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Whether you go to Brazil, Russia, France or Portugal, all countries have their own drinking culture and delicious drinks that brings you one step closer to the national culture. If you read the Travelettes bio, you already know about my weakness for a good ol’ Brazilian Caipirinha, but I’m no stranger to wine or liquor either. Having spent quite some time in Portugal, this is the country I relate to …

[ Written by guest | 22 May 2011 | 3 Comments | ]

As the summer is getting closer, so is the festival period. With so many great festival around Europe, festival passes and plane tickets must be booked soon. This is how my summer started out last year: Take a few of my favorite bands, a beautiful beach, a handful of good friends and cold beer – and you have the perfect festival experience. A weekend of music at the Super Rock …

[ Written by guest | 24 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | ]

Spending most of 2010 in Portugal, I finally started to learn how to surf. I cannot say I’m a pro just yet, but my new hobby has brought me to some beautiful beaches and I’ve gotten to know some great people! The best and by far most beautiful surf spot I’ve been to is Baleal by Peniche, which white beaches and peninsula form makes it one of the best spot …

[ Written by guest | 27 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

The Portuguese have their own word for expressing the feeling of nostalgic longing for someone or something that one adores and now is lost. They call it “saudades”. This is the feeling that fills me sometimes when I think about places I adore, people I love and experiences I never know if I will see or feel again.
New friends, a boyfriend or a crush, new hobbies, a couple of new …

[ Written by guest | 15 Jul 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

I always dreamed about learning to surf, and found it such an attractive sport, but coming from the cold north, snowboarding (and a short-lived attempt to be a skater girl as a teenager) came first. Now that I call Lisbon my new home town, however, I finally started surfing and it is definitely my new favourite lifestyle.
Just sitting on your board waiting for the next wave and finally catching that …

[ Written by guest | 6 Jul 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

When I first saw the decorations for Santo António, one of Lisbon’s national holidays, my first reaction was that it looks like a German Christmas market, the whole city is filled with lights, decorations and food stands. My Portuguese friends were talking about this day for months, so it had quite a reputation to live up to.
The inhabitants of the different districts of the city have been preparing for this …

[ Written by guest | 25 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]

Dear Travelettes,
Let me make a confession: Since I arrived in Lisbon I’ve eaten a cake, or some kind of traditional sweet, every day. That is more than 100 cakes the last few months, something that should make me quite a cake-expert (although it’s not the best preparation for the bikini season). When that is said, I read somewhere if you leave Portugal without gaining a couple of kilos you haven’t …

[ Written by guest | 3 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

What do you do when you have about 30 euros (and a week until you get your next salary), 3 days off and a strong urge to travel? I was complaining to a good friend about this, and got this e-mail back: be ready at 7AM tomorrow, have about 10 euros ready, your bicycle and two changes of clothes.
The morning after we were ready for 3 days of pedaling in …

[ Written by guest | 24 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

Feira da Ladra, or thieves market in English, is the oldest and biggest flea market in Lisbon. This is the place to go to recover your stolen mobile, practice your bargain skills or find some incredibly cheap vintage clothes. My greatest scoop was a 70s leather jacket for 10 euros.
Since I normally live in Berlin, I’m used to a great selection of flea markets, but I find this one particularly …

[ Written by guest | 9 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]

Eat breakfast like a king queen, lunch like a prince princess, and dinner like a pauper it is said. Even though the brunch is left out, it’s my favourite meal – especially together with good friends or a magazine, sun and of course sunglasses to cover up the hangover from last night and to stare at people without getting noticed..
I’ve already found two great places to have some brunch. At …

[ Written by guest | 31 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
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