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.

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.

 

Saturday outside. 

As much as I want to just stay at home and sleep, the weather here has been too nice not to get out and enjoy some sun. 

  
Day 131/365Dec 11th, 2015 – my work companions on my desk. 

We started off with some really delicious blueberry pancakes. We then went out and enjoyed the sun while it lasted, and went to the Museu da Electricidade (Electricity Museum) afterwards.

 

Day 132/365 Dec. 12th, 2015 – yummy tummy yummy.   
    
    
 Baby L really enjoyed it as well! 

Have a great weekend.