6 ON 6 :: PROJECTO FOTOGRÁFICO 2016



Os meus objectivos para o ano 2016 ainda não foram publicamente revelados mas como sou bacana e sei que estão a morrer de curiosidade *cof cof* hoje vou desvendar um deles.
Há uns oito anos que tenho uma daquelas câmaras DSLR todas xpto que os fotógrafos profissionais têm, mas vergonha das vergonhas nunca peguei em mim e li o manual de utilização ou passei uma tarde no amigo youtube a ver vídeos uns atrás dos outros para saber mais sobre o fantástico Mundo desconhecido destas câmaras com menus tão extensos e confusos.

QUINTA DA REGALEIRA EM SINTRA



Estou a morar há menos de dois meses em Lisboa e se calhar até já visitei mais lugares do que os próprios habitantes desde sempre desta grande cidade. 
Admito que o primeiro mês foi de pura adaptação, desde 2011 que não tinha uma casa, vivia no Mundo, numa tenda de campismo, num hostel, na casa dum amigo ou até numa rede entre duas palmeiras. Cheguei a dormir em estações de comboios e autocarros e até em bombas de gasolina. Foi toda uma fase da minha vida de pura exploração do nosso planeta com pouco dinheiro e exploração de mim mesma, dos meus limites, da minha paciência. 

Neste segundo mês já estou apta para correr essa Lisboa fora, de pegar nos meus ténis da montanha e na mochila e partir. Só que estou tão habituada a viajar com o Bruno que quando vou sozinha não tem tanta piada.

MOVIMENTO "VIVE A TUA BELEZA"


Hoje tive o prazer de assitir à apresentação do projecto (ou movimento, como prefiro chamar) Vive a Tua Beleza. 

Tinha ouvido falar deste projecto há cerca de três semanas, quando iniciou, através do instagram da Sara Cabido, Sara Meess e da Helena, três das oito bloggers embaixadoras do #viveatuabeleza. Fiquei tão entusiasmada que corri para o site para saber mais. Deparei-me com oito histórias contadas por oito mulheres que lutam pela sua felicidade, embora todos os precalços da vida que estão a viver ou que tenham vivido. 

A sociedade, por sua vez, parece que, muitas vezes, não está preparada para situações consideradas "anormais" e, geralmente, lida de forma desumana e ignorante. Porquê julgar o outro quando nem sequer temos conhecimento do que realmente se está a passar? 

WISHLIST NATALICIA 2015

Estou a estrear-me nisto das wishlists! Neste caso vai ajudar aqueles amigos e familiares que não sabem bem o que me oferecer no Natal.
Na verdade não sou esquisita, só que por vezes oferecem-me presentes que não preciso e é assim que a tralha acumula. Se for um presente feito à mão pela pessoa que ofereceu ou comprado a um(a) artesã(o) é sempre valorizado pois naquela peça estão investidos: tempo, energia, dedicação e amor. 

Vamos então a essa lista interminavel? :)

VIAJAR SOZINHA NA ÍNDIA

This was a phase in my life I decided to leave my well paid Social Worker job in Portugal to finally meet the incredible India. Of course everyone around me though I was crazy: a good job, a house, a car and I was just quiting. In fact, I was escaping from the old same routine.

Even thought some of you still think I'm crazy to travel by myself in Asia, I think that people who never experienced that before should do it, I had the time of my life!

First of all you are never alone. I guess people are more sensible when see people alone so they come to talk with you often and the same way around. I remember the first time I enter a indian kinda restaurant and sit down in the same table as an indian family. They talked with me very curious about my culture and gave me tons of food to try, all the different curries and how to eat rice with your hands (this was lot of fun, it's not so easy as it seems, you gotta make rice balls otherwise there will be rice all over you!!).

GUIA DE VIAGEM NO PANAMÁ

This is my last post about tips in Central America, if you wish to check all the countries I posted about, just click on the Label "Central america" on the right side of the blog page, you will find all information. Oh! And today, although the weather looks grey we will attend a Festival in South Spain called Transition... Coming back on Monday with pictures of the festival ;)

Now, about Panama. You have to be careful with the police here, we know few stories that kinda shocked me. A guy from Venezuela went to Panama one month to sell his beautiful macrame and lether art to save money for his family. One afternoon the police came and put all the 10 crafters, including him on jail, they had to pay a 1000 dolars fee and get out the country. But this is not it. The police took all the handmade products from them... I mean macrame, do you know how long does it take to finish one single necklace?? It can take days :( This is very sad.

