This blog serves as the archive for my 2012 365 Project. Unless otherwise noted all photos are mine and are not to be used for any purpose without prior written permission.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


33/366: La Vida Es SueƱo
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: A store named after one of Calderon's most famous plays
Notes: I have to admit that I totally stole the idea for this photo from an acquaintance's FB cover photo. I love how it turned out.


32/366: Dear Friends
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Lunch with my dear friends 
Notes: My friends invited me to lunch at a Moroccan restaurant in Madrid. It was a beautiful place and they are beautiful people. 


31/366: Breakfast

Camera: Phone
Context: A cafe in Madrid
Notes: Who doesn't love a napolitana de choco?


30/366: Street Performers
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Madrid near the Puerto del Sol
Notes: Some street performers entertaining the tourists 

Monday, May 28, 2012


Camera: Phone
Context: A Sunday morning at the Rastro 
Notes: This is a large weekly flea market in La Latina. 


28/366: Lope de Vega's Garden
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: The garden behind the house that belonged to Spanish playwright Lope de Vega
Notes: I have tried several times to visit Lope de Vega's house, and this was the first time that I managed to get there when it was actually open. The house is amazing (no pictures allowed inside), and the garden is also beautiful. 

Friday, May 25, 2012


27/366: Gardens by the Puente de Toledo
Camera: Phone
Context: A view of the gardens below from the bridge at the Puente de Toledo 
Notes: I snapped this photo before I started my run this morning. It's such a lovely space.


26/366: Yummy Treats
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Bambas de Nata in a bakery window 
Notes: The shop had one fewer after I passed by....


25/366: El Real Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: an afternoon visit to a richly-appointed convent in Madrid
Notes: Sadly, they wouldn't allow photos inside, but this monastery founded by Juana de Austria is well worth the visit. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


24/366: Where some archives are nestled
Camera: Phone
Context: The secret passage into some church archives
Notes:I took this photo after leaving the archive empty handed but not so sad because of the beauty of this little hidden spot. 


23/366: The Biblioteca Nacional
Camera: Phone
Context: This is the side of the Biblioteca Nacional on a cooler but absolutely lovely spring day. 
Notes: This is where I've spent a lot of time lately.


22/366: Doggy in the 'hood
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Random but cute doggy on my street in Madrid
Notes: I've been noticing all the dogs because I miss mine so much.


21/366: The street where I used to live
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: An afternoon stroll in my old neighborhood in Madrid
Notes: I was feeling a bit nostalgic for my old neighborhood, so I walked around there for a while. I tried to visit my favorite cafe-bar, but it was closed so this was my photo of the day instead.

Friday, May 18, 2012


20/366: The Manzanares 
Camera: Phone
Context: A morning run along the Manzanares River
Notes: I went for a little 3 mile run along the river this morning. This time I headed in the direction of the Cathedral and Royal Palace. I had some great views of the city as I chugged along.


19/366: Barely Captured Demonstration
Camera: Phone
Context: Gay Rights Demonstration in Madrid
Notes: As I was walking to meet a friend, I stumbled across a pretty large group of protestors. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me and by the time I got my American cell phone on I barely got them in the background. 


18:366: Elderly Couple in a Park
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: An afternoon stroll in the gardens in Madrid
Notes: I love seeing couples strolling together. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


17/366: Flowers in the Royal Botanical Gardens
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: An afternoon in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Madrid
Notes: I was playing around with the macro settings on my camera for a couple of hours in the botanical gardens. This was the photo that I was the most pleased with out of the bunch. 


16/366: the Puente del Toledo
Camera: Phone
Context: One of the bridges along the Manzanares River in Madrid
Notes: The city of Madrid has done incredible work in the past few years of creating a wonderful recreational space along the Manzanares river with bike paths, play areas, and green spaces. If you are a runner or a cyclist, I highly recommend it!

Monday, May 14, 2012


15/366: The Prado
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: A Sunday afternoon at the Museo del Prado in Madrid
Notes: The Prado is my favorite museum in Madrid, and I try to go everytime that I'm in town. When I lived here several years ago it was open to the public for free one day a week. That day has since passed, but it's well worth the 12 Euro price of admission even though they no longer let you take photos inside either. 


14/366: La Pedriza
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Hiking in the countryside northwest of Madrid
Notes: This was the spot where we stopped for lunch and then turned around on the hike that I was on with a fantastic group of people. 


13/366 Pretty Balconies
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: My neighborhood in Madrid
Notes: I was tired after a long day in the archives so I didn't want to go too far afield for my 365 photo. Fortunately, my neighborhood offers some great subject material.

Friday, May 11, 2012


12/366: Neighborhood Graffiti 
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: My neighborhood in Madrid
Notes: I have to admit that one of the things that I love about Madrid is its grittier side. I always wonder why graffiti artists choose a particular subject matter and this mermaid is no exception. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012


11/366: The View From My Window
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: My flat in Madrid
Notes: This is the view that I have from my living room window in the apartment that I'm staying in while in Madrid. I like having an internal patio again, but this elevator freaks me out a little bit. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


10/366: The Plaza Mayor
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Arrival in Madrid
Notes: I spent some time walking around Madrid on the afternoon of the day that I arrived. I was trying to fend off jet lag and reset my clock. One of the places I walked to was the Plaza Mayor. 


9/366: Waiting to Fly
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: JFK airport
Notes: My hatred for the JFK airport was mitigated by the fact that I was getting on a flight to Madrid!


8/366: Breakfast at Northstar Cafe
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Brunching with friends at my favorite place in Columbus, Ohio
Notes: I couldn't resist having the hash and a biscuit as well as loads of delicious coffee. I didn't want to be too obnoxious by taking thousands of photos at brunch, but I could easily see how better lighting makes for better food photography. 

Monday, May 7, 2012


7/366: Capital City Half-Marathon

Camera: Phone
Context: Start line of the Capital City Half Marathon in Columbus, Ohio
Notes: Is that women yawning or yelling?

Sunday, May 6, 2012


6/366: Jeni's Ice Cream, NorthMarket Columbus, Ohio
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Food shopping and ice cream at the North Market
Notes: Jeni's is the best ice cream in the world. That is all. 

Friday, May 4, 2012


5/366: Wall Art at Hound Dog's Pizza
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Dinner at Hound Dog's Pizza Columbus, Ohio
Notes: My dear friend and I went for some of our favorite Columbus pizza to celebrate my arrival in town. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


4/366: One Month of Stuff in One Small Suitcase
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Packing for Columbus and Madrid
Notes: Because I'm cheap and because I don't want to be loaded down too much, I have packed for a month in a carry-on suitcase. 


3/365: Summery Beverage
Camera: Nikon D3000
Context: Night out with friends
Notes: I had a fun night out with some good friends - most of whom I had hardly seen this semester. It was an unofficial send off for two of us, and a great time. I may or may not have a bit of a hangover today....