I met Jillian when i lived in Boston and she patiently worked on my Italian habits of eating lots of gluten and carbs meals during the day.

I was not a huge fan of fitness, but she always made it more funny and engaging.

Then i moved to Hawaii and brought with me the good habits and tricks she had transmitted to me, the goal of keeping living a healthier and more active life.

I think it’s honestly also thanks to her and my priority to outdoor life if i lived in a very healthy way through this crazy awful pandemic!

So i asked Jillian to please take some of her precious time to answer to my questions to introduce her to you 🙂

fitness, coach, instructor, health

1.How and when was Fitness Unlimited Created?
Fitness Unlimited was created in the 1980’s as a women’s onlyhealth club with our number one priority being to deliver a personal and rewarding fitness experience, and the support that comes with an all-women club, to help you build strength, wellness and confidence.

2.What are your values, vision and mission?

We are a community of women committed to inspiring, empowering and motivating each other to achieve happier, healthier lives through fitness and nutrition.

Fitness Unlimited has called East Milton Square home for 40+ years. Over the decades, we have built a community of fellow fitness lovers. We have grown in square footage and are now the largest all-women facility on the South Shore. With an ownership change in 2020, we are proud to be a women-owned business serving all women!

Our team strives to provide a fun, safe and effective workout environment, as well as a state-of-the-art nutrition program, that energizes members on their path to wellness and a balanced lifestyle. We aspire to be a warm and welcoming place where women of all ages, all sizes, all walks of life, and all ethnicities feel nurtured and supported no matter where you are on your fitness journey.

Over the years, we noticed that mothers, daughters, wives, friends, and business leaders often put the needs of others first. At Fitness Unlimited we are here to help you put YOU first.

3.Where did you get your inspiration from?
The creators of Fitness Unlimited first saw a lack in gyms/ health clubs that catered to women’s needs and they were inspired to create such a place. From there they were inspired to help show women how to put themselves first when it comes to health and fitness.

4.How has this job changed with the pandemic?
Being just outside of Boston, our facility was required to shut down for about 5 months with very strict reopening protocols to follow. Despite these changes to our original way of operating, we pivoted and launched Fitness Unlimited Virtual. Fitness Unlimited Virtual is an incredibly successful platform that we still use today. We not only created this platform for our members to be able to take their favorite classes virtually but we also created a Fitness Unlimited Members Only Facebook Group for our members to stay connected. To join our Fitness Unlimited Virtual Platform please head to our website: https://fitnessunlimited.com/virtual-sign-up/

5.Goals for this 2022? Can we have anticipations about the new projects?
Our biggest goal for 2022 is to safely get all our members and new members back into their health and fitness routines. Now more than ever, it is SO important to treat our bodies well through fitness and nutrition. We plan to run our very successful LBD program again this fall. The LBD program is designed to help members find the right balance of fitness and nutrition that is right for them and create positive lifestyle changes with all that they learn. To learn more about our LBD program please contact Jillian Boston, Fitness & Nutrition Specialist, at jillianboston24@gmail.com.

6.Last place you have visited: What’s your favorite characteristic, product, aspect, food, place, drink, show of it?
The last place I visited was Folly Beach, SC. My favorite part about it was that you could just be yourself there and enjoy the beach. Everyone was so laid back and friendly. They have the best local tacos and drinks at a spot called Chico Feos.




Ciao Maddie,

Thanks for your availability and talk to us about your business in professional decluttering.

  • How and when Maddie Gets Organized was created?

Ciao! Thank you for reaching out. I first started working professionally as a home organizer in the middle of 2020. I was working as a coordinator and due to the pandemic I was unable to continue. I always knew I had a knack for organizing and decluttering but didn’t think I could make it a business. 

  • What are your values, vision and mission?

   My ultimate goal is to leave my clients with a peaceful state of mind and feeling of self confidence. I feel great satisfaction when I finish a space and my client is surprised at how much room they truly have and how transformed the space became. 

  • Where do you get your inspiration?

   When I first start on a job, I make sure I get a strong understanding as to the needs and desires of my clients. I am hired to make their lives easier and more functioning. Take a kitchen, for example, what is used everyday in one household may be an occasional-use item in another. Each home is unique. 

  • How has this job changed with the pandemic?

   I started my business during the pandemic, (a risk, I know) so for me making sure I sanitize often and wear a mask is normal. I want whoever I am organizing for to be excited about this experience and not stressed about safety. 

  • Goals for this 2021? Can we have anticipations about the new projects?

   I have a few fun projects coming up. I recently helped organize the Hilton house in Beverly Hills and will be working on Ashley Green’s home come the end of July. I recently started traveling for work and have a trip lined up to organize in Colorado Springs in September. 

  • Being together in Oahu, I have to ask you: What’s your favorite characteristic, product, aspect, food, place, drink, show of Hawaii?

   Traveling to Oahu has been amazing. There is so much to do and see. The fish is so fresh. The hikes are breathtaking. And the water is the perfect temperature. If you are traveling to the island, I would recommend getting a poke bowl from Ono Seafood and then heading towards Electric Beach for some crazy snorkeling. 