FESTIVAL BUNDI NA ÍNDIA


After the crazy Camel Fair in Pushkar (Rasjasthan, India) Will and I decided to visit Bundi, what a great idea right before the indian Wedding in Jaipur. Besides Bundi being a small village surrounded by wonderful nature and friendly locals, the last day we were there was the beggining of the Bundi Festival! How lucky! Not really lucky... the truth is: there's always a party or a festival going on anywhere you go in India, don't forget they have thousands of Gods and Godnesses so they have thousands reasons to celebrate.

FEIRA DE PUSHKAR NA ÍNDIA


Today I bring you a bit more of Indian Culture but this time thru the eyes of Sashin Kaushik. This amateur photographer from Jaipur (India) quit his engineering course to follow his dream of being a photographer. 
I support arts and talented beings who had the guts to fight against what society wants you to be, to live an happy life being yourself and doing what you really want. 

Sashin is the author of all photography and text that is coming. I was present in Pushkar Fair 2011 and I highly recommend this event! This is also a glimpse into indian lifestyle, rituals and culture. Enjoy :)

SER VEGETARIANA OU NÃO, EIS A QUESTÃO


Desde há muito tempo que ando a debater-me com esta questão. Nunca fui amiga de carne, sendo o meu pai pescador e vivendo mesmo ali pertinho do mar, a minha alimentação era 70% à base de peixe. Quando era miuda ainda comia figado até saber donde realmente aquilo vinha. Comi vaca duas vezes na vida, frango ou galinha só mesmo no churrasco, bifes de perú bem fininhos e a carne de porco, aquela que devemos comer em menos proporção, era a que comia mais. 

Quando entrei para a universidade em 2003 foi a reviravolta: tinha uma colega de turma de Lisboa que era vegetariana, nesta altura, pelos Algarves, não se ouvia falar muito neste tema. Ela mostrou-me um Mundo Novo onde os legumes eram cozinhados de uma forma deliciosa e introduziu-me a alimentos como tofu, seitan e soja. Neste sentido, comecei a ficar vidrada no vegetarianismo... até mesmo obsecada. Todos os dias lia sobre o assunto e aos fins de semana via documentários e filmes sobre a exploração animal, de onde vinham os animais que comiamos, o despedicio de lixo que fazemos e, claro, sobre o mal que estamos a causar à Terra. 

JAMAIS TE ESQUECEREI


Querido Ricky,

Chegaste à familia ainda eras uma miniatura de Ser. Rapidamente meteram-te o cachecol do Benfica e nem tiveste hipotese de escolher o teu clube preferido. Também, que importância tinha para ti? Desde que a tua familia estivesse feliz, estavas feliz. A nossa felicidade era a tua, mesmo que tivesses que fazer coisas que não gostavas. 

Quando voltei de quatro meses de viagem ficaste zangado comigo mas só demorou cinco minutos até te jogares a mim e lamberes dos pés à cabeça. Rapidamente compreendeste que era viajante e começaste a lidar bem com a minha ausência. Quando voltava já nem estranhavas e davas os habituais saltos de alegria e as mil e uma lambidelas. Tinhas aquele hábito estranho de espriguiçar-te em cima de mim. 

A ÍNDIA ROUBOU-ME O CORAÇÃO

Invite me to go to India and I will go with you! I could go to India twice a year, no problem :) When I was a kid, me and mom used to spend Saturday noon and evening watching Bollywood movies, sometimes 3 in a raw. Once a lady told me I was indian in another life, I had a suffering and tough life with an arragement wedding. I don't really know from where came this passion for India but it's something surreal, magic and cosmic.


Today I decided to show you five places in India I heart and hopefully will come back soon.

Goa :: This picture represents pretty well what is Goa: Green everywhere. Also beaches with cows :) Some people don't know but Goa is not a city but a state. And no, you won't listen portuguese in the streets but you'll find churches and coffee shops with portuguese names.

OS MEUS ÚLTIMOS MOMENTOS NA VIAGEM À AMÉRICA DO SUL


Hello beautiful people!
I feel like the worst blogger in the World, being silence for so long, when I have so much to tell you and amazing travel pictures to share. No excuses but I really wanted to enjoy the very last weeks of my South America trip, so yeah, I'm back in Portugal after 6 months backpacking the Americas. Also I don't have a computer so I couldn't type anything during long bus trips to copy/paste into a blog post.

