The California Blog: Santa Monica Sunshine.

Ruig Family RelaxingOne of  my dreams is to be able to travel around and photograph the things I see. A lot of these places I wish to see are those wonderfully exotic looking and untouched by man type locations. Nothing but the raw beauty of the earth. But then, I have a few random places that are completely touched by man that I wish to see. One of them, which I think is the most random one, too, was Santa Monica. Maybe I didn’t wish to photograph it as much as just experience it. I took a few pictures while there. I was so happy to finally see this cool pier.  I snapped this picture of a family sitting peacefully on a bench amongst the chaos of loud performers and crowds of people. The man in particular seemed to be so relaxed as he gazed upon the view.

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Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles. The Santa Monica Pier is a 100-year-old landmark originally built on September 9th 1909, to do none other than carry sewer pipes over the  breakers. MPM Productions Santa Monica Ocean View Pier

MPM Productions Santa Monica Beach From AboveSanta Monica’s beach is very different from the beaches you’ll encounter in Costa Rica. For one, the beaches in Costa Rica have palm trees and flora right up to the sand. Even the sand is different, though. Here in Costa Rica it’s very soft and fine. Little bits of shells finely crushed here and there which gives it wonderful colors and textures. Santa Monica’s beach, though wonderful in it’s own way, didn’t have the soft silkiness that Costa Rica’s beaches have. MPM Productions  The Beach

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Another observation could be that there are a lot of people no matter where you go in Cali. Not that Costa Rica is particularly empty during the more busy touristy seasons, but it’s most definitely not as crowned as Santa Monica was. 

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Our new friend Jenny had drove us to the beach, and spent the day with us, I think that made the whole day that much more fun. Sunshine, laughing, walking around the beach, and checking out stores on Third Street Promenade.MPM Productions Under an Umbrella MPM Productions Ocean ViewingMPM Productions Santa Monica with Seagulls

This was a short one, but I hope you enjoyed it none the less.
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When you think of traveling, do you prefer to see the nature, or perhaps more of the cities? Leave a comment below. I’m curious to know where you’d like to visit, or what cities. 


Costa Rica´s Army Salutes President Obama


This was the headline featured in a local newspaper with this photo. You may be asking, “But where´s the army?”. Costa Rica has no army, it´s army was abolished in 1948, after a civil war to overthrow a totalitarian government. The same person, Pepe Figueres, who led the opposition to overthrow the government, abolished the army to prevent any further oppression of the people through the military. Something risky for him, but it worked. Costa Rica since then has been a peaceful country. So every time a foreign dignitary visits Costa Rica, he or she is greeted with her children instead its army.

I watched the taking of this picture on TV. It was endearing to see, because at first the children stood with their backs toward the camara staring in awe at President Obama. It´s not everyday the President of the United States visits Costa Rica.  Until finally President Obama told them to look at the camara. We live in peaceful and happy mayhem here. The woman on the right is Costa Rica´s President, Laura Chinchilla.

President Obama left saying that he would like to return to Costa Rica for a vacation. It would be good for the tourism industry here, which is one of the major sources of revenue. It has suffered due to the economic situation in the U.S., fewer people are taking overseas vacations.

Even though people here live in peace, I gave a sigh of relief when he safely boarded his plane and flew back to the United States. Regrese pronto Presidente Obama.