My first visit to Madrid!

    Hey guys! I just returned from a week-long holiday in Madrid. I have a couple of friends there so I decided why not go to one of Europe’s friendliest gay cities now that I had some days off work.

    This was my first time in Madrid and I have to say that I fell in love with the city. The architecture is vey similar to that of Buenos Aires, after all, much of Argentina’s culture is based around the culture of Spain and Italy. I was impressed with how well kept the inner city i as far as buildings go, although the outer part of Madrid isn’t as pretty as the inner part. We spent a lot of time in the neighborhood of Chueca, which is the main gay neighborhood in Madrid.

     

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    Even though it was Autumn already, Madrid still offered a pretty good climate to walk around outside and have tapas at bar terraces located in the center. The metro system in Madrid works really well too so it was very easy to visit the city and move from neighborhood to neighborhood. Some other neighborhoods that I really liked were “La Latina”, “Salamanca” and “Gran Via”. We did most of our partying at the Space nightclub which is located north of downtown Madrid. The music played in this nightclub is the usual “repetitive techno” that is so common in gay-friendly nightclubs. I’m personally bored out of my mind with the techno played in these nightclubs, but anyway, after a couple of Bacardi rums, I can put up with all the repetitive noise.

    There are two main parks in the city of Madrid, one is called “El Retiro” and the other one is called “Casa de Campo”. I really liked both but I didn’t like the fact that there were some shady people around the “Casa de Campo” park, including prostitutes and drug dealers.

    The Salamanca neighborhood in Madrid is where all the high-end shops are and of course, we spent a whole day spending a whole month’s salary buying new clothes! I got myself some nice shirts from Armani, a couple of Polo t-shirts from Lacoste, a couple of trousers from Zara and all my underwear from Calvin Klein. It’s Spring here in Buenos Aires so I bought clothes that are suited to Spring and Summer. I’ve got enough Winter clothes but I may have to visit Madrid again to buy a new range of Winter clothes considering how many high-end shops we visited! One thing that I dislike about Buenos Aires is that there aren’t enough high-end shops and, me, coming from New York, well, you can expect that I’m used to seeing high-end fashion shops everywhere.

    The week in Madrid went by super fast. In between hangovers and partying, we did a lot of walking and sight seeing. I took a lot of photographs and bought a couple of souvenirs from Madrid. The airfare wasn’t that expensive so I may be visiting Madrid again in the future, although my next European city to visit is Berlin!!

    I’ll leave you now with some photographs from Madrid that we took.

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      My attempt at the slicked back undercut hairstyle with hair products!!

      I got a new haircut so why not blog about it. I have been in love with Brad Pitt for as long as I can remember so when I saw Brad Pitt’s haircut in Fury… well I knew that I had to get it!

      brad pittSo I went to the barber with a picture of Brad Pitt’s Fury haircut and told the guy (in Spanish!!) how to give me the haircut. I read all about the hairstyle online and it turns out that the hairstyle is called a slicked back undercut hairstyle and you style it back with slicked back hair. You also have to buy the right hair products for men like a pomade, hair wax, a strong comb and a blow dryer if you want some volume on your slicked back hair. To me it just looks like I’m trying to decipher a broken puzzle with the Fury haircut of Brad Pitt. I had also heard of the undercut in the past but I had no idea how to get an undercut or what slicking your hair means. Lucky for me that guide in the link solved quite a few hair product questions that I had and the site had other hairstyle guides, so it was all good. Well until I had to translate the hairstyle advice from that website’s guides into Spanish and tell my barber about it.

      After the barber gave me the ‘OK’ signal, he started buzzing my hair. If you don’t know what a slicked back undercut is, it’s basically a haircut where the hair from the sides are buzzed while still leaving enough length on the top to comb the hair back, this is what barbers call slicked back hair and there are several types of slicked back hairstyles which I was surprised to learn about since I thought combing your hair as a guy was pretty simply and even if it meant using pomade and a comb to slick back your hair.

      When the barber was done buzzing the sides my hair looked weird but the barber told me that this was only the first stage of the haircut. So I said whatever and told him to continue. But what I was seeing in the mirror wasn’t looking good. It really wasn’t. My hair is wavy and as each minuted passed my hair was getting frizzier and frizzier. It was also filling up like a balloon. I don’t know, it’s the first time that I actually experience this type of haircut or hair effect for that matter.

      brad pitt furyThe last part of my wannabe Fury haircut required the hair on the back of my head to be trimmed. So the barber turned the barber chair by 180 degrees so that I could no longer face the mirror. He spent a good 10 minutes trimming the back which meant that I no longer knew how my hair looked. All I could think of was that my hair would look better than the mess that this guy was doing. Then he turned back the barber chair and I looked in the mirror…

