0 In California Diaries

Our first Thanksgivings

I remember being a kid and watching Thanksgivings films. Of course, during Christmas, because I don’t think anybody really understands Thanksgivings in Spain, so that’s when all these films usually play on TV. As you can imagine, I had romanticized everything that had to do with that evening: the turkey drama, family disputes, reconciliations, bringing a homeless guy to your in-laws elitist dinner who then turns to be an angel or something like that… Oh and I also have to…

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Week 2: Point Reyes National Seashore

Quite a lot happened in our second week living the American Dream. Most notably, I found an organic grocery outlet with not-so-outrageous prices (YES!), I finished writing the last experimental paper of my thesis, filed my work authorization application, and went on a hike! You may think it’s sad to be excited about a grocery outlet, but think that, given the prices here, getting to spend $100 a week on food really is a win situation. We also try to…

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2 In California Diaries

Week 1: To new beginnings

Hi everyone! It’s been almost a week since we left the comfort of our home in the Netherlands to embark on our Californian adventure, and I wanted to share a few of our first impressions. I have to warn you that most of the pictures were taken with my smartphone. We left Amsterdam on November 1st as the morning sun was rising, after a week of goodbyes, all the packing and the repacking, the nerves and the stress. Our flight…

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4 In California Diaries

Cutting the ropes, going adrift

I feel like we are preparing to become nomads. One by one, all of the items that made our apartment a home are disappearing before our eyes and always for a price that won’t fill the hole in our hearts. Preparing the big move is taking a toll on us. We are operating on autopilot and slowly losing the sense of direction, almost losing touch with reality. It is not like we are highly materialistic people, but our belongings and…

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The way to California began in… Chicago!

The clock is ticking: our big move to California is less than a month away. Our days are now divided between finishing our PhD work (no biggie…) and sorting all the belongings we have accumulated in the past 7 years. For me, that means cleaning up my closet –a tearful but necessary task. The first 4 months in California we’ll be living in about 20 square meters, which is half the size of our current livingroom. This means that we will…

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0 In Photography Blogposts

Keeping up with my night photography practice

Last weekend Flo and I went to his hometown, Emmerich. At night, I was really eager to test my new mini-tripod and take a few night pictures at the fields. It was one of my 2017 goals to learn how to take great long-exposure shots (read this), but the truth is that I barely practiced in winter. Today I just wanted to share a few of the shots, which in the end were not of the fields (I should have…

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1 In Soulsearching

Redefining Career Goals

I knew my life was going to change during the last year of my PhD, but I did not suspect the change would be so radical. 8 months ago, I made my first appointment with our career counselor. (Had I known we had one, I would have arranged a meeting earlier.) I went from being clueless to being in total control of my life. It turns out, I had always been in possession of the key to unlock my potential. I…

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