   Below I attached some photos of previous jobs. Mahalo! 



My name is Carrie Younkin and I am a Divemaster who’s been scuba diving for about 15 years.  My passion for all things ocean-related started as far back as I can remember which naturally led to my college career in marine biology.  Although I didn’t start diving until several years after college, I fortunately happened to be living on the beautiful island of Mau’i.  After enjoying the islands for 4 years, I traveled to, lived in (and of course, dove!) many places all over the world.  About 2 ½ years ago, I landed back in Hawai’i (this time on the island of O’ahu) where I started working as a Divemaster and Sales Associate for a local dive shop.  I always say even a crappy day underwater is better than a good day on land, so I figured what wouldn’t be better than to work where I can get paid to dive!

So for the last 2 ½ years, I’ve been working for Honolulu Scuba Company/Island Divers.  The shop I primarily work at is Honolulu Scuba Company in Kaka’ako and we run our boats out of Kewalo Harbor, just down the street.  Three boats reside there and we have two boats behind our sister shop, Island Divers, which is located in Hawaii Kai.  We also have one boat on the west side located in Waianae Harbor as well as military base shops on Hickam and Schofield Barracks.

In ‘normal life’, we are a pretty busy operation with all of the shops open daily for retail sales, rentals, equipment servicing, bookings and classes as well as the boats operating numerous charters.  Although we have a large number of locals that give us their business, our main customer base are tourists.  Many people who want to vacation here want to enjoy the beautiful waters of Hawai’i, either by trying SCUBA for the first time, getting certified, advancing their certifications or just fun diving!  

But in ‘not-so normal life’, we had to close all of our shops and boat operations in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it has been crazy ever since.  We were able to open up ‘by appointment only’ for a bit here and there for retail, tank fills, rentals, and equipment services, but boat operations remained at a standstill.  Once we were finally able to run some of our boat charters, cases started going back up, so we were completely shut down once again after a short period of time.  All of this has been quite difficult on my company and the dive industry as a whole, especially in Hawai’i with tourism being a major part of the economy on top of a lot of this happening over the summer months-one of our busiest times of the year.  Since the last ‘re-opening’ in September, we have been able to keep our doors open for (somewhat) regular business hours as well as run our boats at 25% capacity.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there were layoffs forcing a lot of my co-workers to leave the island while myself and others stayed and tried to keep on top of things and stay updated, even though trying to understand all the changes on a daily/weekly basis was very tough and often confusing.  We’ve been constantly changing our methods and procedures as to what is recommended by the CDC as well as our local government by not only wearing a mask in the store and on the boats (until you’re about to get in the water, of course!), but also only allowing small numbers in the shops at a time.  We also have been using Steramine (a safe, nontoxic disinfectant) on all gear that any person has touched, tried on or used as well as constantly using sanitizing wipes and spray throughout the day.

We are now in Tier 2 (of 4) in Hawai’i and we are hoping to somehow have the cases stay low while tourism and our economy can boom again, although I’m not sure how all of this can happen at once..  I am optimistic that our economy WILL bounce back and businesses like scuba diving companies will thrive once again, but unfortunately this is hard to do without the majority of our main customers.  Unfortunately, we may just have to get through the 2020 holidays-our other busiest time of year-how things are now in order to get back to ‘normal’ life.  I just hope that it won’t be too long before tourists can once again enjoy the amazingness of what I’m grateful to call my backyard, the magnificent Pacific Ocean. 


i am so proud and happy to share my interview to Melania Popovici, Creative Director @ Piranha Eyewear.

I approached this cute brand through my friend Golie, who is a cool and important eye doctor on the island where we live: Oahu.

Here Piranha Eyewear is very popular and spread, so it triggered my curiosity about their company and projects.

I approached Melania and i have been very lucky about that. She has immediately shown her kind availabilty and proactive interest in talking with me for www.latedeschi.com and all of you reading and listening.

These are the questions you will find in the video interview:

How and when Piranha Eyewear was created?
What are your values, vision and mission?
Where do you get your inspiration?
I am very curious about the names of your products, how do you create and establish them?
How has this job changed with the pandemic?
Goals for 2021?
Can we have anticipations about the new collections?


i can’t wait to wear the 2021 new collection!

Stay tuned all 🙂

Here how i enjoy Piranha shades in Hawaii


Hawaii means a lot of things.. Adventures, experiences, landscapes, nature, colors.. but especially amazing People!

That’s what i most thankful for.

I met a lot of Hawaiians and then had a crash on these awesome three: Kanani, Colby and DanDan!

They are young but with amazing ideas and projects, they are creative, they are full of enthusiasm and good energy. So grateful and blessed i feel.

They recently started to make the traditional Papales: hats created through coconut palm tree leaves that DanDan climbs to get. They are non-gender and can me customized with any measure.

I bought one and usually wear it on the beach, during hiking and also during a nice and easy day of window shopping and meeting with friends.

It’s also the best way to support local and these beautiful young souls in their studies and projects.

