Days (cont)

day30, aug30

Days in school, teaching and whatnot, have begun. Full-throttle. And of course this (as in the blog) has suffered already. I swear I am trying to change that, but it’s just not easy. It was only a week but it felt like a full whole month, seriously. In the beginning it’s always chaotic, and it’s very easy to get overwhelmed. And I know that! And I know I should take it easy, but I don’t. I always try to do more and step a little bit further…it almost always comes back to bite me in the a$$. 

Anyway, here are the last few days’ 365days. 

day31, aug31 

day32, sep1 – oats and chia pudding, and fruit. 

day33, sep2 – plants all over. 


day34, sep3 

day35, sep4 

day36, sep5 

day37, sep6

day38, sep7

day39, sep8

day40, sep9

day41, sep10


Enjoy the week. 

Days.

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I haven’t had the chance (or the right frame of mind if I’m honest) to pick up Harry Potter’s new book. Not that it’s a new book per se…  But it’s still a new story within the HP world, so of course I can’t wait to read it! But at the same time, I kind of want to savour it for a little while… You know what I mean?

 

Day 005, day 006 & 007.

I’m making a list for what stuff I want in Leo’s bedroom. For now, I just have websites/stores. But I can imagine what it’ll look like when I have it all…!

Daniela Gaspar

beautiful dream catcher.

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they now have this little cutie in white. how cute is that?

Somebody Elsa

adorable.

For now, this is just a small list, but I also don’t want to stuff the kid’s bedroom with…stuff. Let’s keep it simple. 

day 005
day 006. it’s been a while, eh?

day 007

Heat waves are terrible. Hope you’re all hanging by a pool or the sea. 

NYC, you’re beautiful.

New York has a certain je ne sais quoi that appeals to me. I felt that even the first time I was there. 

There’s some sort of magic in the air that pulls you towards the hustle and bustle, even if you’re not the kind of person that likes that sort of thing. Maybe it was all those episodes of Sex and the City, Seinfeld or the Ninja Turtles, and so on that give you that funny feeling “oh this feels happy!”, whenever you pass by a certain street, or you see a certain corner of the city. Maybe it’s the smell of overpriced coffee! Or the bagels, or the one dollar pizza… Or maybe it’s just the smell of rotting garbage out on the streets – trust me, it is very unique.

I dunno what it is, but since that day, back in January, when the streets were covered in snow, and the overpriced warm coffee actually felt nice in my hands, I felt like New York City is one of those places were I could be able to live for a while… But only for a little while. 

Here are a few more shots of the streets of NYC with the iPhone. 

The squirrels were a surprise for me. Last time I saw nothing but snow in Central Park, so there were certainly no squirrels around. But these little guys are so nice and nosy! They sure like to have people around. 

You can imagine what people said when we decided to take a one year old across the ocean. Eight hours on a plane, jet-lag, such a big busy city, what the hell were we thinking, right? Well, if there was one thing we promised to ourselves when we found out we were having a baby, was that we were not going to change the way we live our lives (much). And traveling was definitely one of those things. There will definitely come a day when we are traveling as a couple, and she will stay with her grandparents, but that’s a different story. 

She behaved like a champ. No crying in the plane ever, no fits during the whole trip. Actually, I have to say she was the star of our ensemble.  

Nearly everybody who passed by her smiled at her, and we heard more “oh what a cutie!!” than we can count with hour hands. Also, Aaron Paul smiled his most handsome smile at her (and both of us, as if saying “good job!”) while walking around Bleecker Street and Alice Cooper waved her hello, also with a smile on his face. 

We’re fans of Eddie Huang so we paid a visit to his restaurant Baohaus. Besides the delicious baos, the whole place is impregnated with his personality, with little notes here and there, that definitely give a very Huang touch to the whole thing. 

Thank you Baohaus for the tweet with my photo! 

The Brooklyn bridge is something else. It’s an architectural beauty, and it offers a really nice stroll, with views of Brooklyn on one side, and Manhattan on the other, always overviewing the Hudson. Even though it’s crowded with tourists, it’s still a very nice walk, specially because it was the end of the day, with a beautiful setting sun.

