Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Staycation

Merry December-Time friends! I hope you're enjoying your holidays, whatever those may be. My family does both Hanukkah and Christmas, though both as just another excuse to get together with family, but I love it nonetheless, and I love the holiday spirit that takes over everything this time of year! Unfortunately for Hanukkah, I did not have one free night this year to celebrate it, so my family kind of skipped right over it. That just means we'll have to make a bigger deal out of Christmas and I'm really looking forward to it! 


How is everyone celebrating this season? 


Mostly my life has been PACKED with work work work. But that does include yoga internships, tons of interpreting for  an array of topics you wouldn't even believe if I told you about, meeting new people, and hanging out with friends when I get the chance. 


Though none of this has involved traveling, I have actually been really enjoying my time at home, despite not literally having much time to chill at my apartment. I love jet setting back and forth but sometimes I need to take a breather, and focus on the life I sometimes miss out on. So now that I have a little bit of down time, I'm doing my best to take some vacation time for myself. 


That doesn't mean I don't stop dreaming about far off places though! And last week my mom gave me a gift that will help me travel everywhere without leaving my couch. She gave me a 6 month netflix subscription!! I"m so excited to catch up on movies, I'm never up to date on what is out or what's good, so I've been playing around and building up my queue and I wanted to share some of my favorite "destination" movies. Some of these are great for the plot itself, and some I just find really pretty or intriguing to watch as they make me want to go visit their countries. 


First- a classic L' Auberge Espagnole I admit I haven't seen this one in years so my memory is a bit fuzzy, but I love seeing the scenes in Barcelona and it's such a good depiction of different cultures, clashes and all. 



Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens)- A fantastic, witty, and intriguing movie from Argentina. Argentina has some of the greatest film makers in the world, and this plot will leave you guessing until the very end with all it's crazy twists. This is really fun to watch! 


El Mar Adentro (The Sea Within)- Directed by the famous Almodovar, he's a hero to most Spaniards. This movie is thought provoking and well written. The Mediterranean sea is of course beautiful but you'll probably end up too busy crying to notice. Still, I don't want to deter anyone from watching this because it is a wonderful movie and touches on some heavy topics that should be addressed at some point. 



Hotel Rwanda- Another heartbreaking movie, but I think a must watch for the African History. It's one of my all time favorites but I only watch it when I'm prepared to bawl my eyes out. I've always been fascinated by African culture and finding ways to better the current situation has been a very important cause for me for a long time. 


The Number One Ladies Detective Agency - For a happier side of Africa! This is an HBO series based on the books of the same names written by Alexander McCall Smith. I've read all the books and highly recommend both the books and the movies. You'll fall in love with the main character, Precious Ramotse. 


Monsoon Wedding - This movie is simply stunning to watch. The colors, the music, the vibrant Indian culture...I loved it. I decided after seeing this movie that I am going to have an Indian style wedding. It doesn't matter that I am not Indian or whether or not my future husband will be Indian. I want my wedding to be this pretty. 


Paris J'Taime - Oh Paris! What can I say about this? The title says it all. I do, I just love Paris, and this movie draws you into all the individual stories and I just imagine what my life would be like in Paris (Amazing I'm sure!) 





There are so many more I could list, but instead I'll just encourage you all to start exploring! I know I plan on using some of my free time to catch up on movies and take advantage of my unlimited supply of dvd's now, but I do want to ask for some help! 

MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS! What are your favorite movies? They don't have to be foreign, though I love those too. Anything I can order from Netflix that you think I HAVE to watch. Send me your list of favorites!

Lots of love and Happy Holidays!

Gaby

8 comments:

Jerry said...

I'd say you are past due for a staycation - you seem to be somewhere else every other week! ;)

Fav movies include the classic Christmas Story & the guilty pleasure of "Love Actually"...

Happy Holidays!!!

Kelly said...

I will comment!!! My family does Chanukah and Christmas too!! How funny!

N said...

Hi Gaby! I recommend Black Swan which just came out if you haven't seen it. I also recommend "A Prophet" as far as foreign films are concerned. It is excellent.

I understand wanting to travel, as human beings it is in our nature to be free. Have a great day and keep writing!

-Nick Barton

itsawrapteacher said...

Love Actually is one of my guilty faves too and Chevy Chase's family Christmas vacation never gets old. But I'm also an Audrey Hepburn fan: Roman Holiday or Breakfast at Tiffany's :)

Anonymous said...

i might have to check out nine queens.

purplebirdblog said...

I don't watch enough movies at all, but this list sounds awesome, especially Nine Queens! Thanks for the ideas! :)

Katie said...

Oh, I remember the first time I saw L'Auberge Espagnole! I was a freshman in college, and watched it on the floor of my room with a boy. Scandalous!

I'm so glad your yoga internship is going well! The next time you come, maybe we can take a class together. I'm kind of out of yoga shape right now but would love to go with you!

Have you seen "The Apartment" with Jack Lemon and Shirley MacLaine? it's FABULOUS.

damnthefreshman15 said...

Happy holidays!

I love film so much! One of my favorite foreign picks is Pan's Labyrinth. Totally agree with you on Paris Je t'aime--the Steve Buscemi story is one of my favorites.

By the way, TRY INDIKA! It's amazing! If you like red meat, go for the venison. If you like spicy pork things, grab the stuffed eggplant dish. And the pistachio-apricot naan is a must-try.

I'm only in town for a few more days (I leave the 2nd) but if you'd like to meet up, shoot me an email! (mimi.honeycutt (at) gmail.com)