Are you curious to feel how a Papale will fit on you? 🙂






An important job, a quite silently invisible profile I would say.. because just a few people know it and just a few know how important it is to ask for a review of our own text before sharing it! That’s when you contact a proofreader, a professional ready to revise your text and help to make it perfect.  Meet the person who will help you to succeed…

Here are our questions to Alexa Untermann, a proofreader in Hawaii and available to work online with someone of any country.

1. What did you study in high school and later?
I had the privilege of attending one of the top private schools in Hawai’i, where I studied a variety of subjects. Additionally, I attended Babson School to study entrepreneurship in college.

2. How was born in you the idea of being a proofreader/text reviser?
I have an innate ability to correct grammar and vocabulary. It started all in elementary school when I excelled in a Spelling Bee. In high school, I had a high score of 700 or 720 out of 8000 on my verbal SAT portion. In the past and currently, I am praised for my writing ability and proofread emails, grants, and other documents for the CEO of the company I work for. I often correct the way people spell or say things in everyday life, as well, and can pick up on errors naturally.

3. How do you usually do it? which instruments/way to do it
It’s pretty simple – I usually just read sentences and listen to text via someone conversing and I can pick up on whether the syntax is correct or not, and thereafter correct the error.

4. Is it true that the need for this job is growing a lot because we are always in a rush so we often lose the grammar and syntax details?
I would say that the advent of a busier, more technologically advanced way of life as a human civilization has, in general, definitely changed the importance of detail-oriented, correct and sound verbal and grammatical usage.

5. How much is it for your revision? Does it depend on the technicality of the text?
I would say that it is best to review the piece of text needing editing and then I can assess from there what makes sense.

proofreader, hawaii, success, revision, corporate

proofreader, hawaii, success, revision, corporate

Is there something else you would like to ask her?
Please write your requests to info@latedeschi.com

This Coronavirus is putting everyone in great emotional difficulty, even the ones who are always ready to fight to smile like me!

it is certainly a combination of factors. The fact is that I miss my dad like never before and the thought of not seeing my family and especially Mom for so long makes me really breathless.

There are mornings that I wake up with a boulder on my heart and moments of the day when I only see black .. but this is not me! and I don’t want to be me!

I was raised with a lot of love and smiles and this I want to continue to be.

Destiny or Heaven or someone for them .. intervened to alleviate the sadness and my heart ache .. making me meet new precious crazy friends! Those who wake up full of beautiful energy and do nothing but share it are contagious!

With two of them in particular, Laura and Rowen, I spent most of my time last week: a fantastic Hiking to Makapu’u Lighthouse (of which I will tell in another post) and the crazy exciting photonic unique adventure of Skydiving!

They proposed it to me on Friday for Saturday .. at the beginning I said “oh, I don’t know, I don’t think, I’m too afraid”, then in the meantime I decided to join the group and then decide there and then.

Their group of friends is truly engaging, affectionate and supportive.

All five were super convinced, confident and eager to fly. I was there that still did not know whether to jump or not ..

So I tried to focus myself only on the positive aspects that skydiving would have for me:

  • these are activities that can only be done in certain places and therefore I don’t know when this occasion could happen again
  • if something goes wrong, better to die in a fun activity than because of the cursed tumors or in an accident on the street (just see the percentage of deaths)
  • part of a super exciting and encouraging group
  • climbing so high in the sky (4,500 meters) will make me feel the feeling of being close to my Papone again

We have been waiting for almost three hours and then every time my mind ended up in some dark and negative corner, I immediately tried to bring back my attention cone (I will gladly tell you about it if you want) on that blessed list!

Needless to deny how much they helped any activity or chat we invented to cheat time .. stretching, the aperitif with Japanese tea and peanut butter biscuits, the question of the Puerto Ricans on Italian symbolic places ..

Then came the time to jump from the plane .. still trying to keep the attention cone on anything else .. trying to see Papo in the clouds .. I explained to my instructor that I would keep my eyes closed at the time of the launch. . (I suffer from vertigo and the heights impress me) and so I did .. I opened them immediately after .. in full free fall in the clouds!

Ok .. this part I wouldn’t know how to explain it in words .. I hope photos and videos will do it for me!

Good vision,

with love.

Your Silvia.

And you? Have you ever tried skydiving?

Tell us about your favorite adventure!!


Amante della Spagna, non potevo che accettare ad occhi chiusi quando la mia amica Daniela mi propose di andare a Santander per il weekend del suo compleanno!

Parliamo del primo fine settimana di aprile e soprattutto del 2014.. quindi sei anni fa; perdonatemi se le foto non sono di alta qualità come quelle odierne e se non ricordo tutti i dettagli.

Intento di questo post è condividere con voi dei bei ricordi, delle informazioni utili e magari sapere se anche qualcuna/o di voi ci è stata/o e vuole raccontarci la propria esperienza in Cantabria!

Siamo partite da Roma il venerdì sera, purtroppo non potevo prima per motivi lavorativi, e siamo rimaste fino al tardo pomeriggio di domenica.

