London Series: Year 3 (2010)

Everyone came to stay with us in 2010! Mónica, Joao and Dé and Ricardo! We had our first trip to the Cote D’Azur. Spent great times in Portugal, partied a bit and had the most random NYE.

January 2010 was a good month that saw snow, one of my long time friends visit us in London , nights out, nights in and cakes.

February was celebration time for Valentine’s, his birthday and pancakes.

We got drunk in March.

But before getting drunk we visited Nice for the first time and Monaco, Cannes, Eze and Ile Sainte-Marguerite.

We welcomed Joao in London in April. I had my first tonsillitis when he was here but that didn’t stop us having a great time. There was sunshine at the park, marble cake and a crazy night out.

Not much happened in May.

In June we had visitors in London, celebrated my birthday and went to a RATM free gig. After all that we went to Portugal to spend quality time with family and friends in some of our favourite places.

Partied in July.

And again in August!

Explored London and cooked a roast dinner in September.

parks, food and Portugal in October.

Bowling and silly selfies in November.

December was a busy month! First cupcakes, Coca-Cola truck, Renata’s leaving party, snow, Guanabara and us.

Short break in Portugal.

NYE was a memorable one in 2010.

2010 was a pretty good year! Hope you enjoyed the tons of pictures in this post. 2011 coming soon.

In the meantime if you have missed it you can go check 2009 in pictures.

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London Series: Year 2 (2009)

The year I took my best friend to Portugal, my brother came to London and we visited André in Madeira! 2009 was a memorable one.

2009 started in a party mood having my work Christmas party a little out of season. We went out to the enjoy the London park life in Hendon and Hampstead Heath and strolled in central London.

February was eventful with drinks at work, a lot of snow, Valentine’s day, my boyfriend’s birthday in Southend-on-Sea, Carnival at Guanabara and some London shots.

In March we went to central London, walked through Epping forest, fed squirrels in Hyde Park, got drunk at Guanabara and watched stand up comedy in Portuguese in Brixton.

April was super special as I took my best friend to Portugal. We had the best time!

In May we visited Little Venice and Cambridge.

June saw my brother in London, I had a great time on my Birthday and we went to Portugal to celebrate our anniversary.

July was fun, I went to the pub and to the roller disco with the work lot.

August was sunny and wet and we enjoyed it at the park.

September was the month we visited André in Madeira and had a blast.

In October we were tanned and it was time for a “bad taste” house party at Filipa’s and to make sushi at home.

November was another sushi at home month, we went to Camden and watched more Portuguese stand up comedy in London.

December is the month for all the Christmas parties. In 2009 we spent Christmas in Portugal again.

Another great year! Loved you loads 2009. Hope you all enjoyed all the silly selfies. Brace yourselves for more from 2010 coming soon.

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Dating the Popular Kid

Back in secondary school I was pretty good at being invisible. I was a good student for the most part of it and kept myself to my small group of friends.
Other than when I was playing foosball I didn’t really hang out with the popular kids.

Against all odds one of the popular kids wanted to date me. I thought it was a joke but decided to say yes to find out what that was all about.

He was super romantic and our cinema date watching Daylight with a couple of my friends was great. He even got me a blue bracelet as a first date gift!

Back in school we officially became a couple! Some of the popular girls (including his ex) were not impressed and I went from being invisible to having “haters”.

It was all new for me and I don’t think I was enjoying it.

Thankfully he broke up with me a couple of days later. I can’t even remember what the reason was but it was good to go back to normal life in school after that brief dating experience.

Funnily enough we got back in touch years after we left school and he did remember our dates. Better than me actually. In his mind the fact that we got back in touch had some kind of special meaning. In my opinion it’s just what happens when everyone is on Facebook. Still it was cool to talk about our school times and our very brief dating story.

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London Series: Year 1 (2008)

This year in March is my 10 year anniversary of moving to London! Can’t even believe it has been this long. To celebrate I will be creating a “London Series”. I am sharing the highlights of each year in pictures.

On the 4th of March 2008 I moved to London with my boyfriend. We had no job and no bed to sleep in but we didn’t give up!

In March we had a couple of new homes after sleeping on the floor for a week at my auntie’s place. First one was in Kilburn and the second one in Willesden Green.

Settled down in our new place, April was a month to explore Brighton and London.

In May we visited Windsor, had the crazy idea of going to France for lunch, got a tan in Hyde Park and spent a weekend in Southampton!

In June the Euro was on so we watched a fair bit of football and celebrated Portugal day at the park eating sardines.

In July we moved to Hendon, went on a day trip to Winchester where we met Tochas (a famous comedian in Portugal) and enjoyed another Summer day at the park.

In August we didn’t do much.

September was a great month. We went back to Portugal for the first time to spend time with family and friends.

In London we were tourists again and partied hard.

October was another busy month. I organised my best friend’s birthday, visited Oxford, went out bowling with friends from my new job, went to Southfields to spend time with André, went out for drinks and it snowed!

