Route 66: Main Street of America

One of my best memories from when I lived in the U.S. is driving on the original Route 66. I drove my 2004 Toyota Corolla from Victorville, in Southern California, to Needles, on the border between California and Arizona (175 miles.)

I drove for hours and didn’t came across another human being until I reach my destination. I crossed ghost towns, abandonded gas stations, motels, restaurants, and cafes. It felt like traveling back in time. It must have been pretty cool back in the day being able to drive from Chicago to Santa Monica without having to leave Route 66, crossing so many states, so many cities and towns.

The original Route 66 was 3,945 kms. long (2,451 miles) and it was established on November 1926. It ran from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66 (song on Youtube)

Say it ain’t so, Maria

Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation for using a prohibited drug.

Until a few days ago, she was the highest female paid athlete in the world, earning up to 19.3 million dollars a year. Now she’s number 2 behind another tennis player, Serena Williams.

The five-time Grand Slam winner said she can’t accept the unfairly harsh ban and will appeal.

I’ve had the chance to cover Sharapova from 2007 until 2014 in several tournaments in Southern California.

Note: All photos shown in the following gallery were taken by me and they’re copyrighted. Thanks.

Nole through the years

I saw Novak Djokovic live for the first time in Indian Wells in 2008. That year he won the Pacific Life Open for the first time (now BNP Paribas Open, 4 titles). He was 20 years old. Since then, I’ve had the chance to see his tennis career evolve through the years in Indian Wells every year in March. I also had a chance to see him in Paris in 2014, at Roland Garros.

The following photos are in chronological order and they were all taken by be. They’re copyrighted. Thanks.

 

My tribute to Garbiñe Muguruza

I’d like to pay a small tribute to Garbiñe Muguruza, Roland Garros 2016 champion, in the form of a photo gallery, with pictures I took of her at BNP Paribas Open and Roland Garros, both in 2014.

I had the chance to meet Garbiñe in Indian Wells in 2013. As soon as I found out her mother was from Venezuela and her father from Spain, I wanted to meet her. We share a “Venezuelan connection”: I was born in Spain and when I was 3 years old, I moved with my parents to Venezuela. In the  case of “Garbi”, she was born in Venezuela and moved to Spain when she was still young.