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The Bar Kochba Rebellion took place from 132-135 CE, and by that time period most of the Judean peasantry seems to have been practicing Judean Christianity, which differed greatly from later Constantinian Christianity and probably differed little from Islam, in which Jesus is the Messiah but neither a divinity nor one aspect of a trinity.
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Excellent article. I just found hundreds of old river navigation maps in an old boat we bought and are remodeling for an Airbnb rental.
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More information: This unforgettable experience doesn’t come cheap. Booking through Airbnb will cost US$450 (NZ$661) a person, including transfers to and from Cusco. But it may change your life. Skylodge’s operator, Natura Vive, also offers lunch,...
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RJ Hunter values his second chance with the Boston Celtics so much, he planned to attend the team's playoff games -- both home and away -- on his own dime.

As a two-way player, Hunter is not eligible to play in the postseason, and he assumed the league's rules would limit his role with the parent club in terms of traveling with the team given those restrictions. So he looked into Airbnb offerings in Indianapolis (he rented an apartment near the practice facility in Boston after signing with the team), and started making plans on his own.

Turns out, Danny Ainge and company are allowed to and going to pick up his tab.

RJ has a strong bond with the team that drafted him, and after a few stints in the NBA's G-League as a fourth-year journeyman, wants to squeeze every second he can out of a front-row seat to the biggest event in the NBA calendar. Said Hunter (per MassLive's Tom Westerholm):

"These guys have been great welcoming me in the locker room, so I’m trying to show my support ... We die for opportunities like that in the G-League ... Just being out there was crazy. We don’t see a lot of opportunities, so when we do and we take care of it, that’s definitely big for us."

Hunter is not  the lone Celtics two-way player traveling with the team, either. Celtics two-way point guard PJ Dozier is joining him, and, equally happy to be along for the ride, made their support a point of emphasis (again per Westerholm):

"That’s what we’re here for, still here to help our team win as many games as we can ... so that’s what we’re going to do."

Let's hope the top of the minutes distribution is coming to the table with as much energy and enthusiasm for what's shaping up to be a tougher-than-expected first round in the absence of Marcus Smart - because this is exactly the type of hungry mindset Boston needs to propel itself into the second round and beyond.

For more stories by Justin, click here.

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In this week's show, Ross and Jono share their thoughts on the recent Israeli elections, Bibi's win, and rumors about the contents of the long-awaited peace plan being called the "Deal of the Century." Bibi's opponents aren't the only losers covered in this week's show. Iran is mad that the U.S. listed its Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group, Airbnb is forced to eat their antisemitic stand, and a drunk woman goes to trial for being belligerent on a flight. BDS supporters are probably disappointed that Madonna will be singing in Tel Aviv, and Israel lands on the moon. Didn't someone predict that the Messiah would appear before the Israeli elections? Don't miss Moon Landings, Madonna, and the Missing Messiah.
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Οι βραχυχρόνιες μισθώσεις ανεβάζουν στα ύψη τα ενοίκια και διώχνουν τους νοικάρηδες. Τα ενοίκια ανεβαίνουν όχι μόνο στο κέντρο αλλά και σε πιο απομακρυσμένες περιοχές. Πόσο έχουν πάρει πάνω οι τιμές στα ενοίκια στις περιοχές του κέντρου της Αθήνας. Σαφάρι της εφορίας στις βραχυχρόνιες μισθώσεις.


Φωκίωνος Νέγρη, Κυψέλη: Διαμέρισμα 45 τ.μ., κατασκευής του 1977, δευτέρου ορόφου. Τιμή ενοικίασης 390 ευρώ. Μία τέτοια αγγελία, που πριν από μία πενταετία θα αποτελούσε… είδος προς εξαφάνιση -ειδικά για ακίνητα σε λιγότερο ανεπτυγμένες περιοχές- σήμερα συνιστά τον κανόνα. Κι αυτό γιατί, όπως σημειώνουν στον Ελεύθερο Τύπο κτηματομεσιτικοί παράγοντες, το «ρεύμα» των βραχυχρόνιων μισθώσεων, τύπου Airbnb και HomeAway, έχει παρασύρει ανοδικά τα ενοίκια όχι μόνο στις δημοφιλείς για τους χρήστες των επίμαχων πλατφορμών συνοικίες, αλλά και στις πέριξ αυτών.