In November we went to a Karaoke place with the Portuguese group and I went bowling again with the work lot.

December was a busy month with all the festivities.

And we went back to Portugal for Christmas and NYE.

This was 2008 in pictures. It was a very special year. I really enjoyed this trip down memory lane and I am looking forward to going back to 2009.

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Being Social

“If you’re satisfied with your social life, according to psychologists, you tend to be satisfied with life in general.” Robin Marantz Henig

Spending time with friends is one of the best things in life. Usually I would rather spend one on one time with a friend than attend some random party. I love a good conversation.

I was once a little anti-social. When I was growing up I really enjoyed spending time in my own company and avoided social events. Being shy did not help. Not saying that I am now a super sociable person but I do enjoy going out on the odd occasion.

Lately I have spent some quality time with friends and every time I get to do that I feel that I am in a better mood and generally happier.

Pancakes

Right at the end of 2017 I got to catch up with someone who used to work with me. We went to eat some delicious pancakes and managed to do a quick catch up on work related subjects and life in general. Unfortunately as he is always late we ended up having little time to chat.

Chilling at Home

After not seeing him since last Summer I got to finally catch up with this one. He is not the best at keeping in touch but decided to tell me last-minute he was around that day. It was perfect because I wasn’t feeling like going out anyway. We went out just to grab a drink and to smoke and then sat on the sofa catching up on the last few months of our lives. I enjoyed the company. Hopefully this year he will be better at showing up.

Pool

Last-minute as well I decided to go out to celebrate a friend’s birthday. He was going away for the weekend but had no real plans for the day so we ended up playing pool for hours at a pub not far from my place. I hadn’t played pool in years so I had no clue how to play it. Thankfully he was patient enough to teach me. It was nice to do something new and the conversation was great too.

Coffee and Cake

A cold and rainy day was perfect for coffee and cake with one of my besties. Good to chat at the café by the park watching the squirrels and ducks on the wet grass.  Great to avoid the weekend blues and to catch up on whatever we didn’t have time to talk about during the week at work.

Shoot and Lunch

After a while with no days off together we managed to get a Saturday to spend some quality time together. As the weather was bound to get wet again in the afternoon we got out of the house after breakfast and headed to Kings Cross to shoot some pictures. Just a short train ride away was the light tunnel of Kings Cross. There are no instructions online as to where exactly this tunnel is so we walked back and forth for ages and did not find it!

We gave up and decided to wander off to Gasholder park. After taking a few pictures we started to get hungry and decided to head back to find a Thai Restaurant. On our way to the restaurant we accidentally found the light tunnel!

Lunch was delicious and afterwards we had coffee at this quirky Moroccan coffee shop. As the rain was settling in we headed back to the train station to go home and do a little bit of “laptop club” (when we work together).

I am hoping 2018 carries on like this and I get to spend more quality time with my friends.

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About my Sister

“Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there.” – Amy Li

No, we’re not blood related but we pretty much grew up together so she’s my sister. My family is a little more complex than the average family which is not a bad thing. I get to have a sister my mum and dad did not conceive.

In true sisterly fashion growing up we had a love/hate relationship. She used to cry a lot when she was a toddler and not respect the dinner table rules which annoyed me.

As we got past that phase we started enjoying each other’s company. Still with the occasional quarrel but we were generally happy to spend time together.

We had a couple of memorable holidays together.

The first one was a camping trip with her dad down in the South of Portugal. Memories from that trip include waiting long hours to get a spot for our tent, Snow White in an outdoor cinema, drinking milk out of the carton for breakfast and getting back to Lisbon happy.

As teenagers we were lucky enough to be allowed to spend a week by ourselves about two hours drive from home. We had a little apartment with swimming pool by a camping site. We had such a good time together. Even had time to make friends and have new crushes.

Even though life happened and we are not in contact as much or get to see each other often at all when we do it feels like we saw each other just yesterday.

I am looking forward to seeing her and my little nephew soon when I get to fly to Lisbon.

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My Diary

This blog was originally my diary. I documented my move to London here. It is great to be able to go back and remember stuff I have gone through. Family and friends could keep up with how things were going in London and what I was up to and I got to keep a diary of my life.

It was fun but as I got settled in London there was not a lot happening anymore. No more changing jobs or moving that often and no more flatmates’ drama as we got our own space after a few years in London.

I got bored with not having much to write about but I missed writing. That is how I got into this new format. So far I am really enjoying this and I get to share whatever I feel like with you.

Recently I went back in time to check old posts so now I am missing the diary aspect of this blog. For that reason I am trying to figure out a way of somehow including it here. The challenge is doing it without it becoming boring.

To be honest with you my life is for the most part not that exciting. It is pretty much work Monday to Friday. In the evenings I will write or edit pictures, have dinner and watch YouTube or Netflix. I can easily spend whole weekends at home. Occasionally I will go out. If I am in the process of planning holidays a few hours go by just spent on Google Maps, Skyscanner, Booking.com and AirBnb.

For the times my life is that little bit more exciting I will find a way of writing about it here.

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