Staithes

  I recently went for a day out in Staithes with my family. I’d never been before, despite having grown up not too far away (in York). We had fish and chips at the Cod and Lobster, which I would recommend highly (and not just because I now live in Portugal and happened to be missing … Continue reading

Cova do vapor

Yesterday was a national holiday in Portugal (the recently reinstated Corpus Christi). My friend and I decided to take advantage of the sunny weather and take a trip to Cova do Vapor on the other side of the river. It’s not the easiest place to get to from Lisbon to without a car, but it … Continue reading

Costa Nova

I recently visited the lovely Costa Nova, Aveiro (in the northwest of Portugal). I was amazed by the beautiful striped houses and thought I’d share them here. ❤

Three days in Portimão

At the end of August/beginning of September my friend Ashley and I took a little trip to Portimão in the Algarve. We’d worked all through the summer after the academic year had ended so we were definitely ready for a break. We both had plans to travel further afield in September but decided to kick … Continue reading

Porto

I recently went to Porto with some friends during the Carnaval holiday. Some places were closed but we still managed to see quite a lot. Highlights included Livraria Lello, an incredibly beautiful bookshop which is said to have influenced the Harry Potter series (JK Rowling lived in Porto for a few years, pre-fame). The staircase … Continue reading

Amsterdam, Day 2

On my second day in Amsterdam, Joseph laid out an amazing breakfast spread for us including Dutch cheese, bread, strawberries, yoghurt, orange juice and coffee. A great start to the day… I also got to see the famed Meneer De Reiger (Mr Heron) who often visits Joseph’s garden. He wouldn’t show us his majestic neck … Continue reading

The Brooklyn Bridge

Okay, this is my final post about this particular US trip – promise! After leaving Seattle I had a stopover in Minneapolis for 12 hours. It was overnight so unfortunately I couldn’t go and explore. I set up camp in the ‘business lounge’ area of the airport – I had a desk, I wrote in my … Continue reading

Bumbershoot

On my last weekend in the US, I went to the wonderfully-named Bumbershoot Festival at the Seattle Center (or two out of three days of it anyway). A festival of arts, comedy, film and music, there was a lot on the schedule I was excited about. In the morning of the first day, I had to move from … Continue reading

The Black Lodge

While in Vancouver, I visited Twin Peaks-themed vegetarian restaurant, The Black Lodge. I got a John Candy Smokie with fries and a beer. I can’t remember what Bella had but it also looked delicious (and healthier than mine as she went for salad rather than fries…) The place was pretty small so I was glad … Continue reading

Vancouver

The day after Michael and Meri’s wedding, I went for a long walk in Seattle with Bella (my new friend from the hostel) in search of breakfast. It was already pretty much lunchtime so finding breakfast wasn’t too easy, and my fallback plan of going back to St John’s in Capitol Hill failed when we … Continue reading