snow pic

Not a very good shot, I know. Took the pic myself using the cam’s timer. (Thanks, Besp!) It can be frustrating to find out that your picture-taking abilities are so meager that the grandeur of a sight is diminished the moment you click. On all counts, this scene was a hundredfold more beautiful than my camera skills would allow me to capture.

But, hey, I shouldn’t be ranting 🙂 This pic is a milestone for tropical me. First time in the snow. Yebah! The snowfall that day was unexpected according to the locals. Great treat for those of us who come from countries that don’t have snow. Interestingly enough, in just a few hours, the weather drastically changed. The sun shone and melted all trace of snow.

through my window

I have found my favorite spot in my room here at Radisson Inn in Colorado Springs. It’s on a chair facing the glass window–with the curtains pulled, of course. The heater is conveniently by my side which helps me and my mug of coffee keep warm. The immediate view through my window isn’t breathtaking, just the side of an impersonal building–boringly angular and pale-colored. But if I turn my gaze to the extreme right, i get a glimpse of the majestic rocky mountains with the light Colorado Springs traffic on the foreground. I take time each day to sit in this spot to pray, think, read, or just relax.

Some mornings the view gets a bit more interesting. Last Monday morning, for example, a gray-furred bunny–mistaken by my Pinoy roommate as a rat (“Uy, ano ‘yan, daga?!”)–playfully hopped by, pausing every now and then to examine something on the asphalt driveway. Later that morning, we saw several more bunnies at the parking lot. For some reason, they reminded me that Easter’s just around the corner.

This morning, the scene through my window is that of snow gently falling–the best view through this window so far. My roommate rushed through his morning rituals so he could go out and take a picture in the snow before the weather changes. (They say Colorado weather changes every five minutes.) He subtly hinted on needing a photographer to take a picture of him in the snow–in all his winter garb, of course– but I was too lazy to be of service to his photographic needs. I was kidding him that his shutterbug tendencies are beginning to border on addiciton. I’m the opposite; I need to constantly remind myself to take pictures!

I’m finding out that it takes some work to be a good tourist. As much as i enjoy peeking through my hotel window, nothing really beats going out there and experiencing things first hand. Maybe I’ll try chasing a bunny one time.

P.S. I did attempt the bunny chase while snow was falling, but soon realized it’s a sport best conducted NOT in bittercold weather. The little creature is at an advantage; it has fur, among other things. Okay, I’m sourgraping.

fifteen minutes

I finally got my turn to use the computer here at the conference venue. I am forever nagging at myself for not brining my laptop. It does not help that on the lampstand in my hotel room is a cable with the label “Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access.” Aaagh.

How do i blog in less than fifteen minutes the amazing experiences that I am having here? Let me just give you random snippets that I scribbled on my handheld.

While traveling…

  • I didn’t get an exit-row seat. Not even an aisle seat. (Okay, i realized i was complaining–bad!–so i stopped scribbling).
  • Saw my first snow at Narita Airport in Tokyo
  • Minneapolis Airport. So many foreigners! “Missionaries” everywhere! Er… I am the foreigner. Why does it seem like everyone is looking at me funny? Oh. The digicam hanging down my neck could very well be a tattoo on my forehead that reads “TOURIST!” The US is supposed to be a melting pot of multiple races, but right now I feel like the lone piece of dried mango in a box of chocolates!
  • Surprise, surprise! People are actually courteous!
  • Sighted while on the 10-hour lay-over: A cute tot visibly happy with her multicolored ice cream. Her Mama, who could be Filipina, wipes the little girl’s ice cream-stained hand. No impatience in her wiping–just caring and mothering, No wonder her daughter is enjoying her ice cream without guild and even blesses me with a smile 🙂
  • International roaming has been activated! Labyu, GLOBE!

Time is up. Until the next fifteen minutes!