Tequila Sunset

You know which are the best kind of friends to have? The ones that call you on a Thursday afternoon and say “Want to go down to Rosarito? It’s just going to be a couple of guys, hanging out and having a drink.” The only sensible answer is “Heck yea!” This is my buddy Gerardo thanking the heavens for the glorious sunset. Either that or he was grateful that we hadn’t finished all the beer.

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Capitolio de La Habana

The Capital building of Havana towers over the nearby streets and residential buildings. It was modeled after the US Capitol and was the center of government from its construction in 1928 until the Cuban revolution of 1959. Since then it has been used as the Ministry of Science and Technology. Although, I have to admit that the few times I have been to Cuba and wanted to take a tour inside, it was always closed. Oh well, I’ll just have to go back and try again.

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La Jolla Sunset on the Rocks

This is one of my favorite California beaches. If you are looking for a nice place to enjoy a California sunset, you can’t go wrong with La Jolla. The waves come thundering in and crash against the rocks while you enjoy the warm hues of the setting sun. This group of guys were standing on the edge of the rock and I thought they were going to be swept away by a giant wave. They were tossing a frisbee back and forth and one of them was even strumming a ukelele. Only in California. 

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El Palacio de Bellas Artes

If you are ever in Mexico City, make it a point to visit the grand Palace of Fine Arts (El Palacio de Bellas Artes). It is considered the most significant cultural center in all of Mexico. Outside you can admire the art nouveau architecture while inside you can gaze upon wonderful murals by Diego Rivera, David Siquieros and Jose Orozco. Check the schedule and you just might luck out and catch an art exhibit or a concert by the famed Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Then when you are all done, go for a stroll next door at the recently renovated Alameda Central park. Have an ice cream while you see all the kids playing near the lovely fountains.

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El Arbol del Tule

About 10km East of Oaxaca is the little town of Santa Maria del Tule. On the grounds of the local church is a 2,000 year old tree that has generated many legends. Known as the “Arbol del Tule”, the Zapotecs believe that it was originally planted by the Aztec god of rain. It measures an incredible 138 ft. in circumference. Wow, that’s like 30 people holding hands together around the tree. With its bark and branches contorting this way and that, locals have come to find different characters between its limbs. There is the deer, the jaguar, the elephant, the owl, and the hobbit house among others. Look at it closely and see how many you can spot.

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The OneTen Skyline

If you ever want to see the crazy LA traffic up close and personal, head to downtown. This is the 4th Street overpass with the OneTen freeway running below. While it’s technically the OneHundredTen (110) freeway, in California we never refer to them by their actual numerical name. That is why the FourHundredFive (405) is referred to as the Four-O-Five. And you also have the TwoTen, the SevenTen, the Six-O-Five. Then there is the One-O-One (101). Notice how it’s not even called the One-Zero-One? Seriously, who came up with these names??

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Classic Cars Cruising in Havana

No, I did not travel back in time to 1955 to get this shot. Truth is, you can probably witness this scene pretty much every day in Havana. These classic cars are in pristine condition and being driven everywhere. I actually think you will find them in much better condition in the smaller towns outside Havana. But if you want to see them yourself, you better get down there fast. Big changes are happening. I believe there will soon come a day when these classic cars are no longer cruising down the boulevard because they will be purchased and shipped off to car collectors in the USA. Then we will look at photos like this one and nostalgically remember what Havana was like in 2012.

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Motorcycle on a Trinidad Street

A quite little cobblestone street in Trinidad, Cuba. At any given time, you might see kids in uniform on their way to school or an older lady taking care of daily chores. This day, it was pretty quite. Just a motorcycle, myself and the colorful scene.

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JoshAugust 17, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Beautiful pic! Is that your motorcycle ? Do you have a flirck or something so I can see your albums

RafaelinhoAugust 19, 2014 - 9:42 am

Thanks Josh. No, that is not my bike. It was parked there when I arrived on the scene but I liked it too. You can find links to all my Flickr, Instagram, SmugMug, 500px, etc here at the top of the right-hand column. Enjoy!

JoshAugust 22, 2014 - 8:36 am

Sorry I didn’t see that. You have awesome pics man. I also have Canon 650D, always want to travel around and take pic, but stuck to my 9-5 job.
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RafaelinhoAugust 22, 2014 - 9:06 am

Thanks for the kind words Josh. Don’t let your job stop you. Get out and explore! Cheers!

La Catedral de Oaxaca

There is nothing quite like the captivating colors, sounds, and aromas of Oaxaca. When you travel here, it feels like being in a whole different country within Mexico. To start off, Oaxacan cuisine is quite different from other regions of Mexico. When was the last time you went into a Mexican restaurant and saw these on the menu: Tlayudas, estofado, tepache, or my favorite, quesadillas de flor de calabaza. Not to mention Oaxacan cheese and mole. When you visit some of the local villages, you will still find people dressed in traditional attire. And here in the main plaza, next to the cathedral, is probably one of the best places to experience it all. Sit back while you sip on a Oxacan hot chocolate and soak in all the ambience. Oh, and did I mention the food? Yuuuuummmmm.

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The LA Skyline in the Fog

When you climb the rooftops around LA, you get some pretty nice vistas. This was taken from a parking lot in Chinatown. As I was waiting for the sun to set, a slow fog began to encroach engulfing the downtown skyline. Just when I thought all was lost, it opened up momentarily and I was able to get a shot. You are a tricky one, Mother Nature.

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