Appena arrivate ci siamo regalate un aperitivo ricco di tapas e seguente cena in cui abbiamo assaporato varie delizie tra cui il cocido montañés e la quesada pasiega.. lo so, sul cibo la mia memoria è sempre vigile e fresca.. ?

Il sabato mattina ben cariche e desiderose di turismo abbiamo preso la macchina a noleggio e ci siamo dirette al Museo de Altamira, una fedele e interessante riproduzione della preistorica grotta situata a Santanilla del Mar.

Questa struttura è un polo di ricerca e studi per gli appassionati di questo settore in tutto il mondo e sta sviluppando vari laboratori per diffondere questo sapere e la curiosità per le cave paleolitiche anche nei più giovani delle scuole primarie.

Da lì, breve sosta per un pan con tomate y zumo de naranja per poi proseguire verso il delizioso e molto apprezzato borgo di Santillana del Mar, considerato uno dei centri con maggior valore storico artistico di tutta la Spagna.

Un aneddoto divertente parlando con le poche persone locali che incontri e con pazienza ti raccontano qualcosa delle proprie origini: il nome Santillana del Mar è una “mentira” (bugia) in quanto non è SANTA.. non è LLANA (piana) e non sul MAR..

Quanta fantasia chiunque coniò il nome per questa piccola delizia geografica, storica e soprattutto artistica! ?

Tra le foto potrete notare che abbiamo molto apprezzato Santillana e soprattutto la sua Colegiata de Santa Juliana, ricostruita intorno al 1700, ma che fortunatamente ancora conserva alcune opere e dettagli del 1300. Se andrete a visitarla, come vi auguro, non perdetevi il giardino interno con quella bella luce non poteva che essere super apprezzato da due amanti del Sole e dei colori come noi!


Pienamente soddisfatte di questa prima interessante visita, ci siamo dirette verso un’altra bomboniera cantabrica: Castro Urdiales! Oh quanto mi è piaciuto e rimasto nel cuore questo pittoresco, storico, speciale paesino che si affaccia sul mare e si trova a metà strada tra Santander e Bilbao.

Mi ha colpito da subito, non so esattamente per cosa, per quale motivo; non saprei davvero come spiegarlo e quindi spero le immagini e la mia faccia possano parlare per me..

Una signora con cui ci fermammo a chiacchierare fuori dalla gelateria, ci ha raccontato che Castro Urdiales è stato uno dei primi borghi spagnoli ad essere abitati in epoca quasi preistorica e ha per moltissimo tempo avuto un ruolo strategico per il commercio vista la sua posizione. Ragione per cui troviamo una importante Chiesa e il Castello nonostante le piccole dimensioni territoriali e amministrative.

Qualche info in più: https://www.apiediperilmondo.com/castro-urdiales/

La Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción in stile prettamente gotico ha visto iniziare i suoi lavori intorno al 1200, dando all’intera cittadina questa atmosfera medievale che si può respirare ancora oggi camminando sotto gli archi, tra le rocce arenarie con cui fu costruito il monumento e le vetrate tipe gotiche tramite le quali si cerca di far entrare la luce nella Chiesa.

Il Castello di Sant’Anna, unico dei pochi sopravvissuti (anche se solo parzialmente) è stato anche lui costruito in epoca medievale e possiamo ancora riconoscerne la forma pentagonale con i quattro forti nei rispettivi angoli.

La Chiesa e il Castello furono eretti proprio in quella posizione da Alfonso VIII per difendere il regno di Castiglia dagli attacchi tramite mare e quindi eventuali invasioni dal nord.

Guardando la fortezza di Sant’Anna è possibile passeggiare oggi sul ponte medievale, conosciuto anche come ponte romano e conduce all’affascinante faro, costruito nel XIX secolo e acceso per la prima volta nel 1853, dopo anni di invasioni, battaglie ed erosioni naturali.

Ammaliate dal tramonto e dall’atmosfera dolce e accogliente di Castro Urdiales, abbiamo deciso di cenare in un ristorantino del porto per poi rientrare in hotel stanche e super soddisfatte dell’intensa giornata cantabrica.

Domenica mattina, ancora curiose e stimolate, ma anche stanche della lunga giornata precedente, abbiamo deciso di passare la giornata principalmente in zona Santander.

Così abbiamo iniziato con una lunga camminata fino al Palacio de la Magdalena, area molto interessante, spaziosa, dove puoi passare buona parte della giornata visto il parco, il confine con il vasto e aereggiato Golfo di Biscaglia, un grazioso aquarium con accesso diretto di acqua marina e per finire il piccolo museo naturale all’aperto dedicato al carismatico Vital Alsar Ramirez di cui adoro la citazione: LA FE ES LA BARCA, PERO SOLO LOS REMOS DE LA VOLUNTAD LA LLEVAN”.

È curioso come questo importante Palacio, costruito a inizio ‘900 come residenza estiva, sia poi stato acquistato dal Comune di Santander per trasformarlo in sede dell’Università Internazionale Estiva e centro congressi ed eventi.

Di seguito un interessante blog per altre info e foto: https://martinaway.com/penisola-de-la-magdalena-santander/

E voi siete mai stati a Santander?

