As you may have guessed from my twitter updates, little Winston & I have taken a little trip to MADRID!
We’re here for 6 days ready to try out all the tapas, try some Rioja, Tempranillo, and any other wine, as well as check out some of Ernest Hemingway’s hangout places, Javier Bardem’s family’s tapas place and some areas i have been told to definitely check out (via Lactea) – everything here starts later, dinner at 10, people out drinking till the wee hours, and when i say wee hours i mean wee – till 6-7am just bar hopping, eating tapas, drinking and chatting! Not sure i can last that late – but i’m definitely up for soaking some culture whilst here – Prado, Thyssen & Sofia here i come!
Today Winston & i took a few long walks, we walked all the way to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, booked Winston in for a wash & cut (tomorrow @ 18:00!) – i’ll post some pix of his new do – window shopped and even had time for a cheeky pop into Starbucks. Yes, there is Starbucks here. I don’t even know why it made me happy to see the logo, but i guess it somehow filled me with familiarity – for 11 long years i’ve been so used to it, it’s kinda weird not seeing it around anymore. I didn’t even drink coffee from Starbucks in the end (i preferred it from Pret) and actually i don’t even drink coffee anymore – but today it was nice to have that choice, to go in, get a Chai tea, a croissant, some roasted Edamame beans and sit in that familiar surrounding – the couches, the wooden round tables and chairs, the various mugs on display for sale – it’s funny how the formula is the same everywhere, comforting, reassuring, or just a great marketing scheme to take over the world? Whatever the case, it was nice sitting in that over familiar environment, and then later walk away w/ my tea in one of those over familiar paper cups w/ the green mermaid logo.
Tonight? Perhaps some Taps & Vino – why not, after all we are in Madrid and the weekend? I believe Prado, Thyssen & Sofia are waiting as is the botanical garden. Can’t wait to see the center of Madrid and all of its barrios.
If you have any tips or suggestions – places i must check out, yoga centers, museums – please fire away!
Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops.
In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga.
After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa.
In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher.
Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.