There are things about Mexico I miss. Friends and students, who more often than not were one and the same. The weather. The food. The colonial architecture. The weather. The ciclothon. The easy access to great beaches. The weather. The people. Especially the people. Generally speaking, I much prefer Mexicans to Brits. And, of course, the weather.
There are things I don’t miss. The health insurance policy I had, which in essence was funded by crossed fingers. The patchy water supply. And the cost of gadgets. I love gadgets. I did manage to get myself a very nice camera, but that was thanks mainly to my Bostonian amigo. And I had an iPod Touch from the same source. But new computers and cutting edge smartphones? Out of reach. My reach anyway.
I’d been looking forward to feeding my gadget lust in the UK. I bought a new bike a few weeks ago. A computer is on my Amazon Wish List awaiting my first decent bonus. And I took possession of my new smartphone last week. I’d spent a couple of months lusting after a Sony Xperia Arc. A most lustworthy device. I ordered one, but the shop ran out of stock. I waited. And waited. To no avail. I did find it in stock on another network though, so I cancelled my outstanding order and went to a different shop to satisfy my needs.
I approached the sales assistant. I asked about the Arc. He agreed, it was a fabulous phone. He reached into his pocket and produced a black square brick of goodness. “But have you seen this yet?” he asked, teasing me with a solid chunk of 4.3″ wonderbar. My eyes transfixed on the device. They glazed over. I was transfixed. Hypontised, even. “It’s so shiny…” I wheezed. I was putty in his hands. But enough of this slightly dodgy story with it’s iffy gay porn overtones. I really was sold.
I left the shop with one, the Sony Arc relegated to yesterdays news. The all new Samsung Galaxy S2, released only the day before, in my pocket. Well, in my hands. Where it’s been ever since. Dual core processor. Huge ‘Super AMOLED’ screen. And the latest bake of Android, 2.3 Gingerbread. I’ve been downloading apps ever since. Especially camera apps. The phone has a pretty decent 8mp camera lens on it. Sure, it’s no substitute for my Olympus Pen. But it can still take a nice enough shot. And with all the filter apps and whatnot, it’s a lot of fun.
I did a 365 project from October 2008 til October 2009 in Mexico. That was fun, and the results were great. But best of all, it’s a project I still look at regularly. So many memories. I’m so glad I did it. I’d recommend to anyone that they do a 365 project. It’s a bit of hard work, making sure you get a snap everyday, but it’s a lot of fun. What makes it really worthwhile though is having such a vivid reminder of an entire year of your life to look at long after it’s done.
So I thought to myself, why not do one for the year to come in England? It couldn’t possibly be any easier now I have my Samsung Galaxy S2. Take photo with phone. Upload it to the blog on Posterous. Done. I uploaded the first photo yesterday. Not the most inspired start. Like last time, there’ll be good uns and bad uns. But, again like last time, the finished product will, hopefully, be worthwhile.