Cosa vi ha colpito in particolare della Cantabria?

Dai dai sono curiosa ?

 A presto mia adorata Spagna! 🙂

Being a Lover of Spain, I could only accept without doubting when my friend Daniela proposed to me to go to Santander for her birthday weekend!

We are talking about the first weekend of April and especially of 2014 .. so six years ago; forgive me if the photos are not of high quality like today and if I don’t remember all the details. ?

The purpose of this post is to share good memories, useful information and maybe know if even some of you have been there and want to tell us about your experience in Cantabria!

We left Rome on Friday evening, unfortunately I was unable to leave earlier for business reasons, and we stayed until late Sunday afternoon.

As soon as we arrived we started the night with an aperitif full of tapas and the following dinner in which we tasted various delights including the cocido montañés and the quesada pasiega .. I know, on food my memory is always alert and fresh .. ?

On Saturday mornings, well charged and eager for tourism, we rented a car and headed to the Museo de Altamira, a faithful and interesting reproduction of the prehistoric cave located in Santanilla del Mar.

This structure is a center of research and studies for fans of this sector all over the world and is developing various laboratories to spread this knowledge and curiosity for the Paleolithic quarries even in the youngest of primary schools.


From there, a short stop for a pan con tomate y zumo de naranja and then continue towards the delightful and highly appreciated village of Santillana del Mar, considered one of the centers with the greatest historical and artistic value in all of Spain.

A funny anecdote talking to the few local people you meet and patiently tell you something about their origins: the name Santillana del Mar is a “lie” as it is not Saint (SANTA) .. it is not LLANA (flat) and not on the Sea..

How much imagination anyone coined the name for this little geographical, historical and above all artistic delight! ?


Among the photos you can see that we greatly appreciated Santillana and especially its Colegiata de Santa Juliana, rebuilt around 1700, but which fortunately still retains some works and details from the 1300s. If you go to visit it, as I wish you, don’t miss the internal garden with that beautiful light it could only be super appreciated by two lovers of the Sun and colors like us!

Fully satisfied with this first interesting visit, we headed for another Cantabrian pearl: Castro Urdiales! Oh how much I liked and remained in my heart this picturesque, historic, special village overlooking the sea and located halfway between Santander and Bilbao.

It struck me immediately, I don’t know exactly for what, for what reason; I really don’t know how to explain it and so I hope the images and my face can speak for me ..

A lady with whom we stopped to chat outside the ice cream shop, told us that Castro Urdiales was one of the first Spanish villages to be inhabited in almost prehistoric times and for a very long time had a strategic role for commerce given its location. Reason why we find an important Church and the Castle despite the small territorial and administrative dimensions.

The typically Gothic Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción saw its work begin around 1200, giving the entire town this medieval atmosphere that can still be breathed today by walking under the arches, among the sandstone rocks with which the monument and the typical Gothic windows through which we try to let the light enter the Church.

The Castle of Sant’Anna, the only one of the few survivors (even if only partially) was also built in medieval times and we can still recognize its pentagonal shape with the four forts in the respective corners.

The Church and the Castle were built in that position by Alfonso VIII to defend the kingdom of Castile from attacks by sea and therefore any invasions from the north.

Looking at the fortress of Sant’Anna it is possible to stroll today on the medieval bridge, also known as the Roman bridge and leads to the fascinating lighthouse, built in the 19th century and lit for the first time in 1853, after years of invasions, battles and natural erosions.

Enchanted by the sunset and the sweet and welcoming atmosphere of Castro Urdiales, we decided to dine in a restaurant in the port and then return to our hotel tired and super satisfied with the intense Cantabrian day.

Sunday morning, still curious and stimulated, but also tired from the long previous day, we decided to spend the day mainly in Santander.

We started with a long walk to the Palacio de la Magdalena, a very interesting, spacious area, where you can spend most of the day having regard to the park, the border with the vast and airy Bay of Biscay, a nice aquarium with direct access to sea water and finally the small open-air natural museum dedicated to the charismatic Vital Alsar Ramirez whose quote I love: LA FE ES LA BARCA, BUT SOLO LOS REMOS DE LA VOLUNTAD LA LLEVAN “.

It is curious how this important Palacio, built in the early 1900s as a royal summer residence, was later purchased by the Municipality of Santander to transform it into the headquarters of the International Summer University and congress and events center.

Check out this: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/cantabria-asturias-and-galicia/santander/attractions/palacio-de-la-magdalena/a/poi-sig/1481711/360749

¡Amante de España, solo podía aceptar sin dudas cuando mi amiga Daniela me propuso ir a Santander para su fin de semana de cumpleaños!

Hablamos del primer fin de semana de abril y especialmente de 2014 … así que hace seis años; perdónadme si las fotos no son de alta calidad como hoy y si no recuerdo todos los detalles.

El propósito de esta publicación es compartir buenos recuerdos, información útil y tal vez saber si incluso algunos de ustedes han estado allí y quieren contarnos sobre su experiencia en Cantabria.

Salimos de Roma el viernes por la noche, desafortunadamente no pude hacerlo antes por razones de trabajo, y nos quedamos hasta el domingo por la tarde.

