After my last post I’m sure it will seem like I am a self-hating New Yorker. Definitely not the case. I absolutely love the fact that I have the opportunity to live in one of the best cities in the world. Case in point, where else would you find such a beautiful, simple reminder like this? A few years ago, some magical holiday elf decided to continue the spirit, even after the Christmas trees had all been abandoned. I will never know who created this special moment, but I will never forget the way it lifted my spirits that day.
I absolutely love living in New York City most of the year, but there is one major reason I am dying to become bi-coastal. THE COLD. Now that Spring has arrived it’s easy to forget about the biting cold, the mountain of snow, and the constantly running nose. So this is one of my many reminders to incentivize myself to find a cute little beach hut for those never too far off, long winter months.
Wandering through the markets in India was truly an over sensory experience. From the sounds of the throngs of people and animals milling about to the smells of spices mixed with sweat, nothing could have prepared me for this.
Now that I am back in New York City, I find myself looking through my pictures from Portugal on an almost daily basis! The city of Lisbon and its surrounding towns were so photo friendly, that it was near impossible to take a bad image.
So please enjoy these landscape images of Lisbon (and some of it’s tasty treats!), and I hope they bring you as much joy as they have brought me.
Have you ever traveled to a photo friendly city? Where was it?
After receiving a glowing recommendation from a friend, I contacted Different Portugal Tours to help give me an introduction to the country. We spent the entire day exploring Sintra, Cascais, and Roca Cape, the westernmost tip of continental Europe.
I was completely unprepared for the breathtaking views, at what felt like the end of the world. Jagged cliffs touched the bright blue sky and an endless stretch of water spread out in a panoramic scene.
Have you ever experienced nature that took your breath away?
After a glowing recommendation from a friend I decided to spend a week in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. Portugal is so close to Spain, and yet it’s size tends to render it overshadowed by its larger neighbor.
As I wandered through the city on my first day, I was blown away by the charm of the tiled homes, the hilly cobble stoned streets, and the ever present trams.
During my five day English immersion program with VaughanTown, I made lifelong friends with whom I spent hours walking, talking about life, and sharing hopes and fears. The experience was unforgettable, and has quickly become the highlight of my journey through Spain.
One of the most notable parts of the program for me, were the meal times. The Spaniards and Anglos were able to sit in fours or fives drinking wine, talking in a low pressure environment, and enjoying good food.
And what good food it was.
Located in the renowned El Rancho de la Aldeguela Hotel and Restaurant, we were served three course meals with a combination of Spanish cuisine and typical Western fare. With options like asparagus paired with Iberian Ham, fresh fish in a creamy tomato sauce, and panna cotta, each day become a countdown to the next meal.