New year, new life

“In the Puerta del Sol as last year, the champagne, the grapes and the tar are the carpet. (En la Puerta del Sol como el año que fue, otra vez el champagne y las uvas, y el alquitrán, de alfombra están)”, sing Mecano in their song ‘Un año más’. And that’s exactly what will happen tonight in Madrid and in many other places around the world. For example, for my friend Lisia, who is in Sydney, 2011 has already begun.

I can´t believe that it has been over a year since my last trip to London, when my friend Tuba encouraged me to start this blog. It amazes me how quickly time goes by. On the one hand, I remember details of what was going on in January 2010 as if I was there now, but on the other hand, many new things have happened over the last twelve months.

We put in a balance the good and the bad things, five minutes before the countdown starts. (Hacemos el balance de lo bueno y malo, cinco minutos antes de la cuenta atrás.)” These days are always dates to meditate. We review last year purposes and check what we have achieved.

2010 has been, in general, a good year for me and it ends better than it started.

Among the discoveries that I have made these last months I have three suggestions to make: Seville, as a city to visit and find its “special colour”; ‘Stardust ‘, an entertaining fantasy film; and the novel of the hilarious Sophie Kinsella, ‘Twenties girl’.

In the national sphere, between the crisis and the growing unemployment, I would like to highlight three great moments: the World Cup, the rescue of the 33 miners in Chile and the rejection to the Sinde Law.

And we say goodbye and we ask God, if next year we could win two millions, instead of one. (Y decimos adiós y pedimos a Dios, que en el año que viene a ver si en vez de un millón, pueden ser dos.)” The nature of human beings is ambitious and nonconformist. Often, despite getting what we want, we feel dissatisfied and unhappy.

We are alive so we must wake up and try to laugh more during next year. (Y a ver si espabilamos los que estamos vivos, y en el año que viene nos reímos.)” As my friend Silvia says, that´s why in 2011 we should try to be happier, not worrying so much about the little things and not feeling overwhelmed if we are unable to fix or to control some important issues.

In the Puerta del Sol as last year, the champagne, the grapes and the tar are the carpet. (En la Puerta del Sol como el año que fue, otra vez el champagne y las uvas, y el alquitrán, de alfombra están.)” Happy new year!

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