Tan pronto como llegamos nos aprovechamos un aperitivo lleno de tapas y la siguiente cena en la que probamos varias delicias, incluyendo el cocido montañés y la quesada pasiega … Lo sé, en la comida mi memoria siempre está alerta y fresca … ?

Los sábados por la mañana, bien cargadas y ansiosas por el turismo, tomamos el coche de alquiler y nos dirigimos al Museo de Altamira, una reproducción fiel e interesante de la cueva prehistórica ubicada en Santanilla del Mar.

Esta estructura es un centro de investigación y estudios para los fanáticos de este sector en todo el mundo y está desarrollando varios laboratorios para difundir este conocimiento y curiosidad por las canteras paleolíticas, incluso en las escuelas primarias más jóvenes.


Desde allí, una breve parada para tomar un pan con tomate y zumo de naranja y luego continuar hacia el encantador y muy apreciado pueblo de Santillana del Mar, considerado uno de los centros con mayor valor histórico y artístico de toda España.

Una anécdota divertida que eschuchemos de unas personas locales que encontramos es algo sobre sus orígenes: el nombre de Santillana del Mar es una “mentira” ya que no es SANTA … no es LLANA (plana) y no està sobre el mar ..

¡Cuánta imaginación lo que acuñó el nombre de esta pequeña delicia geográfica, histórica y sobre todo artística! ?

Entre las fotos se puede ver que apreciamos mucho a Santillana y especialmente a su Colegiata de Santa Juliana, reconstruida alrededor de 1700, pero que afortunadamente aún conserva algunas obras y detalles de la década de 1300. Si vas a visitarla, como te deseo, no te pierdas el jardín interno. ¡Con esa hermosa luz cuanto dos amantes del Sol y de colores como nosotras podrían apreciarlo de maravilla!

Completamente satisfechas con esta primera visita interesante, nos dirigimos a otro favor cántabro: ¡Castro Urdiales! Oh, cuánto me gustó y me quedé en mi corazón este pueblo pintoresco, histórico y especial con vista al mar y ubicado a medio camino entre Santander y Bilbao.

Me llamó la atención de inmediato, no sé exactamente por qué, por qué razón; Realmente no sé cómo explicarlo, así que espero que las imágenes y mi cara puedan hablar por mí.

Una señora con la que nos detuvimos para charlar frente a la heladería nos contó que Castro Urdiales fue una de las primeras aldeas españolas habitadas en tiempos casi prehistóricos y que durante mucho tiempo tuvo un papel estratégico para el comercio dada su ubicación. Motivo por el cual encontramos una importante Iglesia y el Castillo a pesar de las pequeñas dimensiones territoriales y administrativas.

La Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción, típicamente gótica, vio su trabajo comenzar alrededor de 1200, dando a toda la ciudad esta atmósfera medieval que todavía se puede respirar hoy caminando bajo los arcos, entre las rocas arenarias con las que monumento y las típicas ventanas góticas a través de las cuales intentamos dejar que la luz entre en la Iglesia.

El Castillo de Santa Ana, el único de los pocos sobrevivientes (aunque solo sea parcialmente) también se construyó en la época medieval y aún podemos reconocer su forma pentagonal con los cuatro fuertes en los rincones respectivos.

La Iglesia y el Castillo fueron construidos en esa posición por Alfonso VIII para defender el reino de Castilla de los ataques por mar y, por lo tanto, de cualquier invasión desde el norte.

Mirando a la fortaleza de Santa Ana es posible pasear hoy por el puente medieval, también conocido como el puente romano que conduce al fascinante faro, construido en el siglo XIX e iluminado por primera vez en 1853, después de años de invasiones, batallas y erosiones naturales.

Encantados por la puesta de sol y el ambiente dulce y acogedor de Castro Urdiales, decidimos cenar en un restaurante en el puerto y luego regresar a nuestro hotel cansadas ​​y súper satisfechas con el intenso día cantábrico.


El domingo por la mañana, todavía curiosas y estimuladas, pero también cansadas del largo día anterior, decidimos pasar el día principalmente en Santander.

Así que comenzamos con una larga caminata hasta el Palacio de la Magdalena, una zona muy interesante y espaciosa, donde puedes disfrutar la mayor parte del día teniendo en cuenta el parque, la frontera con el vasto y espacioso Golfo de Vizcaya, un bonito acuario con acceso directo al agua marina y finalmente el pequeño museo natural al aire libre dedicado al carismático Vital Alsar Ramírez cuya cita me encanta: LA FE ES LA BARCA, PERO SOLO LOS REMOS DE LA VOLUNTAD LA LLEVAN “.

Es curioso cómo este importante Palacio, construido a principios del siglo XX como residencia de verano, fue adquirido posteriormente por el Municipio de Santander para transformarlo en la sede de la Universidad Internacional de Verano y el centro de congresos y eventos.

Y tu?

Fuiste a Santander?

Que te encanta de Cantabria?

Cuentame ?