“Πέραν της Κυψέλης, όπου οι τιμές μίσθωσης ενδέχεται να “αγγίξουν” ακόμη και τα εννέα ευρώ/τ.μ – έναντι σχεδόν επτά ευρώ/τ.μ πέρυσι – υπάρχουν και πολλές άλλες περιοχές με ενοικια εξίσου υψηλά, σε σχέση, για παράδειγμα, με την κατάσταση των κτιριακών τους υποδομών ή το γενικότερο περιβάλλον», τονίζουν χαρακτηριστικά. Προς επίρρωση, όπως προκύπτει από την έρευνα του πανελλαδικού δικτύου Ε-Real Estates, που παρουσιάζει ο «Ε.Τ.», τόσο στην Πλατεία Αμερικής όσο και στην Πλατεία Αττικής τα ενοικια ξεκινούν από τα τέσσερα ευρώ/τ.μ. για να φτάσουν έως και τα επτά ευρώ/τ.μ.

«Ένα μέσο διαμέρισμα, δηλαδή από 70 τ.μ. έως 95 τ.μ., 1ου ορόφου, στις επίμαχες συνοικίες μπορεί να μισθώνεται σήμερα έως και 660 ευρώ/μήνα. Τέτοιες τιμές είπαν να δουν οι ιδιοκτήτες τους από εποχές προ κρίσης», προσθέτουν οι παραπάνω παράγοντες. Ακόμη υψηλότερα κινούνται τα ενοίκια σε Κεραμεικό – Μεταξουργείο, φθάνοντας ακόμη και τα 10 ευρώ/τ.μ. – 12 ευρώ/τ.μ. Αξίζει να επισημανθεί πως, με βάση την έρευνα, το κόστος μίσθωσης για ένα διαμέρισμα αντίστοιχων προδιαγραφών, για παράδειγμα στο Κολωνάκι ξεκινά από 13 ευρώ/ τ.μ.

«Οι μεγαλύτερες αυξήσεις τιμών, όσον αφορά στις συμβατικές μισθώσεις, παρατηρούνται στις άλλοτε υποβαθμισμένες περιοχές του κέντρου της Αθήνας και κυρίως στις όμορες των πολυδιαφημιζόμενων περιοχών, που έχουν «κατακτηθεί» από τη βραχυχρόνια μίσθωση», εξηγεί, από την πλευρά του, ο πρόεδρος του Ε-Real Estates, Θεμιστοκλής -Ανδρέας Μπάκας, για να συνεχίσει: «Στην αύξηση των τιμών, βέβαια, συντελούν και μία σειρά από άλλοι παράγοντες, όπως η εγγύτητα στα μέσα μαζικής μεταφοράς, η απόσταση από το κέντρο της πόλης, καθώς και τα λιγοστά διαθέσιμα ακίνητα». Σύμφωνα με τον ίδιο, το προσεχές διάστημα η μια μετά την άλλη οι συνοικίες… δορυφόροι θα «ενδώσουν» ,επίσης, στη βραχυχρόνια μίσθωση, εις βάρος, βέβαια, των παραδοσιακών ενοικιαστηρίων.

«Οι επενδυτές δίνουν το «ρυθμό». Σταδιακά, λοιπόν, παρατηρείται μία στροφή προς λιγότερο δημοφιλείς περιοχές. Γιατί, άλλωστε, να διαθέσουν υψηλά ποσά για την αγορά μιας κατοικίας σε Κολωνάκι ή Λυκαβηττό και να μην επιλέξουν να τοποθετηθούν,για παράδειγμα, στα Εξάρχεια; Οι τιμές στην περιοχή είναι σαφώς χαμηλότερες, αλλά τα ενοίκια φαίνεται πως «τσιμπάνε», φθάνοντας ακόμη και τα επτά ευρώ/τ.μ.», υπογραμμίζει ο κ. Μπάκας.

Αξίζει να επισημανθεί πως, σύμφωνα με την AirDna, την ιστοσελίδα που αναλύει τα δεδομένα Airbnb και HomeAway, οι ενεργές αγγελίες βραχυχρόνιας μίσθωσης στην Κυψέλη είναι 156, ενώ ο αριθμός τους σε Πλατεία Αττικής και Πλατεία Αμερικής υπολογίζεται σε 384 και 89 αντίστοιχα. Τέλος, περισσότερα από 230 είναι τα διαθέσιμα προς… βραχυμίσθωση ακίνητα στον Κεραμεικό.