A AGENDA MR. WONDERFUL É O AMOR


É com toda a alegria que vos apresento a Mr. Wonderful! Se me seguem no outro blog já devem ter percebido que não sou pessoa de andar a divulgar marcas no blog. Aliás, no geral, não sou pessoa de marcas mas tenho de admitir que tenho as minhas preferências para calçado que é só a coisa mais importante no nosso bem-estar (digo eu, menina que vai percorrer as montanhas de lés a lés e que anda a pé mais de 30 kms numa tarde *exagero*)

OPINIÃO DO LIVRO: ATÉ ONDE VAIS COM 1000€?


Num desses dias de Verão deu-me na cabeça ler um livro qualquer de viagens mas não me apetecia gastar dinheiro então rumei à Biblioteca Municipal na esperança de encontrar algures naqueles corredores repletos de livros algo que me chamasse a atenção.

Foi como se já estivesse escrito: cheguei, pus os olhos nas capas laterais dos livros até que li "Até onde vais com 1000€". Fiquei assustada com o tamanho astronómico do livro, engoli em seco mas fui directamente à parte de trás ler o resumo. Fiquei abismada como nunca tive conhecimento deste livro ou até mesmo do blog, com o mesmo nome, escrito por Jorge Vassallo e Carlos Carneiro. Estes meninos, por outro lado, não me eram estranhos e lembrei-me subitamente que eram líderes de viagens da Nomad. Sem qualquer pensamento extra não voltei a pôr o livro na estante e trouxe debaixo do braço. Não me dei ao trabalho de tentar encontrar um livro mais pequeno ou que achasse mais interessante pois teria de devolver à biblioteca dali a um mês e este livrinho meus amigos, já dava pano pra mangas.

UM MÊS SEM INTERNET E A MINHA SANIDADE MENTAL

Desde os tempos de mIRC (em que o modem fazia a casa estremecer com o barulho infernal, demorando cerca de 10 minutos até que a internet ficasse pronta a utilizar) que não me lembro de ter ficado tanto tempo offline. Já lá vão mais de 15 anos e acreditem que estive em países como India ou Nepal que muita gente ainda se interroga se haverá net. (Para os curiosos: Sim, a internet já lá chegou)

Admito que sou uma viciadona na internet:
>> É a forma mais eficaz de falar com amigos no Mundo inteiro (Skype I love you);
>> Já nem vou ao youtube a não ser para aprender a fazer alguma coisa pois já sei que vou passar no mínimo 6 horas seguidas a clicar de video em video;

CIDADES DO ECUADOR: QUITO



In our travel plans (which are always changing a bit here and a bit there) we didn’t expect to travel one month and an half in Colombia, since we only had 4 months in South America. The truth is Colombia is huge and once we started traveling to the North we had no way back so we traveled in a circle and visited pretty much all the most important and beautiful places in Colombia.

After visiting the Zona Cafetera (Coffee area) we decided to hitch hike to the very South of Colombia and get a bus in the border directly to Quito, Ecuador’s capital. It wasn’t easy, we had to get a bus since no one gave us a ride. We waited a long time for rides. But the 3 rides we got were super good: to get out of Tolu we joined a family in a seven seat van that were going to pick up their daughter in the airport, they were super opened mind and the other daughter knows a lot of the area so she was our guide of this trip, letting us know about what were those plantations about, the buildings history, etc.

SOU UMA SOBREVIVENTE DA ESTRADA DA MORTE!



I'm not sure if you have heard about the Most Dangerous Road in the World. This sounds silly because how do you know is the most dangerous? Are there many accidents? Did a lot of people died there? To be honest, so far, I never seen more dangerous roads then Nepal's. The kind of road that is so tiny that you wonder how is it possible 2 cars passing thru at the same time? Or the ones with many deep holes. Or worse, that ones you look thru the window and you think "We are going to fall anytime" Then you close your eyes, you take 3 deep breathes and start thinking about something else. It's an adventure riding buses in Nepal my friends, but so worth it!

