Sunday, September 13, 2009

This is my avatar. I created two. One the me most people see, and the more casual one. I'm saving her for some other time. I really like how this one turned out...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

La encontré

Yesterday, September 11, 2009 Jane and I went to Arecibo. We were on official business, but ended up sightseeing in downtown Arecibo. First we went to the Museum of Art, used to be Museum of Art and History. Last time I was there it was a mere collection of old artifacts (bottles, kitchen appliances and utensils and bits and pieces of "old furniture"--I hesitate to call them antiques) Now, it is a ReAl Museum. It has been divided into three rooms, or are they halls?. One has the current collection, one the standing collection (Not impressive although it had a few interesting pieces like a aluminum and steel piece called "Pelegrina") and one will have photographs of Arecibo (this one was not finished) However, I found the statue of Reina Isabel II that used to be in the "placita" de la Roosevelt. Edgardo and I had been wondering about it. It has been placed in what I suppose will be "La Sala de Arecibo." Here's a Picture.  
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She is looking good, and our guide Yani, assured us she was going to be restored to her original glory. I also found out that she was a gift from the Queen herself in the late XIX century. Now I still don't know how or when she lost her left hand and her nose got chipped so that she came to be known as "la reina Ñoca". Further research is required. On the other hand, I was able to appreciate the intricate work on marble; her dress has lace frills and the symbols of Castilla and Leon on her skirt.