y-11) Disconnect to reconnect

I took some days away to unwind and recharge.

I read only a few pages but it was just what I needed.

But there was red wine, so everything is good.

Not to mention a beautiful white desert.

And to top it all off a mountainous oasis to relax.

So now it is back to reality and hopefully back on track with my reading.

azr.

(Y-11) Some extra art activities

For the past week, it has slipped my mind to talk about a new exhibition in the city’s museum of art.

This time is a photographic retrospective spanning five decades and the lenses of many photographers working on capturing the always intricated reality of our border city.

I am not sure until when the exhibition is going to be on display, but if you are in Ciudad Juarez or El Paso, you should go and check it out.

It would not disappoint.

Back to it then.

azr

 

(Y-10) 15 days… the final leg

The final leg of my trips are upon me.

The most immediate one is our journey back home from Morelia.

This is where I have spent my last few days wandering around and watching my beautiful wife achieve another amazing goal.

This time was getting her PhD in architecture, I could not be prouder of her, she is simply amazing.

The other journey that is entering its final stage is my tenth year of reading.

On that note, I am happy to inform that The Wise Man’s Fear is finally on the read column.

Tomorrow I plan to update my list and post my total pages for this year.

There is no time to waste, I’ll dive right into the next book in my list, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, from the magnificent mind of Patrick Rothfuss, following one of his most enigmatic characters in The Kingkiller Chronicle, Auri.

happy readings

azr.

(Y-10) 18 days…. exploring

Yesterday I did a bit of exploring and a bit of reading.

Just went for a quick stroll to Downtown Morelia and enjoy the historic view.

And also visited the University’s central library, housed in a former Catholic temple.

To close out the day I sit in a beautiful courtyard and did some reading.

I reached page 832 of The Wise Man’s Fear, hopefully, I will finish it by the end of my trip.

Now let’s see what the day has in store.

azr.

(Y-10) A day for wandering

Yesterday was a very rich day for running around.

I went to one of my favorite spots in my fair city and catch up with some new art exhibition.

This time was The Trans Border Biennial ELP-JRZ 2018.

And, being a border town, this has a great impact on our way to visualize our relationship with not only the physical space that is the border but also all the psychological and emotional aspects that construct it.

There are some amazing pieces that capture this enigmatic place.

Be sure to check it out if you are around Ciudad Juarez.

It also gave me some free time to catch up with some reading.

I’m glad to say that the second volume of Lady Mechanika is under my belt and my current book, The Lone Drow, is past the half way mark, on page 195 of 370, to be precise.

Below you can see some of the cover of Lady Mechanika by the extraordinary artist Joe Benitez

Today I plan to do more of the same, what better way to commemorate 37 years on this beautiful planet than to be with my beautiful family and read some more.

Well, back to it.

azr.

(Y-10) triumphant return

Sunday night was epic, for we bare witness to the explosive return of one of our favorite bands, The Distillers.

We got to see them at The Lowbrow Palace, a really cool small venue in El Paso, Texas, simply perfect for a great evening of music.

The opening act, The Flytraps, did not disappoint, a perfect blend of moxy and rawness that is directly inherited from the early days of punk.

In all, it was a perfect night to unwind and get prepared for the crazy week ahead of us.

Well, back to it.

azr.

(Y-10) Catching up with some art.

I finally had the time to catch-up with some new art exhibitions.

All of this on one of my favorite spots in my fair city, Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez.

I only had time to peruse two on the three new exhibitions, but I’ll make the time to peruse the one left.

In the main room there is a collection of mural studies by famous mexican muralist, Aurora Reyes,considered a pioneer female artist.

The second exhibition about sensuality and sexuality in Mexico, a really interesting and sad reality of marginalization of the LGBT community and any sexual liberation front in our country, which in retrospect has not change that much in the course of the last 50 years.

If you get the chance to visit the museum, please do.

Not only for the great art but also it is a great space to wander around and relax.

Back to it.

azr.

 

 

(Y-10) I won’t say goodbye, I’ll say fare thee well..

Well, our little getaway has come to an end, but it was really what I needed, some sun, some wind, some wine (actually lots of it) and most of all some peaceful time away from the daily grind.

As posted on the last entry my first stop was White Sand National Monument, after soaking some sun, we spent the night in Alamogordo.

The next day, after a much-needed rest, we went and visit one of our childhood staples, The New Mexico Museum of Space History, it sits high on a hill with some glorious mountains to frame its 4 stories of space exploration.

It was entertaining getting lost between space suits, rocket models, and even a special Star Trek exhibition.

After a few hours of perusing we headed to our next destination, Ruidoso, tuck away in the beautiful Lincoln National Forest, indeed a bastion of peace and quiet.

The first afternoon was dedicated to doing nothing at all, just some reading, which, consequently, I finally finished reading The Servant of the Shard, and enjoying our excellent accommodations.

The Second day we did some light exploring, went to Grindstone Lake, walked the Ruidoso River Trail and finished the day with some wine tasting at the fantastic Noisy Water Winery, in which an accommodating staff walked us through their different varieties and even gave us a taste of their signature green chile wine.

I bought some bottles and hope to write about them shortly.

In all, it was a great outing and just what I needed to get ready for the next phase of my upcoming plans.

Tomorrow, I’ll post an update on my total pages and my progress with this year full of epicness,

Happy Readings!!!

azr

 

 

 

(Y-10) On the road

The first day of our getaway was an astounding success.

We visited the gorgeous National Park of White Sands in New Mexico.

I’m in love with the desert, it calls to me quite strongly and being surrounded by such breath taking beauty it just make my day.

We walked bare footed in the smooth pure white sand and reconnected with nature, which, if you ask me, was long overdue.

So, day one is done, now to relax, get some rest and read for a while.

Anxious to what tomorrow stores.

happy readings!!!

azr.

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