All posts tagged: travel

le retour à Paris

Recently I’ve been in Paris for the second time ever in my life. Unexpectedly, I’ve loved it even more now and still there’s so much to see and to experiment. Paris makes you want to sing from the rooftops, dance through the streets, twirl through the boulevards and discover all the cultures that are exposed in this massive metropolis. Since I was little, I had a different perspective of France due to some family friends who are immigrants and belong to the Portuguese community in Paris. It’s a very interesting turn of events that I recommend to search and read about. A country is so much more than just a flag, it’s made by people from different places, coming together in one major city. So, the big question is: will I come back? I think the answer will always be: Yes. Of course. Paris is a destination of a lifetime.

Budapest

Exploring a city for more than a week can be a real treat. “The pearl of the Danube” or as more well known by Budapest, is the charming capital of Hungary. From the nightlife to the baths, the food, the architecture. Budapest has so much more to offer. I fell in love with the large quantity of thermal bath options, the contrast of historical buildings, the people I’ve met and the marvelous time I’ve spent roaming the streets of Budapest. If you need a vacation away don’t hesitate to visit this gorgeous city.

Florence

Many of the main attractions of Tuscany can be found in the lovely city of Florence. This city is mostly known for its art, architecture and food; and no wonder, what the fuzz is all about! Firenze can contain all stereotypical Italian traditions in one place! Everything is there! The lovely Italian streets, the traditional food, the sun and of course, all the statues, paintings, churches and so much more art to absorb! I truly recommend it to stop by and just enjoy its relaxed pace and beautiful sights. Italy is one of those places that can make you fall in love instantly. It can be from the food, the beautiful squares, the fashion, the people, the language. Every time I leave an Italian city behind, I always leave with a smile and of course, a promise to return.

Rome

If there’s one iconic European city that combines history and art it is for sure the wonderful capital of Italy: Rome. On my first day exploring the city, my expectations were already above the clouds. The contrast between the trees with the maroon, red, brown of the buildings. Full of rich Roman history and winding streets that can lead you to most unexpected places. Personally, it’s not a surprise that I’m a fan of Italian culture and of course, that implies the food. Every dish in Rome can be a dream come true if you just look carefully where you’re at in the city. Besides following advice from locals I also used the CityMaps2Go app. Truly recommended to find the best ice-cream. The monuments speak for themselves, especially if you studied them during high school. Last but not least, the nightlife is really something to be experienced in Rome. The urban lifestyle of the city is so much more than meets the eye. Now, to finish this post, with no more words or adjectives, I …

Out of my comfort zone

I just got off the phone with my cousin who I haven’t spoken in two years. The conversation we had reminded me why I left my home-country. And also why we don’t talk much. You see, we have different goals in life. I’ve been working abroad over the past few years and facing new challenges almost every single day. My cousin never lived outside his village. He keeps telling me to “come home”, “find a job here”, “stay here”. To be honest, these words don’t warm my heart. I tried so many times to explain to him that the world outside is so much more than stereotypes, monuments and sunny spots. The world has so much more to offer: home sickness, uncomfortable places and a learning process about who you are. Through all these years I haven’t found a place where I would make myself a home so instead of chasing it, I’ve started to move around. I decided to live with other people, to share stories, to open myself to new possibilities and realize …