Υπόλοιπη Αθήνα

Εξίσου ανοδική πάντως είναι η πορεία των μισθωμάτων και στις υπόλοιπες περιοχές της Αθήνας, με τους ενδιαφερόμενους να βρίσκονται πολλές φορές αντιμέτωποι με το δίλημμα “μίσθωση ή αγορά”. Σύμφωνα με την έρευνα του E-Real Estates, σπίτια άνω της 15ετιας, που πέρσι προσφέρονταν προς μακροχρόνια μίσθωση σε τιμές, οι οποίες ξεκινούσαν από τα τέσσερα ευρώ/τ.μ., πλέον έχουν «καπέλο» κοντά στα δύο ευρώ/τ.μ. Ενδεικτικό παράδειγμα ο Βύρωνας, που ενώ πέρυσι τα ενοίκια κυμαίνονταν από τέσσερα ευρώ/τ.μ. έως και έξι ευρώ/τ.μ. σήμερα διατίθενται από έξι ευρώ/τ.μ, έως οκτώ ευρώ/τ.μ. Το ίδιο ισχύει και για τον Γέρακα ( από ενοίκια έξι ευρώ/τ.μ. με οκτώ ευρώ/τ,μ. σήμερα έναντι τεσσάρων ευρώ/τ.μ. Το 2018).

«Σε περίπτωση που οι ενοικιαστές επιθυμούν ένα νεότερο σπίτι, τότε θα χρειαστεί να βάλουν.. βαθύτερα το χέρι στην τσέπη. Προς επίρρωση, η τιμή μίσθωσης ενός διαμερίσματος έως 15 ετών μπορεί, να «αγγίξει» στις παραπάνω περιοχές έως και τα εννέα ευρώ/τ.μ.», καταλήγει ο επικεφαλής του Δικτύου. Σε κάθε περίπτωση, η Πανελλήνια Ομοσπονδία Ιδιοκτητών Ακινήτων (ΠΟΜΙΔΑ) συνιστά στους ενδιαφερόμενους να ξεκινήσουν την αναζήτηση στέγης “πόρτα πόρτα”. “Ρωτήστε παντού, ακόμη και αν δεν υπάρχουν ενοικιαστήρια”, σημειώνει χαρακτηριστικά.


«Τσιμπημένα» σε σύγκριση με το 2018 εμφανίζονται τα μισθώματα και στην περιφέρεια, με τους μεσίτες, ωστόσο, να σημειώνουν τις μεγάλες διακυμάνσεις που παρατηρούνται από περιοχή σε περιοχή. Ενδεικτικά, ένα νεόδμητο διαμέρισμα στη Νέα Παραλία Θεσσαλονίκης μπορεί να διατεθεί έναντι 11 ευρώ/τμ., όταν, για παράδειγμα, το ίδιο σπίτι στην Κάτω Τούμπα ή στην Καλαμαριά νοικιάζεται από έξι ευρώ/τ.μ. Τιμολογιακές διαφορές υπάρχουν, όπως είναι αναμενόμενο, και μεταξύ παλαιών και νέων ακινήτων Έτσι, ένα σπίτι 70 τ.μ άνω της 15ετίας στα Ιωάννινα ή στην Κόρινθο μισθώνεται για περίπου 210 ευρώ/μήνα, όταν το κόστος ενοικίασης για ένα νέο ακίνητο με τα ίδια, ωστόσο, τετραγωνικά υπολογίζεται σε 350 ευρώ μηνιαίως.
Σαφάρι της εφορίας στις βραχυχρόνιες μισθώσεις

Προειδοποίηση προς τους ιδιοκτήτες, που επιλέγουν να μισθώνουν τα ακίνητά τους μέσω της οικονομίας του διαμοιρασμού, χωρίς, ωστόσο, να τα έχουν δηλώσει στην πλατφόρμα, που σύστησε η Ανεξάρτητη Αρχή Δημοσίων Εσόδων (ΑΜΕ) ειδικά για αυτό τον σκοπό, απηύθυνε η υφυπουργός Οικονομικών, κυρία Κατερίνα Παπανάτσιου. «Υπάρχουν στοιχεία, τα οποία θα συλλέξουμε από τις τρεις πλατφόρμες (AirBnb, HomeAway και Booking) και πολύ γρήγορα θα προβούμε σε διασταυρώσεις», ανέφερε χαρακτηριστικά σε πρόσφατη συμμετοχή της σε διαδικτυακή συζήτηση για τις βραχυχρόνιες μισθώσεις, εκφράζοντας την άποψη πως το ισχύον νομοθετικό πλαίσιο πρέπει να διευρυνθεί. Αξίζει να τονιστεί πως το τελευταίο διάστημα φέρεται να έχει ανοίξει μία συζήτηση γύρω από τη συνεργασία κράτους τοπικής αυτοδιοίκησης, προκειμένου να υπάρξει μία κάποιου είδους χαρτογράφηση των ακινήτων, που διατίθενται μέσω πλατφορμών.

