Gingerbread town

I have been walking around Stockholm this summer. The city was warm, sweet and delicious. Here’s the evidence as seen through my eyes (and phone).

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I have been to Sweden quite a few times over the years (I have relatives and many friends over there), but it never gets old. The cute buildings, the pastel palette, the beautiful Swedes with their cool and impeccable sense of style, gorgeous design everywhere, the seafood, the fresh air coming from the islands… I could go on forever. Stockholm is a very interesting and very exciting city. Looking back, I actually think that one of the reasons why I loved Hamburg so much was because it reminded me of Stockholm. Either way, totally worth a visit. I recommend it!

Lots of love,

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Dream Town Project: 2 days to go…

Ticket to Dream Town and passport is all set (YES!). Now all I need to do is tackle my suitcase.

Things to bear in mind while packing:

♥ It has been snowing in Dream Town. Temperatures ranging from 0 to minus 7. Nothing too dramatic, I guess (I have experienced the minus 20s before so I’m pretty sure I’ll survive), but still: need to pack scarves, coats, hats, boots and gloves. It’ll be weird having come from a 35-plus Celsius summer in Brazil and going to a bellow freezing winter in Dream Town in the space of two weeks. Weird as in good-weird, not bad-weird because to be honest, nothing gets me down these days. Cold: I am not scared of you!

♥ Accommodation is all set. Location is great. Everything seems to be in order. My new flatmates: 2 girls and a chiwawa puppy called Gangster. :) I haven’t had a flatmate since university (boyfriends don’t count as flatmates, do they?), and I haven’t lived with a dog since childhood (I had a beagle called Wendy years ago). I have no idea what to expect, but everyone seems very nice and welcoming. Watch this space.

♥ Illustration material is neatly piled up, just waiting to be included. Markers, sketchbooks, watercolours, laptop, walcom tablet, pencils and paintbrushes. All ready to travel. New business cards are done too. The cutest I’ve ever printed so far! I almost feel sorry to hand them out.

♥ Cameras are ready to go. I was given a Canon G9 as a Christmas present and together with my genius 500D, they make the perfect team: one for proper good images, the other for fun stuff. Note to self: need to empty out all cards to make space for new pictures. My new hometown will be way too irresistible. I’m sure I’ll be snapping away left and right.

♥ Still not sure where I am heading? Here’s another clue:

 Source: here.

Lots of love from Lisbon.

Joana’s travel bug #1: Sydney

I have been looking at some of my old travel pictures and stumbled across some snaps from Down Under.

I went there a few years ago, just after new years, and fell completely in love with it. What a gorgeous city! The people are friendly (and breathtakingly beautiful!), the weather was incredible and the food was great. I remember that I consciously decided not to go into any museums or art galleries (very unlike me) and just spent the days walking around town and enjoying the sun.

This is what I saw:

I totally recommend it as a place to visit. It’s far away and a bit of a pain to get to (from Europe at least), but it’s so worth it! I had a few stop overs on the way there, (Singapore and Brisbane) and stayed a few nights in each place. This made a huge difference and I was able to recover from jet lag and get into the new time zone a lot quicker.

I took very few pictures during this holiday. I didn’t have a very good camera and wasn’t really motivated to click away. Sydney is irresistible, though. I couldn’t help it in the end.

Loved every second of it.

La femme Paris

♥ Paris is the most feminine city in the world.

It’s true, think about it:

Every corner has a pastry shop;

Or a flower shop;

Or a chocolaterie;

Or a perfumarie.

Women are everywhere. The take over every sidewalk, every garden, every museum wall:

♥ There are flowers everywhere:

♥ And everywhere, there is pink:

All pictures by me.

Paris is a constant monument in honor of women and all things female.

I love being a girl. But being a girl in Paris is even more lovely than usual. :)

 

Wishing you a beautiful and inspiring weekend.

♥♥♥

// The colors of Tajikistan

The road to Afghanistan. – No, I wasn’t scared. :)

That’s me. Photographed by my dad at the end of the trip. :)

Tajikistan is beautiful and inspiring. It is quite overwhelming at times, as expected, but it really is a whole new world to be discovered. The sights are great and the mountains are wonderful, but what I really loved the most were the people. They are so polite and sweet. Everyone I met went out of their way to make me feel welcome and at ease. Definitely the kind of hospitality you don’t see everyday.

If anyone’s thinking about going to that region I definitely recommend it. Do make sure you stay for a minimum of two weeks though, so you can visit the Pamir Mountains. They are located in between Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and China and include a bit of the Himalayas. Unfortunately, I only had 10 days and didn’t quite make it over there. Maybe next time.

Lots of love from Lisbon and a very happy Easter.