      I wanted to cry. Think of haircut that looks exactly the opposite to the Fury haircut of Brad Pitt. Now multiply that by 100 and you get my haircut. It was just horrible!!! The barber who cut my hair noticed my disappointment in my new haircut and said if I needed anything else cut which it may not sound too awkward in English but it does in Spanish. I told him that I was done, so I paid for the haircut and left.

      my new haircutI went back to the website where I read about the Fury hairstyle and tried to see if there was any other hairstyle that I could use with this haircut. There weren’t any. So I went around reading some more on what sort of hairstyle to use for my awkward haircut. I managed to get something out of that and tried to just give the hair on the top a messy look. It didn’t look as bad as my previous attempt at the sexy slicked back undercut hairstyle of Brad Pitt, so that was a bit of a relief. Here is the picture of my hair. At least I’ve learned where not to get my next haircut!!!

        The obsession with beauty and with being handsome and sexy

        In today’s society we are driven to become a plastic carbon based life form. Derived from such levels of perfection that the average Joe may not be able to meet. He works hard and yet does not have the genetic makeup that would allow his physical form to meet with the imaginary bar set so high by those in Hollywood. Even with the most dedicated of gym routines and diet restrictions.

        abercrombie posterIt is suggested that eating disorders are mainly a female oriented disorder; however, this is simply not the case. While it may have been true at one time, more and more men suffer from eating disorders and depression brought on by the inability to become as the mythical creature-physical perfection. Leaving the average Joe feeling inadequate while insecure within his own skin.

        It is time to get over it already. There is such diversity in physical forms in America today; we need to except that not everyone will be a molded plastic copy. There is a quality and worth found in the beauty of the human body, and it is not under copy write nor licensed by any gym, or marketing exec. Appreciate the form and realize that as anything else, it will come in all shapes and sizes. There are several components, which makes a person attractive along with the physical form.

        These qualities no matter how rich in beauty one may be cannot be acquired at a gym, infomercial or bought. They are present in our personality and heart. Without these, a person can become an empty shell of counterfeit plastic like qualities, which tends to kill their ability to be real. Leaving some of the Twinks as they are called-like the snack itself, full of Empty calories. When it comes to the mental ability to inspire and enrich another’s life.

        What are the so-called qualities that can make a person attractive to others? Well, here are some to name a few. Remembering that it is in each persons uniqueness, which brings variety into our life.

        sexy guys posterKindness and sensitivity: The ability to show compassion and kindness to those around you draw people to you. This is a quality that many of the so-called beautiful people, lack in this day of dog eat dog mentality. Showing and offering sensitivity for others is not something that can be faux in nature. It is a realness in an emotional offering of friendship that comes form within. These emotions and character traits come naturally to those that live their life by the Golden rule.

        Kinship and loyalty: Offering someone a true bond as an honest ally is an offering. It is time tested and stands true. This comes from someone that is secure with their own self, hence holds the ability to encourage and remain true, even when temptations to sell one out may come. The honest soul will stand by you. They will not feel the need to compete with you rather join you in life’s journey.

        The ability to remain Positive and Optimistic: Does this mean being a merry sunshine twenty-four? No, no one can be happy all the time, and if they are, check the medicine cabinet. Everyone has moments in life where they deal with negative energies. However, the one that can bounce back and cope accordingly attracts others to them. Realizing the bigger picture of life, and finding the lesson therein.

        An even temperament: This simply displayed, in those able to remain themselves through adversity. While, others around them may be reenacting the Hanger scene from Mommy dearest. This person is able to rationally deal with situation life may bring. Leaving the drama for the silver screen. It is a soft-spoken person that will inspire and teach those around them.

        Intelligence: An intelligent mind that seeks knowledge, while not becoming a know it all. No body enjoys a blow hard, however, a mental stimulating quality about someone that can hold his own in the academic dream pool. This person will usually have a curious trait by nature, encouraging enriching the mind as well as the physical. Appreciating the individuals around them for the sheer magnificent force, they are.

        abercrombie poster 2All of these are personality traits present in those, where their beauty shines through from the inner being. Does this mean that the pretty people cannot possess these qualities? That would be as unhealthy, as the stereotype of any man that lives outside of the gym, is somehow unworthy. There are good and bad in all lifestyles. A fact that people fail to realize at times. The old adage “Do not judge a book by its cover” has never been so truly needed; in the world as it is now. In the race to become all we can be. We need to stop and remember that we may just be missing opportunities to enjoy people worth their weight in gold, when it comes to the gift of sincerity they posses inside.

        The bottom line here is this. Be comfortable with yourself, and not by anyone’s standard but your own. If you are happy with your physical form, than allow that to be enough for you. If you want to improve it, do so. Know the reasons that are prompting your concern, and weigh out what is right for your body. Do not allow anyone or venue to decide what is too much or too little for you. Remembering the truly important qualities which, come from the inside.