This post is part of a discussion that I often have with friends- is time traveled time wasted, especially in terms of career growth? There are bloggers who make a career out of travel, work remotely on non-travel related jobs, and others yet who are expats as they pursue their chosen career path. I, on the other hand, just kind of went with the flow with no certain direction in mind… Continue reading
Once the center of Portugal’s Age of Discovery and the European slave trade, the beach town of Lagos was more recently named Trip Advisor’s number 1 destination on the rise. Not that I knew that when I went there- more of a fun coincidence. The beaches in Lagos are indeed pretty, but the cliffs are what really take your breath away. Most beaches are fairly narrow, and the cliffs keep some just out of reach of vying eyes. The porous rock of the region is prone to erosion and constantly creates new formations. Continue reading
“Can I have your recipe for that one soup that you lived off of when you wanted to save money to travel.” Ahh yes, that one soup. As glamorous as travel sounds, when you’re paying out of pocket and you’re not independently wealthy, it usually requires some penny pinching. When I lived in Japan and wanted to boost my savings account before jetting off, I would live on this soup*. Eating this for lunch and dinner for a week brought my food budget down to about $20 a week in Tokyo. Continue reading
For me, a multi-cultural upbringing meant that from the time I was in first grade of elementary school, I went to two schools. A local school Monday through Friday, and then Japanese school on Saturdays. Japanese school crammed in a week’s worth of lessons into one day, achieving this by cutting out all the fun classes, such as gym and art and by holding an intensive week during what most people see as summer vacation. Many of my Friday nights were spent in tears as I practiced kanji and finished my homework until my hand went numb. I was out the door by the time Saturday morning cartoons even started. It is for this reason, coupled by my personal tendency to be indifferent toward celebrities and the like, that I fail to understand and appreciate many pop cultural references.
I asked Jane, my friend I was staying with, what she had yet to do since moving to London just a few months prior. “Let’s go to Abbey Lane!” she replied. Continue reading
While at the Lagos Saturday Market, I picked up some cilantro, thinking that pico de gallo would be a good to have on hand at our rented beach house. You know, because you can never have too many snacks.
So I chopped some garlic…
I don’t speak Portuguese (no one is surprised), but I do have enough knowledge of other Romantic languages to get the general gist of what’s going on. One of my friends who I’m traveling with is also Portuguese and interprets often for us. However, interpreting everything is tiring - I would know - and you’re not always with everyone. And that’s how I found myself in the Lagos Saturday Market. Wandering around on my own, on a hunt for some herbs and figs. Continue reading
… but it will still always rain on her birthday.
Yes, today is my birthday, and yes, it’s been raining all morning. It’s a weird kind of birthday tradition that I have with Jupiter (aka Zeus). Seriously. No matter where in the world I am, it will rain on September the 30th. The good news is that I’ve more or less gotten used to it and just compensate for it with a plethora of baked goods. Obviously. Continue reading
Weaksauce, I know, but when your every bite consists of crispy skin in contrast to juicy and flaky flesh, it simply begs you to slow down. It’s worth taking time to truly enjoy how the simple seasonings bring out the flavors of the sardines. They’re sardines like you’ve never tasted before. They throw you into a daydream of swimming in the ocean, of leisurely walking through a fish market and when you snap out of it, you’re laughing over lunch with your friends as the breeze surrounds you with the aroma of freshly grilled fish, which is a daydream come true. Continue reading
Note: I love you too much to tax you with photographs with these horrid little bloodsuckers. I promise all photos in this post will be Entomophobic friendly.
The first night we arrived to our flat in Algarve, I snuggled into bed, comfortable as can be with a perfectly soft yet firm pillow, the covers up to my chin, and the night breeze rolling in with the soft sound of waves crashing up against the cliffs. That last bit, was not worth it.
I can be quite a heavy sleeper and being tired from a long car ride and getting everything we needed for our flat, I was out cold as soon as my head hit the pillow. I woke up in the middle of the night to see that my roommate had closed the windows. And then I woke up again to see that she was gone. As I was pondering the meaning of this (was I snoring like Pegasus in Hercules, talking in my sleep or perhaps having violent spasms?) I heard the high pitched buzzing sound of my arch nemesis- a mosquito. Now I may be from Washington State, but I do not like anything that sucks blood be it a vampire, leeches or mosquitoes.
Hi friends! If you haven’t guessed already from my Facebook, I’m in London right now! I’ve been doing some exploring and craft beer tasting while catching up with friends. We’re heading to the Borough Market today, and then the Jack the Ripper walking tour tomorrow. Next week, I’ll be heading up to the Lake District and the surrounding area, a highlight of which will be reuniting with the hilarious Waegook Tom. I am so excited to see my friends and the sights, and to have some relaxing time in drizzly London before the more travel-intense portion of my trip - Portugal and Milan to meet the lovely Edna IRL.
I was soaked through after a day of walking in increasingly strong rain, but the Seattlelite in me is not about to let a little rain cramp my style
And now I need to know…
What are some of your favorite things to do in London?
I’d love to hear any travel stories you have from London or England!
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