MERHABA ISTANBUL


This trip to Istanbul wasn't planned at all but we learned macrame, basically is the art of knots :) We found out the string to make macrame was quite cheap in Istanbul, we looked at the map and found out it was only 5 hours away!! I been in Istanbul for one day, but like the turkish people tell me: one day in Istanbul, you never been in Istanbul. True. There are almost 20 million inhabitants here so think of the giant size of this place...

CARTAGENA E AS CASAS COLONIAIS

Did you ever arrive a new place that you couldn't stop taking pictures? The last time I felt this way was 6 years ago when I visited New york City for the first time (I lived in Maine and was only a 7 hours drive to NYC so been there several times). I just couldn't stop myself, those high buildings with historical architecture, the movement in the streets, I was completly fascinated!

Cartagena was the same. Although is a less busy city, the colonial style houses got me quickly, the pastel and vivid colors mixed with whites and wood, I was in photography heaven.

There is another Cartagena in Spain but I heard is not as wonderful as Cartagena de Indias of Colombia. This Cartagena I'm sharing pictures with you is a city with soul, with color, with identity.
I always try to run away from super touristic spots but there are some magical places in Earth you cannot avoid and this is a good example.

Cartagena de Indias is reconized by UNESCO as a World Heritage City and considered the fourth Wonder of Colombia. All the streets, houses and balconies with republican and baroque architecture makes you go back to Colonial times and that's exactly what I love about visiting a new city: the History behind it.

GUIA DE VIAGEM EM HONDURAS


Sadly we only spent 4 days in Honduras, due to the rain all the time. When you are travelling is fine 1 or 2 days of straight rain because you can take care of yourself: clip nails, read a book or just rest and do nothing. But when it extends for 3 days is another story. So after 4 days we decided to leave to Nicaragua and be happy again :)

But we had great moments in Honduras: a ride we got from the National Director of Pizza Hut and Staying 2 nights in the "guetto" haha these stories are for later, since this post is to give you some lights of what you can do in this country.

Honduras is not so touristic and I guess there are 2 main things to do there: Visit the Mayan ruins in Coban and Heading to Utila Island to dive (it's cheap and they make this 1 week course with accomodation included). But we only been in Tela and La Ceiba which have nothing really special... only the caribean sea (not really amazing) and exploring the Parques (hiking in the mountains)

The currency is Lempira and you pay $US3 to enter and to leave the country.

GUIA DE VIAGEM NA NICARÁGUA


Uhhh so much to tell you about this country, there's a lot of diversity: Islands, Mountains, Ocean and Cities. The currency is Cordoba but US dolars are used a lot as well. We denied from the beggining using dolars in Central America because it wasn't USA so we didn't see any point. We like to use the currency of the country and collect the coins and bills :) To enter Nicaragua you pay $US12 and to leave $US2.

RAINBOW SERPENT FESTIVAL [AUSTRÁLIA] OU QUANDO OS TEUS SONHOS SE TORNAM REALIDADE


*DREAM BIG, REACH THE STARS* I support any big or small dreams. Dreams keep us with faith in life, appeal to your imagination and creativity, some dreams change, some not but if you really believe and really want to, they will become true.

I'm grateful for this life but oh man! Why born during the Winter time when you live close to the beach? My birthday parties were always indoors, with lotsa food, candy, sodas and a princess cake and a bunch of friends and cousins playing all around the house. But cold and rainy. My childhood best friend's bday was on August, usually a pool party and it was so much fun!!

I grew up dreaming of a warm birthday party but never thought that it's winter in Portugal but in many others corners of the Planet is Summer. In 2011 I decided to leave my social worker job to grab a backpack and travel Asia alone. When my australian family knew about it they asked me to come to Australia but I need some sort of motivation and it came to me from the sky: My cousin told me about Rainbow Serpent Festival and the last day was my birthday!! And the best? She would pay the 250 dollars festival ticket as a birthday gift!!! Do I have the best family in the World? Yes I do :)

GUIA DE VIAGEM NA COSTA RICA

I'm so sorry we had to rush in this amazing country, where you find untouchable Nature pretty much anywhere! In the other hand is so expensive, they say that Costa Rica is the Switzerland of America so you can imagine the prices over there. Plus, when you are backpacking for months and months in a tight budget you have to skip places like this... But, one day I will come back with 2000€ on me hehe

We only spent 5 days or so in this country so I cannot help too much. Basic Info: You don't pay anything to get in or get out the country. The currency is Colon but US dolars are very used as well.