This neighborhood will forever be part of our memories of NYC. From here you can see the river and just wander around the park, and it’s incredibly relaxing, specially after you’ve been walking all around the city. It was here that we listened to part of the game between Portugal and France for the Euro cup, after trying to stay at a bar that was just too noisy. After the second half was over we walked to a shopping center close by, where, by chance, we found a restaurant that had the game on. It was here that we saw Portugal’s goal, and it was here that we celebrated (quite by ourselves) Portugal becoming the European champion. People were smiling at us and frowning at us (we were causing a stir) but we did not care: Portugal WON! We called home and were greeted by shouts of pure joy and happiness, and it felt a little bittersweet to be away from home. Brookfield Place will forever be a special place – we should plan to go back and actually have a meal at the restaurant. 

It was a great great great week for us, and I can’t help but have a smile on my face while I’m writing this. 

Expect more photos from the Sony RX1 in a few days time. 

All the photos were edited on the iPhone using RNI Films and VSCO. 

New York City, how do you do?

It’s been a while, eh? I guess this blogging thing takes practice – took me 10 mins to come up with a title for this…then I remembered I could just start writing and choose a title after. Genius.

These last 6 months (6 months?!?!) were a whirlwind of craziness and goodness. I’ve been busy, to say the least. That’s probably why half a year when by just like that.

I guess it’s no use to go over what happened in my life over the past six months – a lot happened.

As soon as I was finished with school, we flew to NYC. This was the trip that I was supposed to have done when I was still pregnant, back in April’15, so I was very excited to finally go to New York with K, and the baby, and check out the city with different colors.

I wasn’t disappointed. New York is quite amazing. I don’t think there’s an accurate description for this city, because it’s in itself so indescribable and unique. There’s so much going on, all the time, so much weirdness and so much commonality and, the best thing, everybody walks with a I-don’t-care attitude (and a latte). One can’t help but belong to that city, or rather, a better word would be, to be absorbed by it. Once you start dwelling through those streets, latte in hand (you have to give in), you can’t help but wonder ‘yep, I could live here for a while’.

On that note, and because I don’t want to bore you right away, here are some photos, taken with the iPhone.

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These were all edited on the iPhone, with RNI Films.

31st of December, 2015. 

Today is the last day of the year 2015. And what a year!

• A year ago I was nearly 5 months pregnant with a barely noticeable belly. 

• I had my 30th birthday as just a girl.

• I couldn’t be more excited to go on a week trip to NYC. 

• Had complications with the pregnancy due to stress, had to stay at home and no NYC trip for me – those were dark times. 

• Got back to work knowing I had to keep my cool and work with boundaries – not easy. 

• Went home 3 weeks earlier to rest due to low baby weight. 

• On June 13th my life changed forever – Baby L was born with enough weight not to stay in the ICU. 

• The next few months were a roller coaster of emotions. 

• In October I ran my first official 10k with Keoshi by my side (or a few minutes ahead). 

• In November I went back to work – it’s hard to go back after being gone nearly 6 months.

• First Christmas with Baby L was wonderful. 

• On Dec. 26th I made back on a plane again, after not traveling for more than a year. 

And now we’re having a wonderful time in Berlin these last days of the year.   

Day 148/365Dec 28, 2015 – sugary breakfast. 

I missed Dunkin’ Donuts. Now I don’t. 

We’ve been strolling around town and enjoying the views, while indulging in some really good food. 

   
    
    
    
   
It’s been getting colder and colder though. 

   
  

Day 149/365Dec 29th, 2015 – beautiful Berlin.

  
    
 
Tacheles has closed. I’m glad we were there the first time we were here. It’s a shame they closed it up. 

  
Last time we were here we found a Japanese ramen place, Cocolo Ramen, that was the real deal, so we tried to go again, it was closed however, for the holidays. But we found another place! Makoto Ramen. The meat wasn’t as tender as it should be but it was still very very nice. 

   
 
And while seeking another good place to eat, we ended up in another Japanese place, surprisingly. When we got in there was a certain Harajuku/Omotesando vibe. Easy going and effortlessly beautiful. And the minute we exchanged a few words with the waiters we knew we were at a Japanese place, the House of Small Wonder (we should’ve noticed that its name is giving it away).

   
Croque Madame.

We ordered three dishes: croque madame for me, that was simply to die for, soboro don, and okinawan taco rice. Delicious. We also had hot apple cider with rum that was marvelous. So good that I’m sure is the cure for many winter ailments.

   

Matcha latte.

  

Okinawan taco rice

  

Day 150/365Dec 30th, 2015 – House of small wonder(s) indeed.
 

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Everything’s delicious there, and we felt we were back in Japan, so it doesn’t get better than that. 

And just like that we reach the end of another year. I wish you all a wonderful New Year’s Eve and and an amazing 2016. 

Much love to you all!