June19' Monthly Selects

Volcà del Croscat, Girona

Volcà del Croscat, Girona

It's about half of the year and I almost didn't realize how fast time goes, so better live to the fullest.

June, the month of changing seasons again, summer starts so do most holiday periods in the northern hemisphere.

Bluebird skies, at least where I live, long light days and high temperatures.

Personally, I do not acclimatize well to the heat and seek cold places, yet this month brought me to the coastline in my home country, which I'm grateful too.

What about you? Have you been abroad this June?
Not necessarily, have you visited a new place around?
Simply reply to this email with some inspiration, really interested to know :)

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Thanks, everyone for being there month by month and welcome new subscribers!
Let's share this month inspiring stories.

Journey Notes


The wettest inhabited place in New Zealand.



Finally! Back on writing twice a month, still on New Zealand though.

At first Milford Sound, truly a magical place on earth. In truth, it’s the action of glaciers that carved these razor-edge cliffs, on top of that rain non-stop brings to life hundreds of waterfalls otherwise unseen, and even though initially can be shocking and to some frustrating, I believe Milford Sound in full swing is when it rains.

End of the month I shared 48h of Queenstown. The city served us as a hub while traveling further south or north, and it didn't disappoint at all.
One of the cities with the clearest skies I've ever seen, surrounded by majestic mountains, spectacular lakes and gorges, and even though it could be touristy, there are plenty of activities to go around.

Hope you like them 🤞

Amazing Places

Santa Margarida Volcano, Girona

Santa Margarida Volcano, Girona

As I said at the beginning, this month I was privileged to visit a couple of places in my home country, places I hadn't visited before, places that left me in awe, and I was seeking for a while now.

La Garrotxa, in Girona, a huge natural park with many extinct volcanic cones. None of the volcanoes are active anymore, however, the region is still seismically active.

Milky Way over the volcanic mountains, Cabo de Gata.

Milky Way over the volcanic mountains, Cabo de Gata.

Within 24h, having driven for about 1.300 km, I was all the way in the south region of Almeria, this time to visit Cabo de Gata.

Another volcanic area, way different than the former, a wild and isolated landscape with some of Europe's oldest geological features.

This place falls steeply to the Mediterranean Sea and features sharp peaks, high cliffs, and sandy beaches, some people even said a unique paradise within Europe.

To me are both pretty spectacular, and I will definitely come back to both to explore in depth.

Stay tuned for a full blog, as well as many more images on my Instagram.

Underwater images while snorkeling at Cabo de Gata.

Bits of inspiration.

This month I haven't watched all the videos below, but I thought of recommending a bunch of great stuff from Netflix. So here we go!

The fact that climate change is here is undeniable, we may not see the consequences at first glance, but when we look deeper, it is real. Glaciers are shrinking faster than ever, some species are close to extinction, and oceans getting warmer by the day.

This series is the most spectacular I've watched in a while, thanks to the latest technology, the images in this documentary will leave you in awe seeing the planet we live, our home.


Continuing on the climate change topic, Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

This documentary really caught my attention by seen how complicated negotiations can be, especially when, we, the western world ask our brothers and sisters from countries in development to change their policies to save the world.

Quite an interesting topic today more than ever.


Insightful Words



Even though this magazine doesn't have such great stories as the previous I've mentioned here, their first volume showed me how some places close by are wonderful but also taught me a bit of the history of Chamonix, which I'm currently at again this year.

The Endurance Issue

This month Wilderness Magazine made it again to the insightful words section.

In particular, in this volume, Interview to Ruthie Lindsey, a story of Joy through endless Pain. At seventeen years old, she was hit by an ambulance, after years of chronic pain, painkillers, depression... you name it.

Until she chose to change her narrative, went home to the same town where she almost lost her life. She decided to learn joy again, to retrain her spirit to soothe her physical pain, to salvage strength from her suffering.

You can read much more from her story, and watch her story too.

Kilian Jornet Interview

A really good friend o mine, Adrian, shared an interview to Kilian Jornet in the Spanish paper, Expansion.

Kilian is clearly one of those superhumans, but it's also one of the most impressive hard training persons, during winter he trains 3-4 hours in the morning and 1-2 in the afternoon every day, and during summer he trains 2 times a day, between 2 and 7 hours every day, clearly he deserves to win.

Even though is in Spanish, you can translate easily with google.

And, whoa! We kickstart the second half of the year, and I wish you all the best, make sure to make it count!

Thank you again for being there all this time, hope we can be together for, at least, another 6 months. 

I would love to hear from you if you have anything to add, inspiring stories, or simply say hello, please get in touch.

I’m all ears! 

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May 19' Monthly Selects

Lake Bled and the Julian Alps, Slovenia

Lake Bled and the Julian Alps, Slovenia

May 2019, started off in Slovenia, not the greatest weather, one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

Then the month turned upside down as I was diagnosed with asthma and really bogged me down, not the fact I need an inhaler, but that I can physically do many sports, I get out of breath rather quickly and that's quite frustrating.