«Οι δήμοι Θα μπορούσαν κάλλιστα να συλλέξουν δεδομένα, αναφορικά τις περιοχές, οι οποίες υπολείπονται στο επίμαχο κομμάτι και η κυβέρνηση από την πλευρά της, να παρά κίνητρα στους ενδιαφερόμενο εξηγούν στον «Ε.Τ.» αρμόδιες πηγές, προσθέτοντας πως στην περίπτωση των υπερκορεσμένων συνοικιών μπορούσαν να ισχύσουν μία από περιορισμούς.

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Estande da Marvel Studios na CCXP17

Em dezembro de 2017 estive pela primeira vez na Comic-Con Experience (CCXP), em São Paulo. Também foi minha primeira viagem solo. Muitas coisas deram certo, outras nem tanto, e hoje a nerdaiada brasileira se prepara novamente para invadir a capital paulista entre os dias 5 e 8 de dezembro.

Na época eu fiz quase um bate e volta e não achei que minha experiência fosse digna de nota, mas como qualquer experiência é experiência e disseram na enquete do Twitter que gostariam de algumas dicas sobre como proceder no evento, finalmente estou aqui para trazer um pouco de luz a quem está perdido. Este post é principalmente para quem, assim como eu, mora em outro estado.

Dividi este post em categorias para ficar mais organizado e ajudar quem tem interesse em apenas um tema específico. Inclusive, ORGANIZAÇÃO é a palavra chave é a palavra chave para qualquer pessoa que está planejando uma viagem ou ida a um evento específico. Então, pegue o seu bloquinho e tome nota do que eu vou explicar aqui (ou salve nos favoritos, né?).

O que é que eu compro primeiro?

Sem a ou as credenciais você não vai entrar, né? Em 2017, eu comprei a credencial primeiro, depois a hospedagem, as passagens e por último o seguro viagem (importante!). Neste ano, providenciei a hospedagem primeiro porque fiquei com medo de perder a vaga no local que escolhi. Isso porque acho que ele será bem procurado no período do evento. Em seguida, as credenciais e depois vão as passagens. Esta ordem depende da sua disponibilidade, do que você pretende, quanto tempo vai ficar lá, do seu orçamento. Coloque tudo no papel.

Comprando a credencial (ingresso)

As credenciais da CCXP19 começaram a ser vendidas em 9 de abril. Você pode comprar uma credencial para quantos dias quiser ou uma para ir aos quatro dias. Escrevo este post em 13 de abril e os ingressos Full Experience e Quatro Dias já estão esgotados. Também existem as categorias Epic Experience e Unlock. Para mais detalhes do que cada uma oferece, clique aqui.

Sábado é, sem dúvida, o dia mais concorrido e mais cheio da CCXP. É o ingresso que tem maior potencial para acabar primeiro, especialmente quando houver algum anúncio para a data. Assim como na San Diego Comic-Con, sábado é o dia tradicional do painel da Marvel Studios. O domingo também está com o mesmo preço nesta edição.

Outra coisa importante que você precisa saber é que neste ano o Omelete (=P) separou financeiramente a Meia-Entrada do Ingresso Social. Antes era tudo o mesmo preço. Agora, a Meia-Entrada é para estudantes, idosos, pessoas com deficiência, aposentados, professores das redes estaduais e municipais de São Paulo.

Painel de ingressos por volta das 19h de 13 de abril no site da CCXP

E o Ingresso Social, que ficou R$ 20 mais caro, é para quem doar um livro em bom estado na entrada do evento. Não pode ser qualquer livro. ATENÇÃO: se você comprou a credencial para os quatro dias, vai doar apenas 1 livro. Mas, se por exemplo, você comprou quinta esexta, vai doar um livro na quinta e outro livro na sexta, entendeu?

Para comprar é preciso fazer um cadastro no site da CCXP. Se você já tem uma conta na loja Mundo Geek, é só usar o mesmo login. Lá no site você escolhe os dias (coloque no carrinho um de cada vez), preencher os dados solicitados para sair na sua credencial, escolher a forma de pagamento (cartão, boleto bancário, pode parcelar também), escolher como quer pegar a credencial (receber em casa por R$ 21 de frete ou pegar no São Paulo Expo no dia – tem fila), comprar um cordão temático pra pendurar a credencial (se você não quiser, a credencial chega com um cordão da CCXP. Você não vai ficar sem).

Deus que livre e guarde, aconteceu alguma coisa e você não pode mais ir. O site da CCXP explica que você pode CANCELAR A COMPRA e receber seu dinheiro de volta, desde que faça o procedimento sete dias depois de comprar e antes que complete 48 horas antes do evento. Saiba mais aqui

Indo para São Paulo

Eu fui e voltei de avião porque 1) Tenho medo de acidentes nas estradas 2) Naquela época, a passagem do ônibus estava o mesmo preço do avião. Entre enfrentar 10 horas apavorada a cada curva ou penhasco no “balaio” de BH pra São Paulo ou 1h20 de avião...