We arrived in Liberia and we found really cool beaches around. Then we head to San Jose and felt that it's hard for a backpacker with low budget to survive in this capital: you pay around $US12 per dorm, it's forbidden to sleep in the street, the bus stations close at night, $3 for a burger and so on. San Jose is just a big city.

LISTA DOS (46) PAÍSES QUE JÁ VISITEI

Não, não quero que pareça que estou para aqui a gabar-me de todos os países em que já viajei e que sou uma viajante com V maiúsculo e tal, não é mesmo esse o propósito desta publicação. 
Queria ter uma lista visual dos países que já visitei, ter uma ideia dos que ainda me faltam. Posso dizer que estou quase a atingir um quarto dos países do Planeta Terra e que quanto mais viajo mais o Mundo me parece pequeno. Sim, tenho esta ideia utópica ou então não de viajar em todos os cerca de 200 países do Mundo.

Então aqui vai, por ordem alfabética:

FUI A UM CASAMENTO AMERICANO

It was a lovely Sunday, blue sky, birds singing and everyone busy in the house getting ready for the big day! Such a pleasure to meet up a wonderful family of 4 sons (including Paul) and 1 daughter plus 2 daughters in law. The father Carlos is from El Salvador and the mother Wendy the most adorable lady. We were ready !

QUATRO EXPERIÊNCIAS DE VOLUNTURISMO NA COSTA RICA

By Lonely Planet Costa Rica Travel Guide

If you feel like going to a warm country not only for tourism but also to make the difference, these are good options, according with your interests/tastes. Click to acess to the website and get more information. (I cannot waranty that all websites are updated)

Puerto Viejo, the rastafari and surf Village

TRABALHAR NA QUINTA - WWOFFING


For a long time I wanted to get knowledge about gardening and animals. When Jess and Paul told us, one year ago back in Mexico, there was a lot of Farm Work in their area (North California) I didn't think twice, because this is the time that it becomes almost impossible to find a job in Portugal. Jess and Paul Wedding plus working in a farm plus visiting California equals YES PLEASE.

GUIA DE VIAGEM NA GUATEMALA


I feel so excited to tell you about this country. Everytime I go back to Portugal I think about my favourite country in the trip because I know that it's gonna be the main question. Not that I like it, all countries I've been are special, always stories to tell. This Central America journey I decided that Guatemala was my fave... 50% of the population is still maya, the landscape is magical and the smiles are constant!

To enter Guatemala you pay Q20 (Quetzal is the currency in this country; discover yourself what is a quetzal) and main language is spanish but watch out!! there're a lot of people (esp. in small villages) who speaks mayan. So if you ask something to someone who doesn't answer, maybe that person doesn't speak spanish.

HISTÓRIAS MEMORÁVEIS À BOLEIA | ÚLTIMO DIA NA GUATEMALA


After a great time in Semuc Champey (Guatemala) we decided to head to Honduras instead of travelling to North Guatemala and visit Tikal. I know, I know Tikal is a MUST GO in Guatemala but we already been in 4 different Mayan Historic Ruins Parks and going to the North was out of route, so we tought "Spending more Money and time to see ruins again??!!" Let's go to Honduras!!

We only had 10€ and we made this crazy decision of not withdraw more money from the ATM, this means that we had to reach Honduras with 10€ both, we need to eat, we need to get there but how? Survival mode here we go!

HIKING NO MT. KENOCTI


Heya yooo my friends!
Did I tell you how much I'm enjoying to stay in North California? It's not that is this beautiful part of USA only, there's some magic in the air. The life style is so peaceful, no one complains about the system, the crisis, the government, everybody helps eachother either with material stuff or trading the veggies and fruits from their farm. The fauna is different, we had seen squirls and deers nearby the houses or just on the mountains when we go for a hike. Hopefully one day I can pet a deer, they like to run away from us.
I wish we had a car though, it would be so easier to move... To go a-n-y-w-h-e-r-e you need to drive, everything is far.

GUIA DE VIAGEM NO MÉXICO



Today I will share the places I've been in Mexico. These tips are from a low budget backpacker who considers herself as a traveller, not a tourist (if you didn't notice Iam talking about myself lol). Also very important: don't follow only my advices, go with the flow!! The people we meet along the way can become friends for a life time and travelling is not about the miles you make...

