Sights of Portugal: the old buildings of Porto

"It's a strange feeling. The feeling that I'm stuck, simply because I haven't been travelling. My mum doesn't understand, but even yesterday, over dinner, I told my husband how anxious I am to get out of here. When I'm this long in the same place, it's almost like I can't even have opinions anymore" These … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: the old buildings of Porto

Sights of Portugal: exploring the villages of Gerês

How many of you are out there feeling unhappy, depressed, anxious and, on top of that, feeling so guilty for feeling so sad? After all aren’t we supposed to be grateful for what we have? Yes, we are. But if as humans we always just felt grateful for what we had, then we wouldn’t be … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: exploring the villages of Gerês

Sights of Portugal: the Castle of the Moors in Sintra

You may be lost in the beauty of Pena Palace while you explore its grounds, trying to absorb every single detail, romanticising about the times when Kings and Queens stepped on the same grounds and potentially admired the same sights. But while you walk through its verandas and terraces, your eyes will eventually turn and … Continue reading Sights of Portugal: the Castle of the Moors in Sintra

There is so much gold in St. Peter’s Basilica

It didn't matter where we've come from - from east, west, north or south - which language was that we called our mother tongue, which was the colour of our skin or the shape of our eyes - there was something we all shared at that moment. A feeling of wowness, a feeling of smallness. … Continue reading There is so much gold in St. Peter’s Basilica

Exploring the living old parts of Rome

One of the things I like the most in any European city is simply the streets. Not that you can find any sort of pattern, mind me. But I like that these streets were not built for cars. I adore how intrinsicate, narrow, wavy or even steep they can be. I love the way buildings … Continue reading Exploring the living old parts of Rome

A short and hot visit to Mérida, México

When I arrived to Mérida I thought I wouldn't go passed the bus station. The city was flooded. Heavy and sudden rains had transformed the streets and the roads in rivers. And while my bus drove through the waters, I could only think about my backpack stored in the luggage compartment and pray that the … Continue reading A short and hot visit to Mérida, México

The spiritual experience of Palenque

Surrounded and literally digged out of the jungle of Chiapas, the ruins of Palenque are certainly an obligatory stop for any archaeological geek - it was one the most fantastic places I visited in Mexico and just think about the fact that it is estimated than only 10% of this ancient city has been "recovered". … Continue reading The spiritual experience of Palenque

Indigenous culture lives on in San Cristobal de las Casas

I felt like an happy kid would feel if he or she discovered santa claus is actually real, when I learned Mayan culture isn't extinguished and lives on in small communities where families pass their traditions, their craftsmanship, their knowledge, their rituals and their language. And there were two very interesting people who took on … Continue reading Indigenous culture lives on in San Cristobal de las Casas