Say hello to my little friend.

I want to introduce you to someone.

His name is Camarón, not to be confused by the other one from la Isla.

Clearly the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought, besides plane tickets. Seems like a natural progression, as my interest for photography is likely stemmed from my passion for traveling.

Truth is, I feel naked without my camera, so having a big one dangling from my neck gives me a helluva lot more assurance that no one is checking out my muffin tops.

I spent my 19-day Christmas vacation in the American Southwest, snapping up Kike’s obsession with his Christmas present, stately saguaro cacti and the dazzling lights of the Vegas strip. Camarón got a good workout, and we’re starting to get to know one another. I wish I would have thought about investing in one earlier, as I’ve been making treadmarks on the Earth for ten years now, but timing is sometimes everything – I won back the value of the camera on penny slots in Vegas!

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. I’m so happy you got your camera and your pics so far are awesome!!!! Kike looks like a cowboy and I love the pic of memorial field. Amazing! Besos!!!

  2. Oh my gosh, he looks like such a cowboy! Haha, great present too. I’m sure you loved it.

  3. These are INCREDIBLE shots! Love Canons, don’t know what I’d do w/o mine.

    • Thanks, lady! I had played with Love and Paella’s Sarah’s and the little detalle’s writer’s, too, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and my dad’s weird love for getting up early (and standing in lines at Sears on Black Friday!)

  4. Great shots Cat! Hope you had a good time back at home xx

  5. Jessica Alcorn says:

    Awesome shots! Kike totally pulls off the cowboy look hahaha. This makes me was to go out west.

  6. Oh… That’s such a nice present! With this great camera and your expert eye as a photographer you’ll take loads of great shots (actually you already started -congrats!).

    And it also means that we can go for a photowalk around Seville whenever you want (I still haven’t tried ouy my new beauty –

  7. Arg, I hate when I see a typo right after clicking ‘Post Comment’.

    Should say “… tried ouT…”

  8. Wow! Great shots! I’ve had my DSLR for over a year and still can’t get most of mine to look that good. If you don’t mind me asking, were you shooting on full manual?

    • Hey Amanda, a lot of my shots were luck or a lot of fiddling around. I had my camera glued to my face like a tourist, and got up early to walk around the retirement village and test it out, too. I bought an e-book called “Getting out of Automatic”from Beers and Bean along with the camera ( ), and had someone teach me basic last year. Some I shot on automatic when lighting was weird, but most of my Grand Canyon shots were on manual.

  9. Nice!! How many pictures did you take over the course of your US adventures?

    I’ve been afraid to name my Canon(<—this doesn't count) after my pal's camera, Paco, fell into the Copenhagen canal. Paco II is alive and kickin', but I'm not about to assign _______ an endearing nickname in case I get too attached.

    Looking forward to more shots as you traipse through Europe and beyond!

  10. Awesome pictures!! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a DSLR camera for a long time. My parents came to visit me in PR last week and my dad brought his and I loved playing around with it, the pictures I got were pretty great!

    Kike looks like he’s totally out of an old country western film jiji :)


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