A vantagem do ônibus é que é só comprar as passagens pela internet ou na rodoviária (que em condições normais é mais barata do que pra voar), não tem que pagar pelas malas, não tem check-in. Fora que a maioria das pessoas tem medo é do avião. O ônibus tem menos burocracia também.

De avião é o seguinte: você deve comparar os preços das passagens em cada companhia aérea. Existem sites e aplicativos que fazem isso por você. Quando encontrar, saiba que comprar direto no site ou app da empresa (Gol, Azul, Latam, etc) é mais barato porque alguns sites especializados cobram uma “comissão”.

Enquanto escolhe, é bom monitorar as páginas das companhias DIARIAMENTE, e MAIS DE UMA VEZ POR DIA. Uma promoção pode surgir a qualquer momento.

Dezembro é mês de chuva no Sudeste brasileiro. Prepare-se.

Se você nunca viajou de avião, saiba que os procedimentos de embarque geralmente são bem tranquilos e a equipe da companhia aérea vai tirar todas as suas dúvidas e te ajudar no que fazer e aonde ir.

O mais chatinho é separar o que pode levar no avião ou não, o que vai em cada bagagem (spoiler: dinheiro, documentos e objetos de valor não são despachados, ficam coladinhos com você). Nos sites das empresas você encontra essas explicações, e vou indicar este post aqui também.

Infelizmente, hoje em dia a bagagem despachada (aquela mala grande que é pesada na balança da companhia aérea, fica com eles e você pega na esteira depois) é cobrada à parte. Como são só quatro dias de CCXP, se você não for fazer cosplay, acho que dá pra ir tranquilamente com bagagem de mão (mala menor que vai no compartimento em cima da poltrona e tem que seguir rigorosamente estas medidas) e uma mochila ou bolsa que cabe no seu colo ou debaixo do banco do passageiro da frente. A bagagem de mão e o item pessoal (essa bolsa) você pode levar de graça.

Uma coisa boa que é na hora que você desembarcar não vai ter que ficar esperando sua mala aparecer na esteira. É só pegar sua mochila e/ou bagagem de mão e sair PLENA (ou PLENO, ou PLENX) pelo saguão do aeroporto. Você viaja mais leve, o que dá mais liberdade de movimento e deslocamento e ainda economiza dinheiro.

Onde ficar

Já falei várias vezes que eu posso ser bem pão-dura e a atual conjuntura nacional ™ favorece isso. Se me perguntar onde ficar, rapidamente vou responder HOSTEL. Esse hotel com um S no meio é a opção mais barata de hospedagem e bom pra quem vai sozinho. Ao contrário do que muita gente pensa, se você não quiser não precisa dividir um quarto com um monte de gente que nunca viu na vida. É possível reservar um quarto individual (com banheiro coletivo do lado de fora) ou uma suíte (quarto com banheiro dentro). Essas duas opções são mais caras que o quarto coletivo, mas ainda assim mais baratas do que os hotéis.

A diferença é gritante. Em uma comparação que eu fiz, três noites em um hostel não chegavam ao valor de uma diária em um hotel três estrelas de São Paulo. Alguns hostels oferecem café da manhã de graça, outros cobram uma taxa. Você também pode usar a cozinha compartilhada e fazer seu almoço, pode pedir comida, etc. Peça mais informações e negocie a reserva diretamente com os proprietários ou gerentes. Normalmente você paga uma entrada e o restante no primeiro dia da hospedagem. Aí vai de cada um. Se você pode e quer ficar em um hotel, fique.

Pesquise tudo em sites como TripAdvisor ou o próprio Google pra ver o que as pessoas estão falando do lugar onde você quer ficar. Se é seguro, limpo, caro, se é área de enchente, se os funcionários são legais. Acredite: as pessoas falam de absolutamente TUDO. E peça referências de hospedagem para alguém que você conhece e já esteve na cidade. Airbnb pode ser uma boa para quem vai em grupo, dá pra dividir o valor.

Independentemente da sua opção de hospedagem, procure uma que fique perto do São Paulo Expo (onde acontece a CCPX) ou se que seja fácil para chegar até lá. Assim, introduzo o próximo tópico...

Transporte público em São Paulo

Uma mulher sozinha já anda cabreira pela rua, de olho em tudo. Se ela tá viajando sozinha é pior ainda. Quando decidi ir assim para a CCXP, botei na cabeça que faria de tudo pra não parecer turista. Então, viajei só com uma mochila e comprei um Bilhete Único.

