Project 365, Day 210; The Day’s Photo and Kreativ Thanks

I’ve received two Kreativ Blogger Awards, one from Lumens Borealis,, and one from The Wanderslust Gene,

There are of course, the usual award regulations which we all seem to chafe at, but TWLG has made a very Kreativ way of dealing with the part about revealing something of yourself. I like this idea, “An Atlas of Me” and henceforth, and forthwith, bring you my atlas to peruse.

A) Angeline. Not a place, but me; where the Atlas begins. I am named after a maternal aunt. A woman of substance.

B) Bodega Bay. If you ever visit San Francisco, do not miss this little side trip north of the City, over the Golden Gate. Your eyes, your camera, and your taste buds will thank you.

C) Chapala. Mexico’s largest lake. I spent a lot of time here, and learned to water ski on this lake as a kid.

D) Dilly. A small town in Texas. We used to stop here on our way into Mexico when I was young, to get our last supply of “clean” drinking water before hitting the Mexican border.  We had only left our house an hour and a half before, so I never could figure this out, we hadn’t touched the water we brought from home yet.

E) El Tuito. A small village outside of Puerto Vallarta. We visited a Bed and Breakfast here run by a French couple. Very kreativ juxtaposition between the French and the Mexican.

F) France. I spent the summer of my sophomore year of college here; sent to a French school to learn French. As luck would have it, I met up with a group from Spain, and spent a kreativ summer speaking Spanish and falling in love. I attended one class.

G) Guadalajara. Mexico’s second largest city. I spent a lot of summers here when I was growing up, and spent my sophomore year of high school here in a Mexican school, where I finally learned to speak fluent Spanish (never mind that my parents were Mexican, that’s another story).

H) Hawaii. A place to go hang out the first time, while the husband did some consulting. The lure of the Islands has never left my soul.

I) Italy. A solo trip arranged to forget some difficult circumstances. Departure date was shortly after September 11. It took every ounce of courage to go. I’m glad I did.

J) Jalisco. The state where Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta are; birthplace of Mariachi music.

K) Kauai. My favorite island in Hawaii.

L) Los Angeles. The place to move to that was our deciding factor to either move, and live life’s challenges to the fullest, or stay in Texas near family because we had one toddler and three infants. Could we handle it all on our own? Yes we could.

M) Mexico City. Another summer sojourn when I was growing up. I returned in the summer of 1968 to work for the Olympic Committee.

N) Napa. We’re lucky enough to live within an hour and a half of this beautiful wine growing region.

O) Oahu. The first island of Hawaii I made a visit to, and left my heart there, along with a few tears, when it was time to leave.

P) Paris. A summer of learning French on the fly, in restaurants, shops, figuring out the Metro, and translating from Spanish into French with all my new friends from Spain ( I’m sure that’s why the Universe saw to it that I learned Spanish four years before this).

Q) Quantico, Virginia. My landing spot upon return from Paris, to stay with a friend for a while.

R) Rome. A stop on my way home from Paris in the summer of my 17th year; I would return many years later, much older and wiser.

S) San Antonio, Texas. My home town. Where I was born and raised.

T) Tuscany. Two weeks spent there; my life was at a fork in the road.

U) Uruapan. In Mexico. The avocado capital of the world. I may have gone there as a child during jaunts through Mexico with relatives. Who knows. I needed a U place for this atlas.

V) Venice. There by myself on my way back home to a new beginning. The church bells rang in St. Mark’s Square, and I tried so hard to make a call home, dreaming of how it would have been if we were together.

W) Washington, D.C. My first move away from Texas and family after I was married. The good Mexican daughter… I felt liberated.

X) Xochimilco, Mexico. Beautiful lagoons with boats decorated with flowers, food, and music.

Y) Yosemite. Incredible that I live so close and have never been there.

Z) Zacatecas. Mexican state rich in silver.

So that’s me, A-Z.

Thank you to both Lumens Borealis and The Wanderlust Gene.

Some fellow kreativ bloggers I would encourage you to check on are:

About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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41 Responses to Project 365, Day 210; The Day’s Photo and Kreativ Thanks

  1. Merilee says:

    I love your A – Z, I also love Hawaii and I think we have a lot more in common than we both know. You need to go to Yosemite!!!


    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Merilee. When you brought up San Joaquin Valley, I knew we had something going on 🙂
      Yosemite is on my list…we’ve lived here a long time, and I can’t believe we’ve never been there! Our hearts are definitely in Hawaii.

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      • Merilee says:

        Do yourself a favor and book a room at the Ahwahnee Hotel in January. January is a magical time to be in Yosemite. Few people, it’s quiet and snowy (hopefully) and the Ahwahnee is just magnificent.

        My family is from Fresno and I spend quite a bit of time there. When I can, I like going out into the farms to photograph and watch the farm workers. I have great compassion for the farm workers. I would one day like to do a project focusing on them.


      • Angeline M says:

        Oh, my gosh! A project I’ve always dreamed of is a photo essay on migrant workers here in the California fields and vineyards.
        My husband (who has been ill) and I have been trying to think of a place to go for a short trip, not too far away….you’ve just supplied a fantastic idea. Thanks!


  2. Hi Angelina, I was so proud finding you in my list of followers! a woman from California: a place I dream of since nearly ever! a woman shooting extraordinary photos with an abc of wonderful places and a quick eye. Visiting your blog is like making holiday, even if its rains in California… thanks a lot!


  3. What a fantastic list and way to introduce your readers to you!! So happy to have found your lovely blog! I love the eclectic feel of it! Looking forward to reading more!! 🙂


  4. writecrites says:

    Loved the list and loved the fact that your longing for Hawaii (my home) has never left. Come back soon.


  5. NIce A-Z… a real atlas of places!
    Thanks for stopping by CTB 😀


  6. Amy says:

    Love how you did the “Atlas of Me”. Congrats for the award, well deserved!
    Solo trip to Italy after 9/11 was courageous, to say the least!


    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks Amy. I’m so glad I was able to summon up the courage to go. On the flight home there was some kind of scuffle on the plane, never did find out exactly what happened, but I thought it was all over!


  7. Madhu says:

    Congratulations Angeline! Some fantastic journeys there! Rome at 17…wow! Love the entry for ‘U’ 🙂


  8. Mercedes says:

    Very cool!!! You are an inspiration to me to live an amazing life and take chances. 😉

    Love, your favorite daughter,
    Cedes 😉


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  10. susangeckle says:

    Thanks for mentioning my blog Angeline. That was very thoughtful of you!


  11. Shalvika P says:

    Your A-Z list is amazing! loved it! Congratulations 🙂


  12. Lynzie says:

    Thanks for mentioning my blog!!


  13. Paula says:

    I enjoyed your A – Z 🙂 Congratulations!


  14. Wow! What a culturally rich background – it’s evident in your photos and writing, and how fun to read your atlas and learn about the significant places in your life. Hope you get to Yosemite – it is one of my top three places to go in the world!


    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks K. It pretty bad that we haven’t gone to Yosemite; it’s just down the road a piece. I think this needs to happen soon. I’ve heard it’s pretty special 🙂


  15. Brava you! A thrilling, exotic hand of The Atlas Game – it’s so nice to know about all this latin drama in your soul … 🙂


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