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

Let the dogs out, please.

Home is definitely not the place I’d rather be right now. Something about these walls around me is starting to seriously annoy me. Is it the colour, the height, the same pictures hanging lifelessly through eternity? I can’t really tell. After two months under house arrest, life before this pandemic sounds utopian. Restaurants? Dinner parties? … Continue reading Let the dogs out, please.

Quarantine diaries – the first three weeks

Week 1 “Everyone is overreacting... Sure, I will stay at home a few days until it all calms down.” Important remarks: State of Emergency declared in Portugal. Updates from the faculty: all state exams are postponed indefinitely. Weather forecast: the sun is shinning outside. Warm days and cold nights. Mood: in denial. Quite positive. Heart … Continue reading Quarantine diaries – the first three weeks

A virus outbreak, a nightclub on fire and a scary cable car ride – Hong Kong & Macao in review

China is all over the news. Unfortunately, not for a good reason. As this respiratory virus crosses borders and frightens health authorities, I can’t help but remember my month there. I visited both its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao, along with several continental chinese cities and villages. All by train. It was such … Continue reading A virus outbreak, a nightclub on fire and a scary cable car ride – Hong Kong & Macao in review