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Some cities just stick with you, they find a place in your heart – you could go back every year and yet discover new things every time. Lisbon is that city to me, and I could probably write a “Travelettes guidebook to Lisbon” filled with curious little details. What to eat, where to buy the best high heels, on which cobbled hills you should rather wear your sneakers and where …

[ Written by guest | 30 Jul 2012 | 3 Comments | ]

I can feel the tender warmth of the sun on my back, from very far I hear the waves bashing against the rocky coast. My lips are still salty from swimming this morning. Lazily, without moving a bone, I open my eyes to discover, that I am not the only sluggish being around. Only a few centimetres away is a gecko – sunbathing. Motionless, like myself, it is lingering on …

[ Written by guest | 13 Mar 2012 | 3 Comments | ]

Italians are known for their fabulous shoes, French women for their elegance, and who can forget about the fantastic royal wedding dress of English princess Kate earlier this year? Different countries as well as time periods are associated with different styles and fashions. I can spend way too much time looking at my favorite streetstyle blogs from around the world or admiring the costumes of the actors in old movies, …

[ Written by guest | 2 Jan 2012 | 4 Comments | ]

A city with narrow cobbled streets and magnificent but derelict buildings is what you would normally think of when hearing about Lisbon, but the Portuguese capital is gradually turning into a huge gallery for innovative street art. On my way to downtown Baixa last year, I passed by something that surprised me, huge cranes were standing next to a block of once beautiful but now derelict buildings. A few days …

[ Written by guest | 14 Sep 2011 | 31 Comments | ]

Growing up in a small town as a child, I never really thought too much about where the vegetables at the supermarket came from. Even though I had spent parts of my holidays in the Norwegian mountains and at the seaside, harvesting my own food was limited to picking berries from bushes and going fishing with my dad. Throughout the years, I’ve become more and ore aware of the means of …

[ Written by guest | 18 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments | ]

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 | ]
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