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!

Quick update. 

Currently my belly is adorned with 8 staples and I feel a pang of pain every time I casually pick something out of the floor (which happens a lot with a 7 month old and a dog).  I had my appendix taken out. I was rushed to the hospital on a Monday afternoon, and after ten-ish hours in the emergency room, I had my surgery done. Had to spend a couple of days at the hospital and all that on the week of my 31st birthday – so much for making plans… 

The day I got back from the hospital some idiot bumped into my (stationary!) car…

Today I got the news that my grandfather, on my father’s side, has passed away. He was 95 on the same day I was 31. He didn’t suffer. He just felt tired and slept… 

I remember well one of our lastest conversations.’So when are you getting married?’ he asked me, out of nowhere. ‘I don’t think I’m ever getting married, grandpa. Why?’ I half expected a you’re-living-in-sin kind of speech. ‘Because I want to eat cake!’ he told me, a mischievous smile on his face. I laughed so hard! I told him that I would bring him cake, it didn’t have to be from a wedding, but he insisted that wedding cakes just taste better because ‘everyone is happy’. 

  
Rest in peace, grandpa. 

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.
 

Soboro don

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! 

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* 

A Very Merry Christmas 

And Happy Holidays for everyone out there! 

Don’t have much time to write but I wanted to update the blog and the 365days before going on our first plane ride with Baby L. 

   
Day 136/365Dec 16, 2015 – just because. 

    
Day 137/365Dec 17, 2015 – pizza for lunch at work. 

  
Day 138/365Dec 18, 2015 – assembly. 

  
Day 139/365Dec 19, 2015 – sweets on a Saturday.

    
Day 140/365 Dec 20, 2015 – dinner out with a happy baby. 

Day 141/365Dec 21, 2015 – ups, forgot to take a photo?… 

  

Day 142/365Dec 22, 2015 – dinner at the in-laws. 

 

Day 143/365Dec 23, 2015 – quick drive to Lisbon and back to the hometown.

  

Day 144/365
Dec 24, 2015 – we love pictionary! 

  
Day 145/365Dec 25, 2015 – Merry Christmas! 

Hope you all have a wonderful time these holidays! 

I’ll be around – definitely around Instagram. 

Happy holidays! 

Cold, not cold.

It’s December, right? Even though I don’t like the cold or wear bulky clothes or tons of layers, I really think everything has its place: we should be feeling cold now. It’s 20 degrees Celsius outside. Not normal, and definitely not very Christmas-y. 

I haven’t been feeling the Christmas spirit. It just hasn’t gotten to me just yet. I blame it on this weather. It’s funny how people insist on wearing long coats, fuzzy jumpers and big sweaters…as if that would attract the cold. It doesn’t work! I’ve tried it myself. 

I need proper cold at this time of the year. 

  
Day 133/365Dec 13th, 2015 – Half a year ago I was having a baby. Time passes way too quickly. 

   
Day 134/365 Dec 14th, 2015 – Japanese candy is the best. 

Day 135/365Dec 15th, 2015 – breakfasts are now quick but filling. 

I hope this weird weather goes away. 

Have a great day.

 

Free at last.

I am finally done with all the marking and grading! I missed a couple of days of photos, I don’t even remember why…too busy, I’m assuming. 

Also the dates on the camera are all jumbled up, so I’m not really sure of the dates of some photos. I’m very happy to say I’m now using the Sony RX1 that was K’s – since he is now using the Sony RX1 R II – and I’m loving every minute of it! 

Right now I just need to get back on track with all this. 

   

Day 119/365
Nov 29th, 2015 

   

Day 120/365
Nov 30th, 2015  

   

Day 121/365
Dec 1st, 2015 

   

Day 122/365
Dec 2nd, 2015 

   

Day 123/365
Dec 3rd, 2015 – this was probably meant to be something else. 

Day 124/365Dec 4th, 2015 – no photo! 

 
Day 125/365Dec 5th, 2015 – beautiful views on a beautiful day out. 

  
Day 126/365Dec 6th, 2015 – working late.

  
Day 127/365Dec 7th, 2015 – coffee not coffee.

  
Day 128/365Dec 8th, 2015 – dinner date at Bonsai. We had the best Japanese meal in more than one year. 

Day 129/365Dec 9th, 2015 – no photo. 

  
Day 130/365Dec 10th, 2015 – peek-a-boo! 

And tomorrow is Friday!