An elegant dress code to impress Mr. COVID, a blue lagoon and a glass of rum under the stars – Glamping in Alentejo

2021 started, not with unrealistic resolutions this time, but with COVID still haunting humanity! Needless to say, it was the first NYE in about 12 years that I spent at home with my family and absolutely no friends. We all dressed up elegantly and threw an ultra-private “New Yorker jet set cocktail party”-style event to … Continue reading An elegant dress code to impress Mr. COVID, a blue lagoon and a glass of rum under the stars – Glamping in Alentejo

Meet Vincent Van Gogh – a delicate symbiosis of art and mental health

Sunflowers. Starry nights. A small empty bedroom. All this painted in oil, brushstroke after brushstroke, until a thick layer of bright colours protrudes from the canvas, right into any observer’s mind, where it probably sticks forever. This is Van Gogh’s unique post-impressionist style of painting, where you see represented, not just reality, but how he … Continue reading Meet Vincent Van Gogh – a delicate symbiosis of art and mental health

Hungry bushfires in a steaming hot country, an anti-princess in a palace and a stressful morning at the spa – Vidago and Chaves in review

Bushfires are Portugal’s biggest seasonal concern, as each passing year a bit more of our country’s green lungs is reduced to ashes by the end of Summer. This year was no exception: dark smoke took up the blue sky over particular regions spread throughout the country. On my way to Vidago, as I was passing … Continue reading Hungry bushfires in a steaming hot country, an anti-princess in a palace and a stressful morning at the spa – Vidago and Chaves in review

Post-quarantine rants, rocky caves, golden cliffs and turquoise sea waters – Algarve in review

This year has been unique. A pandemic virus took over the world like we had never seen before in our lifetime. Borders were closed, streets became empty overnight, schools were shut down, offices were not able to retain even the most workaholic employee at his desk. All of a sudden, and thanks to technology, work … Continue reading Post-quarantine rants, rocky caves, golden cliffs and turquoise sea waters – Algarve in review

26 places that changed my life – part 2

If you missed the first 13, go check them out first at https://theworldthroughmyopiceyes.com/2020/03/16/26-places-that-changed-my-life-part-1/ 14. Amazon Rainforest, South America I remember this guy on the TV show “Who wants to be a millionaire?”, when asked what he was going to do with the money if he won the final prize, promptly replying “I would run in … Continue reading 26 places that changed my life – part 2

26 places that changed my life – part 1

Now that I have completed my 26th turn around the sun, I decided to make a list of the 26 places that, one way or another, helped me to become the woman I am today. 1. Santorini, Greece If I could take a screenshot of the most beautiful vignette that has ever presented before my … Continue reading 26 places that changed my life – part 1

Tbilisi, the city that loves you – Georgia in review

During one of those brainless moments of endless facebook feed scrolling we all have nowadays, I came across an interesting article. The title was suggestive: “Guinness World Records - Oldest wine was made in Georgia”. As a fan of curiosities that add absolutely nothing to my life, but in turn take property of some memory … Continue reading Tbilisi, the city that loves you – Georgia in review

An aristocratic name, a Dutch great uncle and an erotic city – Amsterdam in review

“Caetana... is such a weird and uncommon name... Do you like it or do you have a nickname we can call you?” My name is not common. I can’t keep count on how many times people commented on this fact, trying to hide the disgusted look in their eyes. I get it, it is a … Continue reading An aristocratic name, a Dutch great uncle and an erotic city – Amsterdam in review

Techno, Drugs, Drags, Churches, Monuments and Street art – a Berliner Medley

My bookshelf is overpacked. Every new book I buy represents the challenge of making it fit among the others, a nearly impossible mission. And here I am, wishing I had played more Tetris when I was younger, trying to squeeze in another book on the shelf. This shelf is very special to me, as it … Continue reading Techno, Drugs, Drags, Churches, Monuments and Street art – a Berliner Medley

A turkish coffee and 11 hours of sleep deprivation – Turkey in review

“A misbahah, known in Turkey as tespih, is a string of wooden or plastic beads used by Muslims to keep track of their prayers.” After a brief online search, I finally get the meaning of this beautiful string of purple beads that I brought from Istanbul. Turns out it is not just a nice necklace, … Continue reading A turkish coffee and 11 hours of sleep deprivation – Turkey in review