CBBH Photo Challenge: Blue

This month´s CBBH Photo Challenge is the colour blue. On her post, Marianne writes that “Over the ages blue has become associated with steadfastness, dependability, wisdom and loyalty (note how many uniforms are blue).” Well, my school uniform was mainly blue (navy blue tunic, sky blue shirt, blue and maroon sash and tie, blue socks and brown shoes) so this made me chuckle. Then I remembered I took a photo of the old boys from the Jersey Militia back in June 2008. Jersey is one of my favourite places on earth. The day I arrived from Dallas, I went for a walk around St. Helier. I was jetlagged so I don’t really remember the details, but I came across a formal ceremony. Since it was June 6th, I assume they were commemorating the Battle of Normandy, but don’t quote me on that.

Jersey militiamen. Funnily enough, these ladies are also wearing blue!

More on uniforms. This time, I present you two granaderos (grenadiers) standing guard outside General José de San Martin’s mausoleum inside Buenos Aires Cathedral. San Martin is one of the founding fathers of Argentina and part of his great legacy is the Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers (Regimiento de Granaderos a Caballo), to which these two soldiers belong. Our national flag –blue, by the way- is draped over his tomb.

Two granaderos standing guard. What happens if they get bored, or tired, or thirsty, I wonder?

Patagonia is a land of deep blues and greens that turn into greys and white in the winter.

Photo credit: my parents

The tidal range in Jersey is one of the largest in the world. According to Visit Jersey, “The landmass of Jersey grows by around a third when the tide is out, ensuring the tidal range is one of the largest in the world.” I found it puzzling to see boats marooned on the sand like this one, until I learned about the tides and got used to the sight.

Le Hocq, Parish of St. Clement, Jersey (Channel Islands)

A fun display at Kensington Market, Toronto:

My two blog picks of the month:

Seashells and Sunflowers, by an American expat living in Argentina

Tour Absurd, a funny blog written by an American expat living in Ireland

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

I lived in the same city for the first 32 years of my life. Everything and everybody were familiar to me, we spoke the same language, had more or less the same traditions, ate more or less the same food. Although I visited other countries -my first international trip was at the age of 6-, I never felt foreign, probably because I didn’t have time to immerse myself in the local culture deeply enough to feel different.

I moved to Texas in 2005. Talk about a life-changing experience! That’s when “being foreign” was brought home to me: different language, customs, social mores, traditions and the list goes on. Food is part of what makes you feel at home. Or not. I had a hard time trying to eat this beer can chicken, a local Texan delicacy. The can protruding from the chicken’s rear really put me off.

Not sure I want to eat this. Would you?

CBBH Photo Challenge: windows

I recently came across this photo challenge organized by East of Malaga blog and I though it was fun. This month’s theme is “windows,” which can lead to many different directions.

Here’s a few windows from around the world that caught my attention for different reasons:

The ground floor window at the Dallas Museum of Art. Those glass flowers were made by American artist Dale Chichuly and decorate this wonderful window of the Cafe.
A typical example of rural architecture in Carlos Keen, Argentina.

 

I adore those wrought iron balconies in Dinan, France
A somewhat unconventional shop window in Kensington Market, Toronto, Canada.
I love the reflection of the clouds on this window from a farmhouse in Jersey, Channel Islands.
An example of typical Spanish colonial architecture in Lujan, Argentina
The Chagall window at Chichester Cathedral, England

I discovered this challenge through this post by Meg Travels. Thanks!

Have a look at Restless Jo’s blog if you’re interested in Portugal. Great photos!