O Bilhete Único é o equivalente ao Cartão BHBus que a gente tem aqui na roça para andar de ônibus e metrô. Você compra, coloca um valor nele e anda no transporte público pra cima e pra baixo sem usar dinheiro em espécie. Praticamente todo mundo tem. Mas, ao contrário de BH, não dá pra comprar o Bilhete Único em qualquer estação ou até no ônibus em São Paulo. Ele é vendido em apenas alguns terminais, o que pode dificultar as coisas.

No entanto, um dos terminais que vende o Bilhete Único é o Jabaquara (Linha Azul), ponto final para quem vai para a CCXP de metrô!

Em dezembro de 2017, desembarquei em São Paulo à tarde, almocei no aeroporto mesmo (confira a dica ao final do post), peguei um ônibus para o metrô e fui direto para Jabaquara comprar o Bilhete Único e conhecer o caminho para o São Paulo Expo.

Na época, comprei o Bilhete Único Anônimo, que não exigia cadastro prévio no site da SPTrans, só que neste ano a regra mudou e acabaram com esta modalidade. Clique aqui pra ver como ficou. Agora estou pensando no que vou fazer...

Você pode instalar o Moovit no celular, configurar para São Paulo e usá-lo para organizar seu trajeto, saber quais linhas de ônibus passam por onde você está, etc.

Sie zahlen weniger Steuern als Hotels – und vermieten immer mehr Wohnraum. Katarina Barley will dies ausgleichen und Internetvermieter wie Airbnb höher besteuern.
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So over the past 15 years or so, my vacations have pretty much been centered around wherever my kid’s competitions have taken him to. So now that he’s finally off to college, I’m finally taking advantage of being able to travel on my own time. We managed to snag a $315 RT between SFO and Rome FCO (brief stop in Frankfurt) in late April for 8 days, which was too good to pass up. I think the weather should be ok. I’ve been in Rome once before, in a November, only for 1.5 days. Stayed close to Termini. I’ve seen most of the major stuff in Rome in brief, so looking for ideas for day trips this time. Pisa/Florence worth it? Naples? Pompeii? Amalfi Coast? We won’t be driving. Probably staying close to Termini again even though parts of the area is pretty yucky. Never tried Airbnb overseas before, not sure if it is worth it or not. No need to go to Venice or Milan, trying to stick mostly to the south and middle if possible. Sicily is probably too far away.
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A DESIGNER treehouse in Northern NSW that earned its “revolutionary” builder $40,000 on Airbnb has landed him in legal strife because he built and operated it without council approval on public land. Now Murray Arthur Taylor must rip down his forest...
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Olga Garcίa Echeverrίa
*All six word memoirs and poetry excerpts in this blog were written by Alma Cervantes

Up, up, up in the winding cobblestone hills of San Miguel de Allende there is a gem called Casa Vista del Pájaro. It’s a unique place reserved for working class writers and educators. ¿Quién quiere ir? Virginia Woolf wrote about needing a room of her own. For those of us with artistic maῆas y modos who grew up in large families con pocos recursos, we were lucky if we had a bed of our own. Can I get a witness? Still, la Woolf woman’s declaration of the need for physical and creative space rings true, so true, especially for writers/artists of color juggling teaching schedules and/or heavy workloads, and even more so for those who are todo esto and also parents. The struggle (inner and outer) to create is real.

Palabras abandonadas, hechiseras, borrachas, curanderas; lárganse!

How do we find the time to create when the places where we give so much of our time and labor don’t (usually) support us in fundamental or even minimal ways? Without structural support or creative opportunities we begin to doubt ourselves. Those thoughts creep in...

Maybe I stopped being a writer.

I’ve been an educator for over 20 years (mostly a lecturer). During this time, I have given tirelessly to educational institutions, and yet I have mostly had to nurture my own writing, even when that writing has been directly connected to my teaching. In the end, with or without institutional support, we do what we must and what we can muster because of the love for the creative word and our art.

Step one, keep my flowers alive.

Personally, I have an aversion to having to sell myself to get into particular writing circles or spaces. I’m already exhausted. The literary world is full of white heterosexual male privilege and this constantly pisses me off. No tengo tiempo ni ganas to apply and pay more and more fees to exclusive spaces and retreats or to get rejected.  Lo que quiero es escribir, and to do this I need space and time to connect with myself and my work. Necesito tiempo y espacio to silence some of the noise that surrounds me.  I need time to really listen to the Muse (whoever the hell she is), to my Duende (that reckless cabron), and to the stories/poems that are yearning to be born. At a reading a couple of years ago, I heard the great escritora Joy Harjo give the best definition for poetry I have ever heard.  “What is poetry?” She asked. Her simple response resonated with me: “Poetry is listening.” 