Ecco come queste fantastiche isole ti accolgono.. una semplice parola, ma che sprigiona ormai da anni quel qualcosa di esotico, di colorato, di positivo specialmente in noi italiani.

Così, con la stessa energia, voglio cominciare a raccontarvi le nostre Hawaii che abbiamo la fortuna di vivere non solo da residenti ma anche da turisti.. quindi godiamo sia della sua vita quotidiana che dei posti nuovi, diversi, inaspettati che ancora dobbiamo scoprire.

Noi viviamo sull’Isola di Oahu, punto di riferimento per le Hawaii con la sua capitale Honolulu.

È un’isola grande con un’alta densità di popolazione (circa un milione di persone). È diversa in ogni sua parte, da nord a sud, da est a ovest. Non ti fa annoiare mai, direi! ?

Oahu si estende su circa 1.600 km, con un territorio denso di vegetazione verde per buona parte dell’anno. Possiede piccole e grandi baie, un fantastico cratere vulcanico, spiagge larghe e strette, tutte costeggianti l’Oceano che riesce a regalarci le più svariate sfumature di blu!

Sono tante le opportunità che quest’isola offre e così, anche io e mio marito abbiamo cercato di coglierne quante più possibili:

  • Hiking – immersi nella meravigliosa natura
  • Farsi scaldare dal Sole sdraiati in spiagge più e meno famose
  • Snorkeling tra tartarughe e divertenti pesci colorati, coralli delicati e preziosi
  • Lezioni di surf e bodyboarding
  • Degustazioni di cibo locale e internazionale
  • Sfavillanti fuochi d’artificio
  • Concerti di Ukulele
  • Lezioni di Hula
  • Andare nelle local farms per portarsi a casa le vere Macadamias, la frutta locale a KM 0, il cocco, il miele

Appena ci siamo trasferiti a Honolulu, tutti da casa mi chiedevano come fossero queste Hawaii, che tipi fossero gli Hawaiiani; io rispondevo che mi serviva ancora del tempo per capire, per avere le idee chiare..

Dopo un anno in questa meravigliosa realtà, mi sento di poter tranquillamente affermare che la più grande ricchezza e caratteristica di queste fantastiche e colorate isole è proprio il loro essere uniche! Immerse nell’oceano, a metà tra Occidente e Oriente, sono un grandioso miscuglio di razze, tradizioni, sapori, culture, festività, religioni, abitudini..

Qualche cenno storico mi aiuterà sicuramente a spiegare il perché di queste mie affermazioni:

Le isole hawaiiane furono raggiunte e abitate per la prima volta 1.500 anni dai Polinesiani, dando così un input floreale, di colori, di balli e sapori a questo arcipelago.

A fine ‘700 sono arrivati qui per la prima volta gli Europei guidati da Capitan Cook e dopo circa un centinaio di anni, quando le piantagioni di zucchero continuavano a produrre in modo esponenziale, sono arrivati qui lavoratori dalla Cina e poi da Filippine, Corea, Giappone.

È soprattutto da questa manodopera che ben mischiata ai tratti polinesiani derivano i tratti meravigliosi degli attuali hawaiiani.

Ovunque in queste isole è possibile trovare tantissimi ristoranti di cucina orientale e quella che ho scoperto piacermi di più è quella Coreana!

Un sito che ben sintetizza e racconta la storia Hawaiiana è https://www.gohawaii.com/hawaiian-culture/history

E tu hai mai avuto l’opportunità di vistare le Hawaii?

Se no, cosa in particolare ti piacerebbe sapere di queste isole?

E poi, Ti sei mai trasferito così lontano, in un posto con delle tradizioni e culture tanto diverse dalle nostre?

Ne approfitto per segnalarvi unico blog italiano interamente dedicato alle hawaii: https://lovehawaii.it/ e in particolare questa pagina: https://lovehawaii.it/7-domande-cosa-sapere-hawaii/

Our Hawaii


Here’s how these fantastic islands welcome you … a simple word, but which for years has been giving off that exotic, colorful, positive something especially in us Italians.

So, with the same energy, I want to start telling you about our Hawaii that we are lucky enough to live not only as residents but also as tourists .. so we enjoy both his daily life and the new, different, unexpected places that we still have to discover.

We live on the Island of Oahu, a reference point for Hawaii with its capital Honolulu.

It is a large island with a high population density (around one million people). It is different in every part, from north to south, from east to west. It never bores you, I’d say! ?

Oahu extends over approximately 1,600 km, with a territory dense with green vegetation for most of the year. It has small and large bays, a fantastic volcanic crater, wide and narrow beaches, all bordering the ocean that manages to give us the most varied shades of blue!

There are many opportunities that this island offers and so, my husband and I also tried to take as many as possible:

  • Hiking – immersed in the wonderful nature
  • Sunbathing lying on more and less famous beaches
  • Snorkeling between turtles and funny colored fishes, delicate and precious corals
  • Surfing and bodyboarding lessons
  • Local and international food tastings
  • Sparkling fireworks
  • Ukulele concerts
  • Hula lessons
  • Go to the local farms to take home the real Macadamias, the local fruit at KM 0, the coconut, the honey

As soon as we moved to Honolulu, everyone from home asked me how for me Hawaii were, what the Hawaiians were like; I replied that I still needed time to understand, to have clear ideas ..

