Holiday break for two

Back in August K and me had the chance of going out of town for a few days, just the two of us. After a few indecisions on where should we go, we ended up going to Sevilla — where we had been back in February — but we couldn’t have had a better time.

That trip can be summarised in just a few key words: beer, jamón serrano, cocktails, pool, walking, wine, tapas.

Yeah… those were really nice days.

NYC through the lens (part 2)

So tired. I might not make sense.

With K away for work, and school work weighing over me — first term is just so terrible — I feel like I need holidays tomorrow, for a month. Anyway…

It’s always nice to go through old photos and reminisce. These were such lovely days…

Let’s go back.
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Hope you guys like it.

Have a great Saturday!

NYC from the lens.

I’ve been around here for a while now, and it’s amazing the amount of people who come and go from this world. Then there are the ones who stay and we still keep contact, and the ones who go and never come back, and the ones who go and come back after a while. That’s the case with this girl. I’ve been in love with her photos for such a loooooong time, and her blog was one of the first I really started following.

I’ve been following her for so so so long that I don’t even know for how long, but she’s amazing. She’s the kind of girl who, despite all struggles, always has a smile on her face. If that alone wasn’t enough, she takes awesome photos. I’ve been in love with her photos for such a long time now. I love her candid style and how she manages to capture so many emotions in every pic. She’s one of the young photographers/bloggers out there who really inspires me. She inspires me to smile everyday and to live life to the fullest, while taking photos. She’s amazing. She has moved to Copenhagen with her husband and pug, and her new blog is precisely about that. CPHbound is her new place. I found out she moved to Copenhagen not long ago, and got a little sad, because we were booked for a trip to Copenhagen this summer, but opted for New York instead. Oh well… One day.

Make sure you take a look at her blog, even if you have to use the translation feature.

Also here are some pics from NYC.

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Have a great day!

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.

We meet again. 

The plane ride with a baby wasn’t 100% perfect but I’d  say 70% was good enough. It was wonderful to be able to fly again and get out of the country. 

Our destination: Berlin. This is our third time here and we still love it as much as before. 

And if today was any indication of the next days, then we’re going to have a wonderful time. 

  
Day 146/365Dec 26th, 2015 – great views. 

 We spent the day strolling around: Mauerpark and Alexander platz with its Christmas’ market were our main stops. 

  

  

  

   
    

   

  

  

   

    
    
    
    
    
Day 147/365Dec 27, 2015 – new Nikes, K’s Christmas’present: I love them sooooooooo much! 

   
   
Great day. 

Have a great one too! 

*this post was supposed to be posted yesterday, but my battery died and I just couldn’t muster the strength to get out of bed and charge the phone, I apologise* 

Day 14/365

Pause for coffee while the baby naps. 

Actually what I was drinking is not really coffee. Ever since j found out I was pregnant, I stopped drinking coffee. Not that it’s not allowed! People think/say that you cannot have a cup of coffee daily because it makes the baby much more agitated.  Actually the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee is not nearly enough to do any damage. 

I, however, drank crazy amounts of coffee daily, so I decided to go cold turkey and not drink it. 

Now that I’m not pregnant people say coffee tends to make babies sleepless. I know from a number of articles that what goes through your brastmilk is an infinitesimal amount… But better safe than sorry. 

  
So sleepy at the moment. I surely could wear a x

The peninsula.

Over the weekend we went on a small getaway to Tróia. It was quite wonderful to relax over by the pool and specially to walk around in the white sand beach, that are still empty from the usual summer tourists.

aaah some fresh water.
aaah…!

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Definitely a well spent weekend.

Also, thank you to Sequencia de Imagens for featuring the blog on the side bar! Sequencia de Imagens is an awesome Portuguese blog that features, among other things, good music and fashion bits. It’s one of those blogs that is always on my to-read list at the end of the week. Visit Sequencia de Imagens here, here and here. And THANK YOU! ^_^ Much appreciated!

Have a great day!