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London is my favorite city in the whole wide world…and I just finished getting back from a small trip. Like every city there are great things but there are some that are not that wonderful. So here is a quick recap of my loves and hates of my fav city…

What I love…

1. Truly international. The one city where you really find people from EVERYWHERE…more so than New York or any other place. Take any random sample of 10 people…and you get several nationalities…I love that…
2. So much to do!!! Theater, musical concerts of every genre, clubs, pubs, restaurants, art shows, events, events, events…you never get bored!!!
3. The history and traditions. There is just a nice sense of tradition that I really like about London. People are proud of their heritage.
4. People are more educated. For the most part. It is nice to be able to converse with people that are educated. And I don’t mean just college or university. I mean they tend to be more well rounded. They know about arts, music, authors, geography, current events around the world, culture in general. More interesting conversations take place!!!
5. Random hidden little places. London is a city of discoveries as well. If you are a discoverer and stray from the popular sites and dare to take on the adventure, there is a different world out there. Full of pubs and random caves under the River Thames that are so intriguing.
6. Museums are free!!!!…I love going to museums…and in the UK they are free
7. A clean tube…I go to NYC a lot and other cities with subway systems. By far the cleanest subway system that I have ever been in was in Stockholm but London’s is pretty clean. I like that. I don’t feel like I am going to catch a disease or be killed by someone in the tube.
8. Universities have pubs…need I say more???
9. Futbol…I am not a big fan of Arsenal or Chelsea but the fact that there is Futbol…its great…
10. And the thing that I love the most about London…is that is the one place I feel really comfortable…It fits…and that is a great feeling

What I hate…

1. Is there a serious lack of napkins in the U.K. or what? I mean can you freaking serve me a napkin…I hate cleaning my hands on my clothes or my face with my hands…grrr…
2. I know there are hooligans in England…but do they really have to tackle people at a tube stop???? Come on…I’m only 120 lbs!!!!
3. Bathroom faucets??? There is one for the hot water and one for the cold water. What am I supposed to do with that??? The point is to get temperate water!!!!
4. Why are the bath tubs so high??? I need a latter just to get in and out of them…discrimination against the shortys…
5. And I really couldn’t come up with a fifth thing…

Overall, London is a great city. I highly recommend to everyone. As far as for me, I will sure go back. Many times over…

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I have been absent from my blog for a while now and I am sorry. Truly life has taken a spin and I have been quite the busy bee.

But in these past weeks, one recurring theme that keeps coming up is the importance of time. I am Latin and by definition I generally run late all the time, especially for social events (just ask my friends). In work related matters I am pretty good about keeping deadlines, but even that lately has been slipping through the cracks. I get bombarded all the time with extra things to do and extra things to take care of. And by the end of the day I am so tired that all I want to do is just fall on my bed and forget the day ever existed.

Well that stops today!!! The problem is that I need to prioritize things a bit better and with all of this I might have to pull some really long hours at work. Which is fine, I just have to make it to the gym as well, because I noticed this past weekend I am expanding sideways again.

A while back, I had an organizational coach tell me that one way to organize your day’s activities is by creating three lists. An A-list, B-list and C-list. The A-list is for all the things that you have to do on that day. B-list things are things that are important, but if they do not get done today the world will not cease to exist. And C-list is more for projects that you have coming up or what not. I made my adaptation to this set up. My A-list is all the things that I have to do on that day, my B-list is for all my ongoing projects. And last but not least my C-list is for all my personal things. It has worked so far, I just need to keep it up everyday. What I have to figure out is the following: I need to schedule some time for daily unforeseen events, and I need to find some sort of encouragement for those days I do not feel like doing anything at all…if any of you have any suggestions…they are more than welcomed….

I am so glad to be back…miss all of you so much…have a happy Monday!!!

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So, I got paid today. Niceeee…money in and immediately thereafter money out. I’m just the middle man…hahahaha…but I did notice one thing today. My student loan monthly balances were significantly lower. Niceeeeeeeee…these interest rate cuts have worked to my advantage. Not only am I still paying the same amounts, now I get to pay more of the principal and less interest.

In an article in the New York Times, they reported that yesterday both Ben Bernanke (Chairman of the Federal Reserve) and Henry M. Paulson (Treasury Secretary) scaled back in their optimistic forecast and stated that a recession is imminent when they appeared before congress. Now, not all is bad news. This means more interest rate cuts and supposedly that stimulus package which means you will get a check sometime in May 2008. Be wise. No Gucci purses anytime soon. (Shucks!!!) If you have a stable job, keep it for now, and save. Pay off your balances, since now you are paying more of your debt and less interest, and if you are lucky to have some extra cash, invest…cause properties are going to get even cheaper…

So, it’s not all bad. It is about creating an opportunity amidst the storm…

For now…I’m off to NYC yet again to hang out with Mers…Happy President’s Day to all…

Well, vacation is almost over…I’m in Miami right now…I return to Providence tomorrow…so, stay tuned for more post…to come in the near future…hope all of you had a happy and very yummy Turkey day…