We can listen anywhere, of course, because this is ultimately a state of mind, but it definitely helps to get away from the everyday and be immersed in Creative Time / Creative Space / Creative Mode to listen to our own poetry. 

Enter Casa Vista del Pájaro.

Twice now, once in 2018 and more recently at the onset of 2019, I was invited and fortunate enough to visit Casa Vista del Pájaro.  During my visits, I did nothing but eat great food, drink strong coffee, walk, sleep, dream, and write. Although I did not write all day like an obsessed loca at the keyboard (like I imagined I would), I wrote every single day. More than anything, the space reconnected me to my writing projects and creative self, and the creative flow stayed with me long after leaving San Miguel. 

Meet Alma Cervantes and her husband Ken Udas, who have been brainstorming and manifesting Casa Vista del Pájaro for the past couple of years. 

Alma Cervantes and Ken Udas, 2018 at El Charco del Ingenio. 

Amor, canoso y grumpy, I scored!

Casa Vista del Pájaro has three houses on the premises. There is the primary casa where Alma and her canoso dwell. The other two adjacent casitas (known as Las Casitas) are smaller, but they are equally charming and each has its private entrance. What's admirable is that Alma and Ken intentionally set out to share their space with people like me, jaded working class artists/educators who need a damn break and want / need a beautiful place to create sans mierda! Okay that may sound jaded because it’s in my words. 

Here are Alma Cervantes’ own words, “In 2017 we moved from Australia to San Miguel de Allende. Ken and I agreed that sharing the beauty of San Miguel would further contribute to our own happiness. Long story short, we instructed our Real Estate agent to show us homes that had that extra space. We are educators, we wish to welcome dedicated people who fall under the umbrella of Education...As a past writer, I reach out to writers too. One of the greatest challenges I faced as a writer was finding and then protecting my writing time and space. I love the idea of helping to make creative time and space a tangible possibility for a diverse network of writers who are parents, sisters, brothers, educators, healers and artists. It is not uncommon that creative people usually live, survive, thrive on a budget. Renting in San Miguel de Allende is normally not affordable for working writers, educators, artists etc. It is important to us to make the Casitas financially accessible to educators and writers. We also recognize that the funds gathered will allow us to maintain and continue improving the comfort offered to guests each year.”

Alma Cervantes 2019

Alma Cervantes, who has maternal raίces and family in Guanajuato, humbly refers to herself as a “past writer” but I’d like to note that she is an EastLos literary veterana, who alongside other iconic Angelenos (such as Marisela Norte, Luis Alfaro, and Gloria Alvarez, to name just a few), helped foster and define the Chicana/o literary scene in the 1980’s, 1990’s, and beyond. I can’t stress how much of an inspiration authors like these were for those of us who had writer dreams or writer inklings in Los Angeles back in the day.  We rarely (or ever) saw ourselves mirrored in K-12 literature, college English classes, or in the "mainstream” literary scene, so hearing authors such as these read their work live in Los Angeles was food for the starving soul. It still is, but it was even more so then because we did not have the participation / representation in the literary arts that we do now. They made what seemed impossible tangible. "If they can tell/write/share their stories, maybe I can too.” 

Here's one of Alma's timeless poems from the 1990's, published in the anthology Chicana Creativity & Criticism: New Frontiers in American Literature, edited by María Herrera-Sobek and Helena María Viramontes. 

The Roots of Chicana Urban Planners 

Mom took us on walks that moved straight
but turned into spirals.

Our footsteps were like the stitches she sewed,
guiding the tela north, west, south, east, 
again and again. 

We had to keep moving to new yet familiar
neighborhoods, but as time passed
the new ones felt the same as the old ones. 

Her Heart, Gut, Mind united in clamor and motion of 
the machine.
Determined were her hands that guided tela forward, always forward.
Her eyes saw more than stitches, 
things I longed to see.

We continued to take walks, but the road kept turning 'round and
      'round no
matter how far we traveled. 

“Our walks will change when we earn more money,” she 
       reassured me,
but the spiral roads always turned against us. 

She continued to push tela forward, always forward, carefully
        watching each stitch 
take its place. 

One day my spiral walks 

I kissed her goodbye and walked away. 
Self guided by the discipline of her hands and
depth of her visions.

Today I cut through old material,
weave through rigid structures
prepare new patterns;
I am a Chicana urban planner. 