Mexico currency is Peso ($) and helps a lot if you know basic spanish.

I guess you don't pay anything to get in the country but you need a 6 months valid passport to enter. They also ask for a return flight, we didn't have one and said we were backpacking in Central and don't know when going back to Portugal. They accepted the answer. You pay $295 to get out the country but many times is included in the flight ticket, check it out.

REDWOODS | OS PINHEIROS GIGANTES NA CALIFÓRNIA

I couldn't wait to post about yesterday and our adventorous Road Trip to the RedWoods.

RedWoods are basically one of the most amazing things I ever seen with my eyes. It's an area in North California where you find giant pine trees, but when I say giant I'm not even being fair! They can grow more then 360 feet tall (or about 110 metres) and have trunks up to 24 feet (7 metres) near the ground. Can live more then 2000 years and I believe there are many from the Dinosaurs Era!!! Can you imagine how ancient this special trees can be? I hugged around 100 of them, but probably you'll need around 15 people to hold the whole tree :)

ROAD TRIP NA ROUTE 1 (CALIFORNIA)

Seriously? This was the best way to say "See you California". One of the best trips ever. If you ever come to San Francisco, San Diego or Los Angeles make sure you allow yourself to go at least to Big Sur. Highway 1 is not just a highway, it's THE highway. From Cambria until Monterey you drive along the Pacific Coast with extraordinary landscape. You make a bunch of stops along the way: to take pictures, to watch the beauty, to close your eyes and listen the waves and smell the ocean, to visit elephant seals in wildlife, to explore National Parks and on and on and on. WARNING: GET READY FOR A BUNCH OF OCEAN PICS!!

SAN FRANCISCO: ALCATRAZ + HAIGHT ASHBURY

I left San Francisco with the feeling I could easily spend 2 more weeks there. I missed many places (Golden Gate Park, Museum of Modern Art, Asian Art Museum and on) I would love to visit but I rather choose quality time then quantity.

Jenn and Bruno wanted to go very hard to Alcatraz - served before the army as fortress and military prison; and later the Department of Justice as a maximum-security federal penitentiary - I had no idea what was that but in the end, it was one of the best touristic spots I ever been.

First we got a cable car (old school cars used hundred years ago in the city to go up the hills/$6) to the Fisherman's Wharp and find the Pier 33, where Alcatraz is situated. You pay $30 (first thought: WHAT???? Last thought: VERY WORTH IT!!!) ticket that includes: boat trip to Alcatraz (it's an island), admission to the island, remain buildings and visit to the cells (in good conditions), audio tour free very interesting with testimonials from inmates, correctional officers and residents as they reminisce about life on Alcatraz (available in the cellhouse).

FORT BRAGG | OCEANO PACIFICO


Hello! Hola! Olá! I've been a month in California and no photos of my travels for you yet. I've been mostly in the country side working as housekeeping and gardening so I don't have excellent pictures that deserve a blog post.

Since we don't have any more work and about 3 more weeks until our flight we decided to explore the area we are right now. We started with the weekend in Fort Bragg, a pretty colorful little town in the coast of North California.

It's windy out there but just the feeling of smelling and watching the ocean, I didn't care for being cold or not. If you are around for a while you know I born and grew up in the ocean so I miss it a lot when I don't get to see it for few days. I definitly need to buy a house in front of the beach! :)

O BAIRRO VICTORIANO E ALTERNATIVO DE SÃO FRANCISCO | HAIGHT AHSBURY

Guys, I owe you ten thousand posts about San Francisco! I've been trying my best to write down all the interesting things you should visit in this awesome city I love more and more. But the truth is that I go with the flow and totally forget about internet and my blog stays a bit behind... here Iam! 

After spending more then a month working and visiting my friends/american heart family, we finally decided to rent a car and explore South of California. Guess what? We couldn't rent a car because we do not have a Visa, Martercard or American Express Card... What a BIG bummer. USA without a car sucks big time, if only transportation was good and organized... not happening. 

When you're traveling sometimes you gotta come out with a plan B, C and D, well plan E is welcome too. Specially if you travel like me, plan a bit here and there but mostly go with the flow. 
We had no option but using the bus. This means our options were pretty limited. So we decided to travel the famous cities: San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. We've been in San Francisco last year but we had a feeling that was missing a looooot to see. We also been in LA but our flight off USA is there so we will stay with our friend Sue (again) this time in Huntington Beach, apparently a fancy area of LA, she has swimming pool and jacuzzi so guess where I'm gonna be my last days in California? :D 
Anyway, ready for a bunch of pictures from my favorite area of San Francisco?