Any case, with asthma or not I had agreed to share a few images on my first ever photography exhibit, wow! Preparation was exhausting but reached due date with everything ready.

And I had a blast with everyone who came, enjoyed and asked.
Feeling grateful for that.

 Exhibition Sala Siroco, 2019

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Let's start with the usual notes. Did you read about the previous month?
Whether you did or not, remember I share every month as part of blog series, check it out here April '19

Journey Notes


Aoraki / Mount Cook was a natural step on the road through New Zealand and it did not disappoint at all.

Driving next to Lake Pukaki with Mt Cook, the highest in New Zealand, on sight, was truly mesmerizing, and the days after a gift by nature, you can see all the details in the post.

Amazing Places

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Slovenia has surpassed my expectations, the weather wasn’t at its best, and we missed sight to many mountain peaks I would like to have captured, however, weather-wise, we are never in charge, Mother Earth is, and therefore we tried to make the best out of it.

Slovenian people are incredibly warm and kind, food is great for its price and how they care about their country is amazing, I’m glad isn’t far from many places in Europe and I hope I can visit again soon.

Stay tuned for a full blog, as well as many more images on my Instagram.

Bovec Valley, Slovenia

Bovec Valley, Slovenia

I follow Reuben Wu on Instagram and he truly amazes me with every image, but with this project, he goes beyond anything I had seen before. Shooting at night with a drone and lights attached to them, it shows incredible creativity and honestly, I can't imagine how difficult must have been to accomplish such powerful images.

Fiona is a role model to challenge anyone, personally I was totally impressed by what she has accomplished, being vegan for more than 40 years, running everything worldwide, on every continent, and every ecosystem, the desert, Antartica and the North Pole, and setting world records everywhere she goes, simply an inspiration.

Insightful Words

Combatting Illegal and Unsustainable Trade in Endangered Species in Indonesia

A huge percentage of today's wild animal population has disappeared, it's not a secret to anyone that we are facing another massive extinction and we gotta do something about. Whether Indonesia or anywhere else in this post there key actions we can do to help, and that really gives me hope.

The Oceans Issue

Although by now you already know I'm a mountain lover, it doesn't mean I live by and for the mountains, I do like to explore and get information about different ecosystems.
The Ocean scares me at the same time make me feel relaxing, swimming or diving, the ocean is incredibly powerful, and the stories in this issue are as powerful as the ocean.
If I have to choose I was astounded by an interview to Fabien Cousteau on carrying on Jacques legacy. Such extraordinary work they do today.

Well, that was May.
Thank you for being part of this growing community. I hope you enjoyed monthly writeup, and wish all the best for what's coming in June.

Remember, I would love to hear from you if you have anything to add or inspiring stories, or simply say hello.

I’m all ears! 

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April 19' Monthly Selects

Ilheu de vila franca, Azores

Ilheu de vila franca, Azores


Another month another newsletter, a special one!

Finally! Fine Art Prints online shop is live! Every print has been carefully selected from all around the globe.

But what's most important is that, for every purchase, you not only support my work, you will donate 6% of the print total value to an NGO on the quest to save our planet! That's amazing!

If interested to purchase any of the available, use “LAUNCH” code for 20% off your first entire order.

Did you miss previous month newsletter? Does sound interesting? Well, you can read all about that here March Selects

Let's dive into April's stories!

Journey Notes

Lake Tekapo

In Lake Tekapo we spent about 24h long, it was intense, yet we brought amazing memories from that place in New Zealand.

Terrific night skies, mind-blowing sunrise and fantastic area to roam around. Sure 24h isn't long enough, but we made the best out of it and this story is all about that!

Amazing Places

Spring is here, well not really in Spain, but we thought it was the time to get abroad, usually, we like to get somewhere during this time of the year, its shoulder season, not too crowded, cheaper fares and weather normally respect us.

Lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel, Azores

Lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel, Azores

Destination: São Miguel, The Azores.

It had been on my list for a while now, glad we made it there. The island is truly a pearl, its natural gems, evergreen forests and rugged coastlines make it look like a paradise for nature lovers. I can't wait to share more of the images the coming days over Instagram.

Sete Cidades, São Miguel

Sete Cidades, São Miguel

Bits of inspiration.

This month the great documentary of Our Planet was released on Netflix, haven't had the time to watch yet but it looks promising!

I could watch his speech over and over, listening to Sir David Attenborough it always inspiring, however, this time he is so touching.

To mention a few quotes:

“right now we are in the midst of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction”

“96 % of the mass of mammals on earth our planet today are us and livestock we domesticated only 4% is everything else”

And one more:

“Nature once determined how we survive, now we determine how nature survives.”

I really hope we simply watch him and think twice about our actions, we are here to learn and it’s in our hands to get our planet back on track.

In May 2018, three British climbers Malcolm Bass, Paul Figg and Guy Buckingham set out to attempt the first ascent of Janhukot, and that has been quite inspiring, not only the ascent but to actually see how these expeditions get prepared.

