For this post of Wonderful Things, I wanted to share a video of one of my closest and dearest friends speaking in her native tongue: Portuguese.
…Because that alone is fantastic. When I first saw this, I thought to myself, SHIT, I want know that side of her. I want to understand her when she is in her element, letting the beauty of this romantic language just roll off her tongue. Since I’ve got two bestie Brazilians in my life, I did just order Portuguese for Dummies, but that is another story…
Something about listening to someone you’re close to express themselves in their maternal language is just exciting when it’s not the same as your own. I’m not sure really I can explain why it touched my heart so much. Obviously, I can’t really understand anything, but it just made me that much more excited. I’m anxious to practice with one of her other projects, Brasilité.
Language is a form of expression, a tool of communication but also a great part of our identities. It’s invigorating. Cheers to that.
Cachaça portraits: Ana Clara (English subtitles) from Ana Clara Soares on Vimeo.
Is this language not ridiculously beautiful?
Wondering what this video is about?
Ana Clara and her partner in crime, Yann-Yves have filmed and are now finishing up their first documentary called Ceci n’est pas l’eau.
You can read more about it on the blog here, and also on their Facebook page.
While I was home in Denver last month, I had the chance to head up to Fort Collins (1.5 hour drive from Denver) with my best friend Liz so that she could show me all of the snazzy places. Gosh this town is cute, not to mention the drive from Denver that is absolutely stunning along the Rockies. There are so many cute colorful victorian houses that have been spiffed up.
Our journey started off with the brewery tour at New Belguim, where oddly enough I ran into an old friend from elementary school. Small world, eh? New Belgium’s tour was fantastic and they all had snazzy bikes. I’m a big fan of their Sunshine Wheat Beer and now I proudly sport the vintage style poster for it in my itty-bitty kitchen! After hanging out for a little while, Liz and Dan took me to one of their favorite spots, with oodles of local Colorado beers on tap and delicious pizza: The Mayor of Old Town. Obviously after dinner it was the perfect time for a cupcake, so we popped in Buttercream.
Our slumber party was pretty wonderful, and breakfast at Little Bird Bakeshop was sublime. By the way, that beautiful dog pictured above is Al, Liz’s nephew/son.
Liz, I miss you dearly.
Happy Birthday, Liz. (And Happy Canada Day to the world!)
It is the celebration of her 21st year on earth with the rest of us crazies.
Liz is the Ying to my Yang. She’s the elegantly cynical gal that always can make me smile. And damn is she classy. (Don’t forget to take a peek at her eyes – the bluest that I’ve every bloody seen!) Despite the fact that I’m always in Franceland, Liz will always be my gal. Distance makes the heart grow fonder [insert accent of choice].
Liz and I have been pals for almost half of our lives. We’ve grown and traveled and done our thing, and always seem to come back obsessing over people watching, gossip, and clothes and elegant trifty accessories and antique and decor thingamagigs. I guess the only way to put it is that she is the Ying to my Yang. We are so different, yet so alike. And even though she doesn’t like musicals as much as I do (or at all), I still love her with all of my huge coeur ‘cuz she is my boo. But back to the whole birthday thing—- this gal can throw a killer party. So, in honor of all of her crazily clever party ideas and the corky themed parties she has thrown in the past, I would like to cordially wish her a happy 21st birthday. You go girl.
Going back through old birthday party pictures is such a riot. Do you ever find some keepers? Here are a few great shots I found of our good times in Colorado over the years, and a few snippets from our initial trip to the Big Apple.
Pictures from New Years ’10 , our NYC trip in ’10, Liz’s Gender Bender party and her Mustashio Bashio Fiesta.
Happy Birthday, Liz. I love you. There isn’t anything more that I could ask for aside from spending this summer and discovering New York City with you.
I went to San Francisco two summers ago to visit my best friend. Let’s just say I had definitely not seen many of these sides of the city. Visiting random friends- there’s nothing better. Drinkin’ some sangria on Haight street’s Cha Cha Cha, roaming downtown and of course, hoppin’ on the trolley. Welcome to San Franpsycho. I cannot wait to go back.
Come roam here, even though it can be sketch and you may catch a glimpse of more than you’d like to see… But it’s a great view of the bridge. Take pictures there, ya know, all that jazz…
No matter what they say, it’s still chilly in the summertime.
Dinner @ Asia SF is a must… “welcome to Asia SF….” You know what I’m talking about. Do it. Fushion. Asian. Drag. Love it.
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