FLEA MARKET ALAMANY EM SÃO FRANCISCO


First thing I search online when arrive a place? Local Flea Markets! Last year when I was visiting San Francisco I attended Berkley Flea Market and this time I was lucky enough for being in SF for the weekend so I got a chance to visit Alamany Flea Market. It's every single Sunday from 8am until 3pm but at 1pm many vendors start packing up so don't arrive too late. It's situated in 100 Alemany Blvd and you can get bus number 9 to get there. If you are driving there's plenty of space to park your car. We walked almost one hour and in the way we found Bernal Peak, a great hill to have a great view to the city and to the bay.

GUIA DE VIAGEM | DOIS DIAS EM SAN DIEGO

What do you think when you hear about San Diego? Sun, beach, surf, palm trees? I can tell you are 100% right, plus, San Diego is a really relaxed and chilled city, far away from the terrible traffic jams of Los Angeles or San Francisco.

I only been two full days in San Diego so I had to make the most of it! Grateful I'm in Couch Surfing and was able to find a great local host who drove us everywhere and told us about this nice city and the sorroundings. He also brought us to the best brownie and pizza in the World (Andy if you are reading this, thanks a lot dude!)

LISTA DE WEBSITES COM COISAS BARATAS E GRÁTIS QUE PODES FAZER EM SÃO FRANCISCO

San Francisco is not a cheap place to live at all, but is on my Ten Cities I'd live for a Year List because I'm into the lifestyle, the atmosphere, a place for artists to express themselves, multicultural, the diversity: beach, bay, wildness and city. You probably need a well paid salary to afford to live in this city but it's so worth it!

For travelers who will spend a long time in San Francisco and want to be part of the city instead of spending 2 weeks visiting touristic spots, this post is for you :) Also for those people who just moved to San Francisco and is a little broke or don't know what to do, this post is for you! Actually this post is for anyone who wants to go to San Francisco or just fancy the city. Ready to write some notes?

PHOTO AN HOUR :: ILHA DE THASSOS [GRÉCIA]

New feature in the blog!! I hope I can do this every week. Photo an Hour means I will take a photo every hour in one day. I found it fun and awesome to look back to my day with photos. And oh well I guess this is a great start with a day in the Island Thassos, actually my last day out of 4 days in paradise. Check it out!!

10am || Breakfast time! We were camping in Golden's Beach. The camping site was right in front of the beach, such a hard life :) Of course the breakfast includes cheese: feta and danish blue.

TANGER E ASSILAH | MARROCOS


This is my first time with my feet in Africa, which means I have been in all 5 continents! Yey! Go Girl! But... Morocco is not Africa for me. When I think of Africa I think of what is so called "Black Africa" so I'm not 100% conviced I've been in all continents. Let's plan a Trip to South Africa or Madagascar or Ethiopia! Ok take it easy you may think. I'm in Morocco and I don't wanna be anywhere else right now.

Morocco was on my Travel List for a long time, it's so close and easy to reach but I didn't want to travel this country only one week or on a tour. I wanted to explore the place myself, taking my time watching their lifestyle, to know more about the islam religion, to try their delicious food, to ride a camel in the desert, to watch the islamic buildings... I wanted to travel one month but now will go with the flow and stay until I feel like. Good thing when you are having a good time and don't have responsabilities, like your job. This is the time you feel free.

RABAT E CASABLANCA | MARROCOS


Kasbah (means castle) des Oudaias

Morocco is the Land of No Rules. If you are organized, like pontuality and not really flexible, you're gonna have a hard time backpacking in Morocco.

Maybe that's the reason why so many people just pay a travel agency and come on a tour? I dislike tours: with the money they ask for a tour I can do many many things and I don't like the idea of having someone telling me what to do or where to go. The worst is that you don't really get to know the culture because you have no time to talk and do things with locals. In the other side, having a guide in historical places is handy to understand what's go in on around us. But there you go, each person has their way of traveling, as long as they travel I’m happy :)

DESFILE DO FESTIVAL SHORE TO SHORE | ESSAOUIRA, MARROCOS



We are in Essaouira right now and seems we made a good choice for a place to relax. The city is pretty chilled with a nice Medina (comparing with Marrekech is way smaller but is more open, feels more fresh), beach, portuguese castle (geeez portuguese history is all around) and it's mostly famous for kitesurf and windsurf pratice.

