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

Maybe I don’t know what love is (Valentine’s day)

(To my parents) Maybe I don’t know what love is Because I never let the skyscrapers frame my feelings Maybe I don’t know what love is Because I never dared to scribble my name all over someone’s notebook Maybe I don’t know what love is Because I never sat at the same table every Saturday … Continue reading Maybe I don’t know what love is (Valentine’s day)

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

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

Mint tea, a not-so-french bestie and getting naked in an exotic spa- Morocco in review

Back from the eye doctor I don’t bring good news. My eye is under pressure, and all sorts of head movements or strong emotions must be avoided for the next couple of weeks in order to prevent more retinal damage. In other words, I was prescribed physical rest, meditation and a box of mud-tasting pills … Continue reading Mint tea, a not-so-french bestie and getting naked in an exotic spa- Morocco 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

Stumbling on Hindu Temples and Buddhist Stupas – Nepal in review

Now that I am moving back home, my father decided to renovate the house. According to him, I deserve a whole new private bathroom and a new closet. Like all house renovations, the expected result sounds awesome, but the process is unbearable. Not only it is taking a lot longer than we predicted, but also … Continue reading Stumbling on Hindu Temples and Buddhist Stupas – Nepal in review