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.

In the meantime if you have missed it you can go check 2008 in pictures.

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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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52 Week Photography Challenge

“I really don’t have any idea about photography, but I take pictures.” – Alex Majoli

This year I decided to shoot more. To keep me motivated/inspired I am doing a photography challenge created by Dogwood Photography. If you are into photography consider joining here.

I started shooting for this last weekend but I could not get myself to go far to shoot. Instead of going to some fancy location in London I picked my camera and walked around the neighbourhood. It pushed me to be creative and to see past the every day boring streets.

After shooting a bunch of random shots in the freezing cold I had to choose one for each week’s themes. All pictures were shot in RAW and edited in Lightroom.

WEEK 1 – Vision: Look Ahead
New year. New beginnings. New you. Look ahead. Interpret as you wish.

It was more looking up than looking ahead but the plane going into the clouds on a sunny day felt right for the new beginnings theme.

WEEK 2 – Composition: Color Harmony
Get out your color wheel. Do opposites attract? Can there be harmony with opposite colors? Does the Hulk wear purple pants? Mix warm and cool colors.

This one isolated the cold and warm colours so well that I had to pick it for this week. I love how well the red goes with the turquoise window glass.

Below are a few other pictures I shot but did not make it into the photography challenge.

Let me know… which one is your favourite?

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Amsterdam Visual Diary

Even though it was a little cold outside I carried my new camera around almost everywhere in Amsterdam. Silly of me to leave my gloves in London! Here is my Christmas in Amsterdam Visual Diary.

On the first day I didn’t take many pictures as I was super tired and still adjusting to the cold weather.

Just being tourists on Christmas Eve in Amsterdam.

Christmas day at the Zoo and night photography.

A little more of the hotel. Last images before flying back to London.

Hope you enjoyed my first visual diary. I will probably do more of these in the future.

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2017 Rewind

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C.S. Lewis

Lets talk about 2017. This year just flew by as I was super busy for the most part of it.

I don’t recall travelling as much as I did this year. Planning was sometimes rushed but having little time between trips made it harder to plan everything properly.

When it comes to my travelling agenda, 2017 started in March with a 10 day visit to Lanzarote. It was my first time in the Canary Islands. I was a bit skeptical about this destination as I thought it would be too touristy but it was a pleasant surprise. There are plenty of things to do and to see in Lanzarote and the landscapes are something else.

For April I had booked my first trip without my boyfriend and went to the best city in the World with one of my best friends. It was amazing to be a tourist in such a special place. I was a little nervous about changing up my travel partner but I loved it. And I think she loved it too. Even though we drove through a long suspended bridge she never said she wanted to go back home early! She also put up with my late night burger cravings and got out of the room to go round the corner to the closest diner. We had fun.

June is a month for celebrations as it is both my birthday and our anniversary. As the dates are not too close we traveled twice this year. For my birthday we hopped on a flight to Copenhagen. I quite liked it there despite the very expensive food. Our Airbnb by the lake was unreal. Later in the month we chose our beloved Menorca to celebrate our anniversary. We have been there a few times and it already feels like a home away from home.

September was time to head back to Portugal. It was time to catch up with family and friends and to spend quality time together in one of our favourite places in Portugal (Milfontes). It was great exploring the beautiful beaches of Alentejo. Even though the weather was not amazing we made the best out of it and enjoyed spending time with our loved ones.

By the end of the year we were still craving Sun. So the destination in December was again in the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura. Not as amazing as Lanzarote but still quite pretty. We did catch some sun rays and a lot of wind too. The post holidays blues hit us hard after Fuerteventura so I booked a last-minute Christmas break in Amsterdam. It was a very special time (hot tubs included) spent in the best possible company, my boyfriend.

I can’t complain I didn’t travel enough this year.

In between travels other things went on in my life.

I finally decided to start blogging in English. Not hiding behind the language barrier anymore. It was a bit scary to get myself out there. To be exposed to the ones close to me “in real life” but so far it has been a very rewarding experience. The support I get almost on a daily basis is amazing and I am so grateful for all of it.

A special thank you goes to my boyfriend that pushed me to start getting serious about blogging. He set up all the technical bits for me. All in one weekend back in July! He also puts up with me stressing out about getting content out on time and allows me the time to do it. Even when we are away he doesn’t complain if I sit down for hours to write. This blog would not exist without his support. Thank you!

My love for photography was reignited this year. I have learned a lot and stepped out of my comfort zone a few times. A big thank you to Reo for the vote of confidence, she was my first customer and pushed me to believe in myself. Another thank you goes to the @uk.shooters for the amazing meet ups that allowed me to get great shots and to work with amazing people.

Also decided to give myself a little more credit for being able to keep up with the blog, for learning about photography almost daily and getting out there to shoot when possible. Still having a full-time job and planning all those holidays. It is not always easy but I am loving every little bit of it.

Hope 2018 will be even better! Please stick around with me for whatever is coming up next year. Thank you again for all the support.

Happy New Year to you all!
Lots of love,
Ana

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Selling my Pictures

Very recently I have opened an account on Shutterstock and got myself into stock photography to possibly have an additional source of income. I have heard all the success stories of people who invest time in this and make some extra cash so I am giving it a try.

This week I sold my first picture and it made my day!

It is a little time-consuming to edit all the pictures and ensure they follow the rules of stock photography but hopefully it will be worth it.

I carried my new Canon DSLR with me everywhere around Fuerteventura to get good shots to upload. You can check some of them out on the posts I have written about this Canary Island here and here. The remaining pictures will be on my Shutterstock gallery.

 

If you want to start selling your own pictures you can sign up here, it is pretty easy to get started and they get back to you quite quickly. All the pictures you submit are reviewed manually!

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Why Not?

I have done a few different things in my life when it comes to work. Different jobs in different industries and different countries.

The most rewarding experiences happened when I was in a position where I managed people. Managing people is not easy. You have your ups and downs. It can be a struggle at times, it can be tiring but it is definitely not boring. Also it pays off for all the struggles every time you get a thank you or see people happy around you.

You cannot imagine how amazing it feels to have someone you recruited, trained and managed a few years ago ask for your address so they can send you a thank you postcard for being their first mentor.

Even though I love doing it I made a conscious decision of staying away from such positions when I changed to a different industry. I wanted to focus on learning. I wanted to be a little selfish and focus on myself. Five years in I have learned a lot about the industry and about myself. For a moment I thought about getting back to managing people. I got excited with the possibility of doing it again.

Why not? You might be asking. I gave up on the idea because I know I would be super focused on the new role, it would consume all of my head space and I would have no time or energy left for this blog or for photography. For those reasons I have decided that now is not the time to make that move.

To everyone that encouraged me to apply for a team leader role, a big thank you for the vote of confidence. I really appreciate it.

I am super passionate about blogging and photography at the moment and don’t want to lose that just yet. Maybe you are thinking that this is silly. That I should try to step up at work. Maybe it is silly! Honestly I think it makes sense and I am following my “heart” on this one.

Another big thank you goes to everyone that has been complimenting or just asking questions about my photography work or my blog. I really enjoy talking with you guys about it.

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