Be a Tourist

Last week, I had the pleasure to meet Clare Guilloton, a French girl that moved to Colombia almost a year ago and started Monita in Bogotá – an amazing blog where she appreciates all the bits of design she finds in every day of Colombian life. The beauty in a hammock, a coffee crop, our traditional hats, a fair, a rustic bus…the design in many things that surround us but unfortunately we locals, don’t appreciate as they become everyday things.

I was surprised by the fact that a foreigner made me discover the beauty of my country, in pictures and patterns. I have borrowed some bits to show you, but you should have a proper look at her blog. She is very talented Graphic Designer and her pics so far are great.



Frequently visitors find things that locals don’t have any idea existed. To mention a few, my UK family  has never been in some spots I have; I’m not sure if Margate is a good example for a beach day or Blackpool for a night out, but blame it on the ticket seller. Anyway, getting back on topic, apart from helping the economy and becoming ambassadors of our countries, tourists can teach us a lot (clarifying, good tourists). Let’s see how:

  • They have a different perspective and see things that others can’t (I will give you a hint, it’s not dead people).
  • Tourists walk at the right pace, They don’t go like robots, they are constant observers, appreciating every detail and finding beauty in cute little streets or horrible crowded places.
  • They immerse themselves in the destination, trying the local food, talking to people, learning about the culture.
  • They have a plan, even when they try to be “spontaneous” they accomplish their goals within tight deadlines.
  • Tourists have never ending energy, they don’t rest until they have ticked all the boxes in the map/list.
  • They have the best attitude towards bad moments, they don’t go back home and cry, no no no! they go back home and peddle how they dealt with the unexpected, or how that event became the best part of their holiday, sometimes they assume “it was meant to happen”.
  • Good tourists are always welcome. See you soon Clare! 🙂 

Escribir sin pensar

Siempre he pensado que uno tiene que pensar antes de hablar pero no antes de escribir. Los mejores escritos salen sin filtro, no tienen razón, no tienen 10 revisiones de texto, ni buscan los temas del momento; no les importa alcanzar la fama, convertirse en un Best Seller o quedar olvidados en una mesa de San Victorino. Los buenos escritos nacen para ser leídos, para contar historias, no entienden de aplausos ni de críticas, no andan esperando un SI y no se desaniman con un NO, simplemente salen del corazón o del cerebro, y  lo mejor, hay para todos los gustos, desde cursis hasta sabiondos.

Este por ejemplo, nace en el día del Blogger Multilingual. Hoy cada Blogger escribe en un lenguage diferente, yo quise hacerle honor a mi idioma Español. Aquel que me enseño la m con la a, seguido de la m con la a, aquel que todos recuerdan con “Nacho lee” aunque a mí nunca me tocó; ese que se desfigura en las calles, con apodos y con el tiempo; y que los extranjeros resumen en tres o cuatro frases “Hola Señorita”, “Cerveza”, “Un, dos, tres, catorce” y “Salud”.

Faltando 10 min. para acabarse el día me pregunto….Cómo se dice Blogger en español? Mmm… creo que esto sólo pasa cuando uno escribe sin pensar.

Linguistic flag of the Spanish language without prehispanic symbols.

A beautiful bunch of words from Steve Jobs

Today I found Wordle, a toy for generating “word clouds”. You can paste a bunch of text, enter the URL of any blog or enter a a user name to see their tags. As you can pick fonts, layouts, and color scheme, your cloud is going to look nice. Play and share it!

I created mine with a quote from Steve Jobs: “Design is a funny word.Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”

My blog is jealous

Early this year, I discovered a group on Linkedin called World Female Creative Directors. I started joining their chats and found interesting articles in their posts. They have a website called connecting their community with famous Creative Directors around the globe. The look is completely feminine, the design is delicate and flawless and the content is quite varied, it’s worth looking at.

I wanted to write an article for them, but all the time I was delaying the task. Because I was busy with assignments, because I was looking for jobs, because I went out, because everytime there was an excuse. And I can tell you, there are thousands stopping us from doing what we want.

Suddenly on my way to Barcelona for a week’s holiday, I remembered that I had to send the email to AdWomen, “Oh yes… I just remembered when I didn’t have any computer or Internet to work on”.  Somehow that idea never left my head on holidays, therefore, as soon as I came back to London I sat myself at the table until I had written a decent article for them. When I finished it, I read it thoroughly and changed my mind. It looked like an article written by a WFCD and I wasn’t one of them yet. So instead, I decided to tell a different story, one of those experiences that people prefer not to mention in a job interview, not even to colleagues. What I call “Unsuccessful stories trying to get the victory”, you may have a couple, I know, everyone does.

Added to this, I proposed to them that I write an article every week, talking about the journey to become a Creative Director. The good news is that they liked it! And instead of just writing an article, I ended up joining the team. So if you have something outstanding, make sure by tomorrow it is ticked.