I love when I'm in a foreign place and there's a festival or a traditional party going on. I heard that Essaouira offers many festivals, esp. during Summer. It's a cultural and artistic area, just look around you and you see paintings, music, theatre around you.

Shore to Shore Festival is an Anglo-Moroccan intercultural Festival organized by two local associations called Mogador Song and Music Association and Essaouira Mogador Association and British Foundation REEF. The idea is to provide opportunities for experiencing each culture and to create something new.
Moroccan partners have also visited Britain, giving concerts and working with young people in schools.

JORNADA PELO ÁRABE MARROQUINO

No, no my dear readers I won't be boring and teach you arabic in this post :) Just think that the language is another culture aspect interesting to learn and want to share my arabic experience so far. By the way, did you know that arabic language is spoken in Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Syria?

I'm thrilled when traveling in a country with a completly alphabet. First time was in the train station when we arrived Prague (Czech Republic) while InterRailing, there were many signs but no translations so we felt a bit lost with a feeling of adrenaline at the same time.
Then I been in India and wanted to learn sanscrit, like it's very easy to learn, yeah, yeah right. Greece was also fun to see all those weird characters.

A MAGIA DO VALE DE OURIKA | MARROCOS

After Essaouira we didn't really have a plan. When this happens we just let the Universe helping to follow our way. Zakaria suggested to hitch hike from Essaouira to Agadir, thru the coast and stop in 3 villages and after go to Paradise Valley. we thought it was a brilliant idea but soon we understood it wasn't the best idea because it's hard to hitch hike to the village which means taxi drivers trying to rip you off. I guess would be a good plan if you have a caravan or a car and camping tent.

Ourika Valley came to our mind. We left Essaouira (we went back just to sleep one night) and got a ride to Marrakech, the driver was heading to Casablanca but he was super kind and brought us exactly where we wanted. From Marrakech we took a dirty local bus to Ourika. It was dark already and the only Hotel was pricey for us so we asked a boy if he knew any cheap hostel. He called his father and among many arabic (or berber) words, he said "You are welcome in my house" Bonus! Thanks Universe :)

AIT BEN HADDOU - VIAJAR NA HISTÓRIA


Ait Ben Haddou is located 30 km away from Ouarzazate (known as “The Gate to Desert”) and part of UNESCO World Heritage, protecting those 500 years old mud made houses (kasba in Arabic) from erosion and destruction. In the past was the spot where caravans would stop when traveling between Marrakech and the Desert.

GORGES DU TODRA: O PARAISO DAS ROCHAS GIGANTES



Asking locals or people who host you is always the best way to go to this treasure places you couldn’t find in Travel Guide Books. Tinghir was in our route but as soon as some moroccans said that Gorges du Todra (15 km from Tinghir) is a better spot to stay we changed our mind. And did pretty good.

CHEFCHAOUEN - A CIDADE AZUL [PARTE I]


Remember when I said that would stay one month in Morocco? With 300€ I could actually stay at least 6 weeks. Moroccans (especially from the South) invite you to sleep in their houses, feed you and even give you money (!!!) but we don't accept, that's not the point. When you hitch hike and Couch Surf you save so much, enough to travel much more.
But I'm tired of Morocco to be honest. I mean, I'm having a great time but there's no fix price, you even bargain for food, seriously! Also there are many moroccans out there that seem to be your friends but in the end all they want is to sell you something. Worst! They can give you something as a gift and in the end they ask money for that. Very important: Not everybody is like this, we met many many nice, kind and friendly moroccans. Feels that in the South people are nicer maybe because is far from big cities?

CHEFCHOUEN: A CIDADE AZUL [PARTE II]


I decided for a Part II for Chefchouen just because these pictures I took are so pretty that have to be shared. Chefchouen is a most go in Morocco but we were unlucky to be there exactly on Easter Vacations so the place was crowded with international tourists (especially spanish) and moroccan tourists. Did I mention before that I don't like to travel in places packed of people?

MARTA SOFIA, OUTRO BLOG?!


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