A Moment in Time

Can the past be fixed?
I always find surprising when I realize how malleable Time seems to be some times.

Even though it’s supposed to be a fixed thing with the same exact quantity of minutes in every hour, in some occasions Time appears to be so elastic that allows some minutes to feel longer and some other to feel shorter.

That also makes me think about how some things in our life are missed while we’re too busy doing other things. Then, when Time passes by, we can’t help wonder “where did the Time has gone?”

Watching a TV series the other day, called Third Watch, this phrase caught my attention when a policeman tells a friend “I’ve spent 25 years of my life in this game and nobody even told me I was playing.”

That made me remember this singular feeling that appears when we recover consciousness of our life after having been too busy, and then we realize all what we have missed during this period.

This situation also reminds me of a movie called Somewhere in time, because it reflects in a very precise way this feeling that an important part of our lives has gone lost “somewhere in time”.

The movie, stared by Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, is based on a novel called Bid Time Return, written by Richard Matheson, and it’s called in Spanish “Pidele al tiempo que vuelva” (Ask for the time to come back), which, I think, it also applies very well to this suffocating feeling that appears every time that we’ve missed something important and we wish we could go back in time to re-do those missing things.

May be this is one of the reasons why we can find so many books and TV series in which the main topic is the search for a device that allows us to travel in time.

But then the question always remains, is it really possible to change our past? Or are we condemned to live with it, just as General Kirk, from The Time Tunnel TV Series, said: “The past is something that we cannot change and we have to learn how to live with it”?

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Weekly Photo: Blue

History in Blue.
History in Blue.
This is one of those things I just don’t get tired of watching once an again. This unique fish shows little parts of history through blue and white tiles that cover it taking the observers to an unexpected trip to the past in a very amousing way.

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Up there, in the Himalayas

A the top of the World.
A the top of the World.

By Nora Vasconcelos

In her travels, Trish Nicholson has crossed the Tibetan Plateau, walked on the side of Mount Everest, and around the Annapurna range in Nepal, but it is to Bhutan she takes us, in her most recent book, Journey in Bhutan: Himalayan Trek in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon.*

Nyile range.
Nyile range.

Amazed by the outstanding Himalayan landscape, Nicholson also took time to meet the people, and through a series of very expressive photographs, she lets them ‘talk’ in their own words in the pages of her book.

Author in Bhutanese dress.
Author in Bhutanese dress.

Their customs, their everyday problems, their clothes and their food are all reflected here, along with the author’s lively anecdotes that make the readers feel like adventurous travelers going by her side through the rough paths of the Himalayas. This is a place of unique beauty, amazing constructions, and people who are kind enough to warm the heart of all travelers during their journey to this mystical part of the world.

Prayer wheel.
Prayer wheel.

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** All images courtesy of Trish Nicholson.

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Dreams and memories, the instruments of time-traveling

An endless journey through time.
A passionate reader, Herbert George Wells, better known as H.G. Wells, published in 1895 his novel The Time Machine, a story in which the adventures of the Time Traveler are revealed to a group of men of science.

As the story advances, the English writer talks about the instruments that allowed such a journey, letting everybody know the places and the ages that have been visited by the Traveler during his interminable voyage.

The time machine is described by Wells as “parts were of nickel, parts of ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal”.

Intrigued by it, they keep on listening to the details of such an outstanding trip, while the Time Traveler keeps bouncing in Time, getting amazed by all what he sees.

He’s gone and come back, and now he’s gone again. The machine is gone with him and nobody knows if he’ll comeback some day. The only thing that it’s for sure, as Wells says, is that “even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man”.

The story of the Time Machine has had such an impact in many writers, that ever since the story appeared, several stories related to time traveling have been published, as well as many tv series and even two movies under the same title as the novel by Wells, which were filmed following the main elements of The Time Machine. One in 1960, and another one in 2002. Is in the second one, Dr. Alexander Hartdegen, travels through time looking for an answer to the question “why he can’t change the past no matter how many time he has tried to do it so?”

That question and so many others related to time traveling are still in the air, but in the end it’s the same H.G. Wells gives an answer available for everyone: “We all have our time machines. Those that take us back are memories, and those that carry us forward, are dreams.”

And it was because of his dreams and memories shown in his novel, that H.G. Wells has been able to remain alive in the minds of the readers, and become in this way, the ultimate Time Traveler.

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Let’s food be our guide!

A feast of colors and aromas.
From the original recipes cooked in the ancient city of Petra (Jordan), to the modern fast food style find in places like Singapore and Los Angeles, hundreds of culinary trips are shown in the book Food Journeys of a Lifetime.

The collection of 500 places was prepare by the National Geographic team to give the readers a wonderful leisure time in which it’s really hard not to get hungry after finishing every chapter.

It’s just a matter of letting our hunger take us around the book to start traveling with our minds to famous street markets such as St. Lawrence in Toronto, Canada; the European cafés and bistros from Paris to Prague; and the museums dedicated to Food, like the one in Vevey, Switzerland, called Alimentarium.

Time just flies while going through every one of the food-traveling stories shown here, encouraging the readers to start a culinary journery of their own.

Now, it’s just a matter of packing a knife and a fork, and getting ready to try new and traditional dishes in the well known places for their food such as Italy, or soon-to-be discovered towns, and let food and our appetite lead the way!

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