New Friends

I have been meeting and conversing with all sort of people these days. Today, I would like to talk about a few of my favorites.

Judith

Two women walk into a restaurant together, yet alone. No, it’s not a riddle. It’s the story of how Andie met Judith! I walked into Yalla Yalla expecting a casual Lebanese street food shop. What I found was a pretty intimate space. “Table for two?” No, just one for me. And then the middle-aged lady behind me said the same.

I went out on a limb, turned around and asked if she wanted to eat with me. It was a small risk for a big reward. We sat together and chatted. She and her husband came from design backgrounds, and we found it very easy to talk to each other.  She shared pictures of her dog, and told me about her career in the fashion industry.

We shared food, and I tried her chicken liver in pomegranate sauce. It was… interesting. I definitely preferred my order, and I think after trying my arayes, Judith also preferred it. Yes, the chicken liver at this restaurant is popular across London, but that doesn’t mean it was right for Judith and me.

Laura

On my way to Spain, flying RyanAir for the price of course, there was a problem with my flight, of course. 10 minutes until my gate closed and they hadn’t posted the gate number yet. Of course. Naturally, I went to find answers. By the time I found someone to help me, other Barcelona-bound bums begging for answers had also found him.

One of these people, the first one to ask, was Laura. She was a Colombian litigation lawyer intern in London going to visit her friends in Spain, and she was so sweet. We took the time to figure out what each one was doing in London, she explained to me what a litigation lawyer does, and we laughed and cringed at how her bosses told her to relax on a $100,000 deal because it “wasn’t enough money to worry about”… wow?

Anyway, I was thankful for her solidarity in the stressful travel times, and we had several good laughs together. 

 Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí was probably my favorite person to meet. I have fallen in love with him and his work. When I look at his work, I see a challenge to traditional architecture. He gives people livable sculptures, and I have never seen anything like it. The absolute imagination. He makes it feel careless, like a child looking to make something but never considering the limitations of making it. But then… he did… because, it got MADE! He DID consider the limitations, the physics, the math and it worked with them! Amazing! I was intrigued by a little girl sitting on the bench in his park sketching. He’s so inspiring even for little kids!! 

Gaudí, I know you have passed, but I hereby give you full permission to smash all of my ceramics projects for your mosaics.

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