segunda-feira, 28 de setembro de 2015

Sunshine On My Shoulders Makes Me Happy

Autumn is here, or at least they say so. Because I can't see it near. 
I'll regret this when February comes but if there's something I appreciate about Portugal is this awesome weather we have around here. 
September is coming to an end and the sun still lights my days strong as always, and warms my skin just like summer. The beach days are still pleasant, tough I haven't been taking much benefit of those, very unfortunately. 
But I sure do my best to be out every minute of the day ;)

I get up early and go to bed late, soaking the sun rays and embracing what's left of its warmess at night. 
Friday night had a dinner at Mafalda's with old friends from my hometown. Fun times we had. Next morning we got up early (had to put all my strenght on this task) and off we went to a Flea Market in the city. Had lunch at my place with some more friends and in the afternoon I headed to a fashion show with Sara downtown. Back home, had some dinner, a quick shower and then and felt asleep like a baby.

Sunday was church day with Sara once again, and after that we caught the train to Belém to grab some dinner at the Street Food Festival, and had a lovely late walk by the river with a full moon watching us. 

Lovely days, for sure. Hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as I did!

sexta-feira, 25 de setembro de 2015

A vida continua sempre...

Life goes on...

And because this week a great change just hit me hard. 
I've been thinking about it a while and I can assure you I am going through one of the happiest times of my life.As if it wasn't good by itself I feel good because I know there isn't a particular reason making me feel this way, so the risk of it fadding away decreases considerably.

A friend is moving. Forever. Good for me because she'll actually live in Lisbon. This past week has been about helping her cleaning, tidying and figuring life out. I guess I am more excited than she is, but the future can only be better. 
Nothing really lasts forever: not happiness, nor sadness, everything changes and for better or for worse, that's good because life would be so boring and predictable if it wasn't that way. 
I look back and I know I've been through hard times, we all had, but life goes on and it all goes away eventually .
Also, an old highschool sweetheart just moved next door and I've been running into him like every-single-day. But once again, life goes on! 

segunda-feira, 21 de setembro de 2015

What Lisbon Taught Me About Friendship

It was mostly when I came to Lisbon that I realised that some friends will definitly stay with me, no matter how distante when may be. And it was then too, when I noticed that no friend is like the other and that is a good thing. That's the best thing, actually. There aren't two people who are exactly the same and that applies to friends as well!
I love my friends. As they say, they don't have to be many, they just gotta be good. And mine are the best!

I guess I can say I have all types of friends. I have the relaxed kind and the chaotic ones, others are always happy and laughing. In between you have the cute ones and those that just don't care about all the pretty and loving stuff. Some I've never seen crying, some are annoyingly polite! But at the end of the day I guess that's what makes us richer and better people, because we love them all in different ways and we learn how to deal with so many different personalities. 

In my first year of college I met Sara and Adriana and soon we became good friends. They too are like no other of my friends, actually I find them quite different from each other! But there sure is something we have in common - we all love this city of ours! And they are my best company to go on new adventures and find new restaurants, and together we've been soaking up all of what this city has to offer! 

S. is the most relaxed one, and she's always up for coffee or anything that involves getting out of the house! I guess this is what I like the most about her. This weekend was no exeception and besides going on a charity marathon - crazy!! - we enjoyed our saturday afternoon in each others' company!

Some photos to prove it right! 

domingo, 13 de setembro de 2015

The Weekend

I'm back to Lisbon! I truly missed this light and the rhythm of this city! It's good to be back! My parents spent the weekend with me, just to make me some company. It is when I realise how much easier and even cooler it is to circulate around the city by car, rather than by the tube or train (or bus, ugh!). 
This monday is my first day back to college. I can't say I've missed it but I guess it's good to be back and learn some more!
A few photos below! 

Hope you had a good one folks! xx

sábado, 12 de setembro de 2015

Life Lately

Oh, life lately... What's there to talk about.
Time is slowing down. No big plans anymore. Some days I head down to the beach, others I just take small walks and try to absorb this city of mine that'll be leaving in a few days. Reading a bit, not as much as I would like and talking with my sister about the future. But loving the present.

terça-feira, 8 de setembro de 2015

B-day at the park!

My sweet friend R. turned 19 last week! She had no plans for that day. I had no plans for that day. And lucky her I woke up super soon and super excited and motivated to do something pretty and loving. And so I did. In that same morning I called a few friends, did a few shopping and organised a little surprise picnic in the park. We brought food, some games, a crown, good mood and most important, the princess! 
I'll remeber this day as one of the coolest, funniest ever. I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard! Two other friends that were at the picnic too ended up having dinner at my place. Before dinner we still had time to go for a walk and to take some pictures in my favourite place - Fontelo - another park that looks more like the woods and its very near from where I live. After that one of these friends gave as a ride - her first ride as a new driver - and we ended up the night in the fair that is taking place in the city, eating candy and riding all the amusements - well, not me, because someone's a little chicken, but it was so much fun to watch them! haha

sábado, 5 de setembro de 2015

Life Lately

I probably shouldn't say this because we all know how this works, but... my inspiration and willingness to take photos have been on their highest levels for so long now. Not that I'm complaining but this is so rare I guess I haven't experienced it before. I know that when spring and summertime come I always tend to take more pictures, very likely because of the colors and lightening, but I always end up loosing the motivation.

Earlier this month, when I went to Alentejo with mom, we stopped in a little ceramic shop where everything is handmade by this lovely lady. An there are such beautiful things it is hard to choose what to bring home with you because you just want everything! I really don't know how to call it, but this is what I brough home and I use them to put my daily jewellery when I go to sleep. 

sexta-feira, 4 de setembro de 2015

In The Kitchen #6

I just found these yumi little guys in my draft box. They were made quite a long ago. It's been so long that today there isn't any left to tell you their story. But I can still remember! Altough that probably not for long so I'll have to bake some more... 
I made them even before I went on vacation with my mom. They were supposed to be our snacks in the morning and in the afternoon during our trip. This was the first time I've made them but I've known these biscuits for a long time now. I remember eating them when I was about 12 and they were called Matrafões at my local bakery. Their shape was bit different though and I just don't feel it's right to call them the same. But their taste... ha, it hasn't changed a thing! Oh sweet memories.

For the recipe, it makes about 50 little ones like those above:

-1 cup of sugar;
- 3 eggs;
- 1/2 cup of olive oil;
- 1 pinch of salt + 1 pinch of baking soda;
- 60 ml of Porto or brandy;
- about 1 kg of plain flour.

First, add the sugar, the eggs and the olive oil. Mix it together and then add all the ingredients left except the flour. Fold them well and start adding the flour in small portions, without leaving the dough too stiff. Ideally, you'll be able to form an "S" shaped biscuit.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180ºC until golden.

quinta-feira, 3 de setembro de 2015

Girl's Dinner

I guess this week has been a quite good one so far! First things first I finally got my driving license!! Then this was the week I got a full check sign in every single thing that was pending on my to-do list - well, except for the part about changing my bycicle's tyre, but let's pretend that's a check too - my dentist appointment is done, I finally found the courage to use contacts and I'm loving every second, both my laptop and iPhone were sent to be checked (once at a time, or I'ld probably have died) and then, to finalise this beautiful week I threw a little party just for the girls for us to say goodbye to summer! I am actually quite a geek when it comes to decorate a room, make some food, organise the room disposition with furniture, arrange some flowers and going shopping! I just get so excited I sometimes wonder if I am going bananas. Mostly because I also like the cleaning part, and I am able to sing and dance from the beginning to the end. Oh well!! ;)