What happens when a Chicana urban planner, powered by the lessons of her mother's hands and visions, migrates back to Mexico with her esposo and takes her planning to an international level? Well, you get Casa Vista del Pájaro.

Shared patio area outside Las Casitas:
Where you can write or eat or stare at the sky and daydream.

Let me tell you a bit about the Casitas, which are the two houses reserved for visiting writers. Keep in mind that these Casitas are newborns and that they will continue to develop as more people visit them. They are not designed as fancy resorts.  Also, depending on an individual’s health and mobility, there may be some challenges, as San Miguel de Allende is very hilly and walking the cobblestone streets requires good suela on your zapatos and a certain level of affinity and ability for movimiento. 

Meet rugged cobblestone, a rocky type of foot acupuncture--es gratis! 

Although there is asphalt and plenty of cement banquetas, there is also a good amount of rugged cobblestone. Uno tiene que pisar con awareness and even for someone like me who hikes pretty regularly, I found myself out of breath often and stopping under the shade of a tree or an awning to collect myself. If you’re sensitive to altitude, keep in mind that San Miguel Allende is 6,234 feet above sea level.  To give some perspective, Los Angeles is 285’ and the Bay Area is about 50’. The high altitude makes moving around in San Miguel a little harder on the lungs and body. 

Regular hydration helps. Also, you don’t have to walk everywhere. There are very affordable taxis and they are ubiquitous, but an observation I made about San Miguel de Allende taxis is that they  tend to be “snug” in regards to leg space. If you don’t or can’t walk much and don’t mind small taxis, then adelante! You can also ask to sit in the front passenger seat, which usually has a lot more leg room. Se puede, but having a sense of some of these San Miguel de Allende realities and limitations may help in deciding if this is a place you’d like to plan a retreat to. You may also want to just bunker down in your casita and write, but the museums, boutiques, and mercados are very tempting. 

The casita I stayed in was beautiful and well-equipped with everything I needed for a week-long stay. (The casitas are available for longer stays.) There’s a small kitchen with a mini-fridge, a propane gas stove top for cooking, a large sink, casuelas and cooking utensils, and a coffee maker (¿qué más quieren?) 

There’s a living room / lounge area with a writing desk that can also serve as a kitchen table. This is where I sometimes wrote and where I sometimes ate my chilaquiles and huevos or whatever I bought from the women vendor in the downtown mercado. What do these women in the town plaza cook up and sell? Oh, nothing fancy, just fresh delicious nopales, fluffy arroz, frijoles, tamales, and divine blue corn tortillas and gorditas that will make you chew slowly as you conjure up love hiakus to a Colbalt Blue Corn Goddess. 

Edible cosas from the downtown mercado. Why cook?

I also have a deep love for San Miguel de Allende donuts. They are not all the same, though. But I know an exceptional donut when I see/eat one. Estimadxs Amigxs, les presento a mi amor, Dona Naranja. 

The Best Glazed Dona Ever

Inside the casita, there is an enchanting narrow tile staircase that you shouldn’t try to run up or slide down. I will not share if I tried either or both of these things; just don't do it. 

Picture of stairs leading up to the bedroom and bathroom.
Small table and chair in this picture have been replaced with a writing desk and chair.

The living room is small but very Zen, with limited amount of things. Marie Kondo would approve. The stairs lead up to a bedroom where you can sink into one of those fancy foam mattresses and dream up your writer or teacher dreams. Or just dream. While there, I dreamed my favorite reoccurring dream—empty dark space, endless floating black matter with occasional flickers of glitter. When I dream nothing but darkness, I know I have entered true rest / true creative realm. 

The bedroom has the essential: drawers, a place to hang clothes (if you’re into that kinda thing), extra blankets por si hace frίo, un espejo to admire your badass self, and a small ropero that can serve as a second desk. It did for me. 

My ropero-desk

There is a lovely window that opens up into poetic pieces of San Miguel sky and the bustling city down below. Bird’s eye view. Vista del Pájaro from a window. I don't have a picture of the view, but here's the dreamy window. Those side ladders on the wall should not be climbed. They are not for humans. They are for your Duende to climb up to the roof if he or she is restless and needs moonlight inspiration. 

Large Ventana / Small Balcony in Bedroom 

About the bustling city down below: For the most part the bustle está retirado, but you can hear carros when they drive near and past the street, which is one of the oldest carreteras in town and leads out to the neighboring state of Querétaro. Also audible at times are the downtown church bells, which are quite sensational. They don’t ring often on most days. On Sundays, however, they ring every fifteen minutes. Yes, you read that right. Every. Ring. Fifteen. Ring. Minutes. Ring.