Oct 21, 2013

One-year journal / diary, in Portuguese

On the day of my 30th birthday I created a new blog, in Portuguese, where I intend to write something everyday, for a year. And I've done it so far! I missed writing in my mother language. It feels, of course, far more natural - and I'm also much faster. You wouldn't believe the amount of time I spend editing these English posts!

I spent some time reflecting on whether I wanted to share this new blog here (for those of you who understand Portuguese, of course). And I decided to do it. But be warned: it may get boring! It's pretty much a diary, where I ramble about my day, and do some self-analysis when appropriate.

If you wish to visit, be my guest: "Um ano na minha vida".

And now, completely unrelated, I end with some pictures of Fiona, who is so very cute and photogenic (and maybe a little dirty from playing in the yard)!

See you soon!

Oct 11, 2013

Commitment + pictures of a sunny afternoon

My blog turned one on August 30, and I turned thirty on October 1 (thirty... how did that happen?...).

As you may have noticed I've been procrastinating about writing in the blog in the last few months. I think my resistance is, in part, a result of feeling like I actually don't have anything useful to say. My current life situation is not exactly inspiring...

But I also know that this is just that inner voice speaking, whose main job in life is to nag, criticize and roll its eyes on everything I do or contemplate doing. The truth is, I want to write and I don't want to let this blog die. And I know that there's a part of me that may actually have something important or useful to say.

I'm not very good with commitments, but I feel that a commitment can help here. So, my dear readers, I'm committing to posting at least once a week. It can be just a picture, or a sentence about the weather, but I'll post something.

And, to cheer things up a little bit, I'm sharing some pictures I took yesterday. I've been spending a lot of time in my room working in front of the computer. So yesterday afternoon I decided to catch some fresh air in the garden and backyard. It was a sunny and comforting afternoon...

Be well, and see you soon :)

Oct 6, 2013

Tiny 2013 summer vacation: Gerês (part 2, of 2)

And suddenly, another (almost) two months passed by... I know it's a bit too late for vacation pictures, but here they are... :)

Day 4 - Afternoon exploring (and bathing in) the Vilarinho da Furna dam

I, posing right beside the dam!

"Do not throw objects - you may hit people"


The other side


"Private property. Belongs to the former inhabitants of Vilarinho da Furna. Limited access." (We payed a symbolic fee to access.) 

We walked this path, along the waterside


The path was long and the view was stunning

So much water

Happy cows

We found this heart shape. Is Nature in love? ;P

Supposedly we should be able to see the old Vilarinho da Furna village here, but on this specific day it was completely submerged

I and the water (which was surprisingly warm)! 


Local flora,  in pink

Local flora,  in yellow

Local flora,  in grey

Local flora,  in greenish brown 

Traditional 'espigueiros', on our way back to the hotel 

The afternoon says goodbye

Day 5 - Returning home, with a stop at Porto

We found another lake, with a mini dam downstream

River beach

Porto city park (suddenly, the weather was grey) 


Someone scared the geese (the white spots on the floor are feathers)

White as snow


A splash of red

~The End~

Hope you enjoyed traveling with me. See you (hopefully) soon :)