Goodbye 2013. It has been a pleasure.

Dear 2013,

You were so good to me that I am already missing you.

Best trip: the Sahara Desert. I still can’t believe I made it there.

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My Desert Taxi

Best book I read: After Dark by Haruki Murakami. I’m making my way through 1Q84 at the moment. Just need a few more days.

Best film I watched this year: Les petits mouchoirs. My favorite films of the year always seem to be French. – The Paperboy and Stoker come very closely behind though. I LOVE them. Oh, and Blue Jasmine, of course! How can I forget?

Best move: Living and working in Hamburg, Germany. It was one of the coolest places I have ever lived and I entirely recommend it. Not only is Hamburg gorgeous and efficient, it also has a creative and bohemian side that I love. Germany ROCKS.

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Hamburg

Most “Dream come true” moment: Watching The Rite of Spring at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Best bar: The Sofa Bar in Hamburg.

Best people I met: The amazing new friends I made in Germany. You know who you are!

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Present I found on my desk

Best exhibition: The Steve McCurry show at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.

Most unexpected incident: A camel eating one of my socks in the Sahara. Yes, it happened.

Best breakfast: In this little balcony in Santorini. I can’t remember the food but the view…. ah, the view…

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Santorini, outside my window

Most fantastic news: Four of my friends are pregnant. FOUR.

Best purchase: A goose feather coat from Esprit. Not the most glamorous garment in the world but it has honestly saved my life in freezing-cold-minus-ten-degrees-covered-in-snow Germany.

Best architecture: St Basil’s Church in Moscow.

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Beautiful on pictures. Even better in reality.

Best series: Game of Thrones (though I did fall in love with Dexter a little bit too. Oh, and no, I haven’t seen Breaking Bad yet.)

Most rewarding experience EVER: Publishing a book.

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Book launch in Florianópolis, Brazil.

Goodbye 2013.

You were amazing. I had a great time.

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Happy in Hamburg

Lots of love.

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Life in Germany

Life in Germany_illustrationIllustration by Me. :0)

Here is a little bit of my life in this wonderful town we call Hamburg. In today’s chapter: “The way to work”.

This is what I see every day on my journey from my apartment to the Advertising Agency where I work:

The view from my window:

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Some cute houses on my street and neighbourhood:

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Then I jump on the subway and a couple of stations later, I’m standing opposite the Town Hall in the city centre:

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I walk past some of the gorgeous canals by the river. They look like this during the winter:

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And like this during spring:

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I pass some very cute shop windows:

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And next thing I know, I’m at the agency!

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Hamburg is a beautiful city! It reminds me a little of Stockholm: it’s clean, efficient, perfect from every angle and it’s surrounded by water everywhere, which makes it fresh and happy.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, walking around, having lunch or coffee outside and visiting the parks is that much more enjoyable. My next objective is to get a bike so I can enjoy Germany’s (undoubtedly short) summer as much as I can!

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For more details, pictures of Hamburg (and other places too!) and illustrations, you can follow me on Instagram: joanafaria

Lots of love from sunny Deutschland,

Ich liebe Deutschland

Happy New Year!!

Yes, this is my first blog post of 2013. No, I am not proud of this shameful delay. I do have a good excuse though: my life has gone through so many changes, that I just couldn’t find the time (or the discipline) to sit down and work on this blog. I missed it terribly though, and often thought about it. For me, blogging provides an ideal space, not just to publicize personal work (in my case, illustration and photography), but also to speak a little bit about art, travelling and what inspires me, hopefully inspiring others in return, of course.

So without further ado, this is what happened, in a nutshell:

After New York…

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Switzerland…

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and Barcelona…

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I moved to Hamburg, in Germany.

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Life has been pretty wonderful (and totally hectic!) and I am very much in love with this city. Work is great, the people are lovely and the city itself is absolutely gorgeous. My next post is going to be about some of the amazing things I’ve been seeing around here and also some illustration work I have done lately. I have tons of stuff to show, so come back and have a look!

Lots of love from Deutschland.