Ways to Get Royally Screwed: The Story of Mary I of England

Ways to Get Royally Screwed: The Story of Mary I of England

Some say the best writing is that what comes out of the passionate pursuits of the writer. Things you are really enthusiastic about. Historical figures are one of my favorite things to read and totally geek out about, so I will share this passion with you. In this edition you will learn about this lady who lived in and ruled England many years ago and by all means, should’ve had an awesome life, but didn’t: Mary I of England

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10 Reasons Belgium is both an Awesome and Horrible Country to Live in

10 Reasons Belgium is both an Awesome and Horrible Country to Live in

A lot of people ask me how I ended up in Belgium, wondering why I would choose the sunny and warm weather of my Colombian hometown over the rainy grey skies of this tiny European country. Most people outside of Europe know very little about Belgium, often confusing it with “Brussels” (not a country) or its more popular neighbors France and the Netherlands. If you want to learn some facts about Belgium this is not the right post for you. You will learn more about Belgium by reading, but this is a far more interesting post, of what it’s like to live here.

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7 City Districts to Live and Breath Culture

7 City Districts to Live and Breath Culture

We are always talking about cities: the top 20 best cities to live in, the top 10 coolest cities… etc… but, what about those conglomerations of similar lifestyles that come together to form a neighborhood, district, arrondesement, or whatever they call it in your city? Let’s go on a tour around some of the most defining, trend-setting, urban shapping districts/neighborhoods/zones of some cities all around and that you really need to visit.

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Hollywood Costume Exhibit at the V&A Museum

Hollywood Costume Exhibit at the V&A Museum

As a movie buff, I had to visit this exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London: “Stretching across three rooms and featuring more than 100 exhibits, Hollywood Costume reveals the painstaking work behind some of cinema’s most iconic costume designs.” Not only do you get to see the original costumes worn by characters such as Indiana Jones, Darth Vader, and Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz), but you get to understand some of the careful design of these pieces in a why they convey the true nature of a character. Thinking costume design is just about good tailoring is a big misconception about this craft. Nowadays most costume designers transcend the art of simple fabric, needle, and thread and have to approach the challenges new technologies like CGI and motion capture.

Learn more after the jump and how you can get a taste of this exhibit!

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The Royal Palace of Brussels

The Royal Palace of Brussels

It is a good day in Brussels today. The sun is shining, there is a mild cooling breeze and there are a lot of cocktail booths in the streets. Woohoo! Turns out today is the Summer Festival; there are a couple of stages where bands are playing, food, drinks. But that is not why I was there. My plan was a bit more of a sofisticated affair: a visit to the Royal Palace of Brussels. I had never been there before in my 7 years in Belgium (4 of them living in Brussels), so a visit was due. Here are some shots of the palace in question, for my non Belgian residents

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Flash Photography not allowed!

Have you ever wondered why some museums prohibit the use of flash? Are they being a*holes about it or is there a legitimate reason for this? I found a perfectly good explanation for this online:

“The flash on your camera generates a small amount of ultra-violet (UV) light. The UV light is a powerful oxidizer that bleaches color out of many materials that are on exhibit (cloth, paint, wood and paper) if given enough exposure time. Electronic flash is essentially the equivalent of sunlight and thus can have the same harmful effect on historic artifacts if used by enough of our visitors.”

This information is courtesy of the US National Park Service website

What do you think? Solid good reason?

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