After recently jazzing up my tapas sites (as well as this blog and We Love Tapas), I had a look around for a new look for my travel sites. I wanted some continuity between them, and also a functional and easy to navigate theme. So far I’m happy with these, which I tinkered with a bit more this week. What do you think? Click on the pics to visit the sites.
Exciting times. We Love Tapas has a whole new look! With some help from the wonderful Aldara I was gently nudged into looking at some other theme options. And while the site is still a bit “under construction” (photos need retaking, logo will be changing, and some other tweaking needs doing) here’s a sneak preview of the new WLT site. What do you think?
I take hundreds of photos every week, and sometimes many more, especially when I travel. A lot of them aren’t worth keeping, but after I sift through my new pics, edit and file them, I just never get around to deleting all the other stuff from the original files. Just like I never get around to doing most of the online stuff I’m supposed to be doing (supposed to be doing? who said so? erm, me…).
So I am always chasing my tail. With thousands upon thousands of photos in my computer it gets very frustrating… I mean, I just KNOW I have a great shot of fill-in-the-blank to put in my blog, or website, or article I’m being paid to write. But find it? Half the time it’s easier just to go out and take the damn photo again (providing it was taken in Sevilla). I suppose if I took an entire week (or two) and dedicated it solely to sifting through my pics and properly editing/organising/deleting them I may actually reap from what I’ve sewn over the years. But that’s not going to happen. I go cross-eyed just thinking about it. And so the only obvious solution is… TAKE MORE PHOTOS!
Which is what I did today. A rare “day off”. Which usually means I end up working longer and harder than on a “work day”, which actually means there is really no difference between the two. Except “day off” work days mean I don’t have to be anywhere at any particular time, or be with people unless I choose to. This morning flatmate Peter was grumbling about not having photos for a blog post he was writing, and I had a few ideas scribbled down about things I wanted to photograph, so we decided to spend the day (or at lease the earlier and cooler part of it) going out on a Sevilla Photo Shoot. And it was fun. We both made lists of things we needed photos for, worked out a route, and headed out. I like to think it was a positive step in the right direction, but coming home again with even MORE photos, I knew it was at best just one small step towards a much better system, which is yet to be determined.
Fun day though. Lots of walking, revisiting favourite haunts, with refreshment pitstops along the way. And now I am editing today’s pics and wondering if I really should spend an entire week of my life ELIMINATING all the ones I know I never want to look at again (but which make it impossible to find the ones I really want). Every now and then, searching for something special that I know has to be *somewhere*, I come across gems I’d totally forgotten about. Is that worth dedicating a week for? I’m still not sure.
I can’t believe it’s been A WHOLE YEAR since I posted anything on azahar’s kitchen. I only noticed after receiving the recipes from my fab cooking class at Taller Andaluz de Cocina and checking back to see how their spinach con garbanzos recipe varied from mine. And it kind of made me sad because I love cooking and sharing my recipes, but somehow there are always too many other things I need to catch up with online. Anyhow, I’ve just added a “subscription” widget to the sidebar (something that went missing – along with 265 subscribers – after moving the original WP kitchen blog over to my newest self-hosted site last summer). You know, in case you want to be notified by email if and when I start posting recipes again. It might even motivate me! :)
Well, nine years and 10 days to be exact. I actually forgot my blogoversary this year but was reminded this morning when I saw my friend Craig’s Facebook post about how he met me (and many others) on H2G2 14 years ago. So yeah… 9 years and 10 days ago I started my first ever blog, which has since turned into my daily scrapbook. Since May 1, 1996 I’ve had almost 734,000 visits, with 1885 followers (who are all you guys?) and I’ve published 3238 posts. And, like Craig, I’ve met some pretty amazing people.
Cheers everybody! Thanks for sticking around.
There are so many answers to that question but I bet this is the first time anyone has said – because one day you’ll need it at the Post Office. I had been expecting a delivery from Amazon and thought it had been taking longer than usual, so I checked the tracking thingy on their website and saw that my parcel had been delivered to my address last Thursday (!!!). So I popped over to the Post Office and showed them the Amazon page on my iPhone, with the tracking number, my address, etc, and sure enough, they had my parcel. Obviously the guy had forgotten to leave a delivery notice.
So that was fine. Until I was asked for ID. Which I always have in my wallet. Except I didn’t have my wallet with me. I tried explaining that I had to be me because I’d already shown them the Amazon page that had my name and address on it, but they insisted on seeing photo ID. I was just about to leave in frustration to go home and get my wallet when I remember this blog post that I wrote ages ago. So I did a quick search, found the post, and showed them this photo of my (expired) driving licence. I still can’t believe it worked. Moral of the story: keep on writing because you just never know when blogging will come in handy. :)
It was lovely to see my friends Anna @annalibera and Jorge @jorgeguitian again during their visit to Sevilla this week. And extra lovely to celebrate Jorge’s 10th Blog Anniversary (which will take place at their home in Galicia) a few days ahead of time by taking them out on an impromptu tapas tour. I say “impromptu” because when we met up at the fabulous Eslava I wasn’t sure if we were going to just stay there or move on. But move on we did. Next up was a quick bite at Bar Europa (we’d tried La Pepona but it was closed because of having stayed open for the public holiday on Sunday). As a result of this holiday Bar Europa was pretty much out of more than half its menu – no complaints here as this means their stuff is brought in fresh – and so we had a lovely tapa of baba ghanoush before moving on. Then, since fairly new Mamarracha was open, we stopped in there but were treated so badly (“no you can’t sit at that nice table for 4, you have to squeeze into this horrible table for 2 in the dark room at the back…”) so we said FUCK THAT and moved on. Really appreciated Ann mentioning this on her Facebook account – so often I’m the only one who “complains” (aka: tells it like it is). Thus we ended up at the always fabulous La Azotea. It was fairly busy (as busy as Mamarracha had been) but without hesitation (or us having to ask) the waiter put two tables together so the three of us would be comfortable. And of course the food was fab too.
Great seeing Anna & Jorge again, which left me wishing they still lived in Sevilla. On the other hand, I always have a place to go – with two expert guides! – when I finally make it to Galicia. Check out their new project (in English) @thekilomEATers.