After a year in this wonderful reality, I feel I can surely say that the greatest wealth and characteristic of these fantastic and colorful islands is precisely their being unique! Immersed in the ocean, halfway between the West and the East, they are a great mixture of races, traditions, flavors, cultures, holidays, religions, habits ..

A few historical references will certainly help me to explain the reason for these statements:

The Hawaiian islands were reached and inhabited for the first time 1,500 years by the Polynesians, thus giving a floral input of colors, dances and flavors to this archipelago.

At the end of the 18th century, the Europeans led by Captain Cook arrived here for the first time and after about a hundred years, when the sugar plantations continued to produce exponentially, workers arrived from China and then from the Philippines, Korea, Japan.

It is above all from this workforce that well mixed with the Polynesian traits derive the wonderful traits of today’s Hawaiians.

Everywhere in these islands you can find many restaurants of oriental cuisine and the one that I discovered I like the most is the Korean one!

A site that sums up and tells the Hawaiian story is https://www.gohawaii.com/hawaiian-culture/history

And have you ever had the opportunity to visit Hawaii?

If not, what in particular would you like to know about these islands?

And then, have you ever moved so far, to a place with traditions and cultures so different from ours?

Nuestro Hawaii


Así es como estas islas fantásticas le dan la bienvenida … una palabra simple, pero que durante años ha estado emitiendo ese algo exótico, colorido y positivo, especialmente en nosotros los italianos.

Entonces, con la misma energía, quiero comenzar a contarles sobre nuestro Hawái que tenemos la suerte de vivir no solo como residentes sino también como turistas … para que podamos disfrutar tanto de su vida diaria como de los nuevos, diferentes e inesperados lugares que aún tenemos que descubrir.

Vivimos en la isla de Oahu, un punto de referencia para Hawai con su capital Honolulu.

Es una isla grande con una alta densidad de población (alrededor de un millón de personas). Es diferente en cada parte, de norte a sur, de este a oeste. ¡Nunca te aburre, diría! ?

Oahu se extiende sobre aproximadamente 1.600 km, con un territorio denso con vegetación verde durante la mayor parte del año. Tiene bahías pequeñas y grandes, un cráter volcánico fantástico, playas anchas y estrechas, todas bordeando el océano que logra darnos los más variados tonos de azul.

Hay muchas oportunidades que ofrece esta isla y, por lo tanto, mi esposo y yo también intentamos aprovechar la mayor cantidad posible:

  • Senderismo: inmerso en la naturaleza maravillosa
  • Caliéntate del sol en playas más y menos famosas
  • Snorkel entre tortugas y peces de colores divertidos, corales delicados y preciosos
  • Clases de surf y bodyboard
  • Degustaciones de comida local e internacional.
  • Fuegos artificiales espumosos
  • Conciertos de ukelele
  • Lecciones de hula
  • Ve a las granjas locales para llevarte a casa las verdaderas macadamias, la fruta local en KM 0, el coco, la miel

Tan pronto como nos mudamos a Honolulu, todos en casa me preguntaban cómo eran estos Hawái, cómo eran los hawaianos; Le respondí que aún necesitaba tiempo para entender, para tener ideas claras …

¡Después de un año en esta maravillosa realidad, siento que puedo decir con seguridad que la mayor riqueza y característica de estas islas fantásticas y coloridas es precisamente que son únicas! Inmersos en el océano, a medio camino entre Occidente y Oriente, son una gran mezcla de razas, tradiciones, sabores, culturas, fiestas, religiones, hábitos …

Algunas referencias históricas ciertamente me ayudarán a explicar la razón de estas declaraciones:

Las islas hawaianas fueron alcanzadas y habitadas por primera vez hace 1.500 años por los polinesios, dando así un aporte floral de colores, danzas y sabores a este archipiélago.

A fines del siglo XVIII, los europeos liderados por el Capitán Cook llegaron aquí por primera vez y después de unos cien años, cuando las plantaciones de azúcar continuaron produciendo exponencialmente, llegaron trabajadores de China y luego de Filipinas, Corea, Japón.

Es sobre todo de esta fuerza laboral que bien mezclados con los rasgos polinesios derivan los maravillosos rasgos de los hawaianos de hoy.

¡En todas partes de estas islas puedes encontrar muchos restaurantes de cocina oriental y el que descubrí que me gusta más es el coreano!

Un sitio que resume y cuenta la historia hawaiana es https://www.gohawaii.com/hawaiian-culture/history

¿Y alguna vez has tenido la oportunidad de visitar Hawai?

Si no, ¿qué le gustaría saber en particular sobre estas islas?

Y luego, ¿alguna vez te has mudado tan lejos, a un lugar con tradiciones y culturas tan diferentes a las nuestras?

Aprovecho esta oportunidad para informarles sobre un buen blog en espaȵol que habla y describe Hawaii: https://viajeros360.com/2018/08/08/hawaii-guia-de-viaje/