They filmed themselves while climbing, but what I found most interesting was the short movies about how to prepare the route, how to get fit, how to pick up a partner and how to get back home safe.

Both videos and reading material are amazing, simply check it out.

Insightful Words

Its the first volume I read from Wilderness Magazine, and I'm impressed, it's been truly inspiring as a whole, but if I had to pick one essay, it would be this one "Adventure is Ruined".

The essay speaks about the Adventure true meaning as of today, and there were a few sentences that really called my attention and maybe it gives you a bit of insight and gets to read the story.

German sociologist Erich Fromm put it like this: "We are a society of notoriously unhappy people: lonely, anxious, depressed, destructive, dependent -- people who are glad when we have killed the time we are trying so hard to save"

Chris Wiersma defines "authentic adventure" as activities involving some small measure of high managed thrills with little or no real risk.

Great read sharing 17 sustainable development goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In the western world we pretty much consider these goals for granted, we have access to clean water, energy, quality education, and very decent health care systems, if not the best health systems in the world. Those though aren’t as granted for everyone, unfortunately, there are many people who don’t have access to that, or they live in poverty.

Reading through this post it really inspired me to do more, we have the resources to make the change and it seems we don’t do enough. Hope inspires you as well and makes you feel privileged for having all the above easily accessible.

One More Thing

For the coming month, May, on the 30th, Thursday, I'll be sharing my first ever photography exhibition, and I can't be more excited about that! 🎊

It will be in Madrid, at Sala Siroco from 21:00h to 01:00h I wish all of you could attend and enjoy some time with you, so for those who can come here all the details.

Sigh! That was all about April! Wish you the best for the coming month full of surprises and joy!

Once again, would you like to share something that inspires you?

I’m all ears! And I would love to hear it!

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March 19' Monthly Selects

Newton Peak at sunset @ Mt Sunday, New Zealand

Newton Peak at sunset @ Mt Sunday, New Zealand


What a month, busy in the making for the prints online shop,

Creating a business and preparing spring trips! How was your month?

Did you subscribe after in March?
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No worries, head over February Selects and check it out.

Journey Notes

48H of Banks Peninsula

Mt Sunday

I’m truly behind sharing these stories and somehow I love it. Going through all those images reminds me so much of the trip aroundNew Zealand, and even though in the northern hemisphere we are entering spring, these two stories will transport you back to Autumn and Winter.Landing in New Zealand couldn’t have started better, just at sunset over the Southern Alps, majestic mountains in the south island. Got me excited already before stepping in the country!

The other destination turned out to be, one of the highlights, if not "The Highlight" of New Zealand. Mt Sunday aka Edoras, or Rohan from the Lord of the Rings, what a site!

Amazing Places

Once again traveling back and forward between hometown and Madrid, preparing all the formalities for business creating, left not much time for pleasure, although sometimes a weekend is just enough.

 Denia, Alicante, Spain.

A new area on the coast of Spain I hadn't visited before. Cap the San Antoni, a wonderful marine reserve in which to see the city of Javea (in the picture), Ibiza island and impressive cliffs to the Mediterranean Sea.

Bits of inspiration.

Personally, winter is a season I really appreciate, different to many I enjoy the cold crisp air in the morning and don’t mind having to wear a few extra layers. This winter though has been rather short, and there’s no other way that seeing others to be inspired and get that feeling.

This family had been in expeditions before, from Alaska to Japan they had skied all.In this story, they explore and reconnect an area in their home country in the North of Sweden.

Their story is also to raise awareness of how climate change is affecting the planet we all live in.

”Statistics over the last 20 years show a one metre per year decrease of the south peak, due to snow melt”

During January, Gilly McArthur undertook a challenge to swim in the local Cumbrian lakes and tarns every day to raise money and awareness for the health charity, Mind.Can you describe the feeling of ice swimming?The answer is simply inspiring.

Can you describe the feeling of ice swimming?

The answer is simply inspiring.

These two stories brought a bit of winter cold and now I’m ready to face spring! Hope you too!

Insightful Words

The Gap by Ira Glass

These words aren’t on a magazine or a newspaper, Daniel Sax created this video for himself and anybody in doubt with her creative career or willing to try something else, something different and always seeking improvement. Probably the most inspiring words this month.

Sidetracked, Volumen 14

This volume got me excited, its main theme, “taking risks and taking care“.

Remarkable written stories.

The Call, by Jillian A. Brown

What she learned on that trip might impact her for the rest of her life. Can’t recommend enough this story if you can purchase the volume.

The Shining Wall, by Jeremiah Watt

”I’m fully honored to have been inspired by his humility, insight, and ambition. His was a light extinguished too soon. I hope the ice is fat, the mountains tall, and the days long wherever your spirit resides.”

This volume had me thinking about these words I thought it may you think as well.”Earth is a place we camp through with skill and care, leaving little trace, and picking up treasured memories during our time limited stay.”

Hoping you enjoyed those bits above. That’s a wrap! Wishing you all the best for April, make it count! 🤘

Once again, would you like to share something that inspires you?

I’m all ears! And I would love to hear it!

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