A relaxing time in Benidorm, Spain

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I have mentioned before that I live thorn between land and sea. I grew up relatively near the ocean, and Summer always meant endless time at the beach: as a child building castles and running in the sand, jumping around in salty puddles and jumping amongst small waves when the ocean allowed it; as a teenager making sure I was getting the best tan, but also investing in some sort of amateur bodyboarding because it looked cool; and finally, as an adult, both sunbathing, diving and swimming in the ocean when it allowed and having great walks until sunset.

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Belgium, 1st Stop: Bruges, the Enchanted

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I did my first real travelling solo to Belgium. Being able to get to Brussels by train so easily from London, finding nice prices and, best of all, having still some holidays to take off from work, I thought, what is stopping me? Not having company? Please, I’ve been used to doing things alone for a long time, and it never bothered me before. So let’s do this. Without giving much thought, I bought the tickets. Not going back now. So let’s see what can I do in Belgium. I really wanted to visit Antwerp, but my research shown me that Belgium was much more than stylish Antwerp. There were a few hidden jewels. So, after some hours reading fellow travellers blogs, I decided that in about 4 days, I wanted to visit 4 Belgian cities – Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels.

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Wanderlust & Conquest

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People have been talking about wanderlust. It is like a trend, people have been tattooing it and everything. It seems also there is a boom in wanderlusters. This people that entitle themselves as “backpackers”, “adventurers”, “globetrotters”. All these titles as an hashtag, of course. So the world can see and feel the lust for wander inside.

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Inspiring Paris

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When I think about my biggest passions in life, three come to my mind: Fashion, Books and Traveling. In March I was able to go to Paris. It was a dream I had since I was little (especially the Disneyland part) and I had a big crush for the city and its culture (now I am in love). I was in pursue for the main monuemnts and museums. Of course I did go to the Champ Elysees, but only to stare at the luxury stores windows like a puppy in the rain (literally in the rain. I had bad luck and the weather was cloudy and very cold).  Two nights ago I had this dream of me in Paris, with incredible people from the fashion and literary world, having the time of my life. As I told you recently, I am unemployed, a situation that I hate, and finishing my Master. So, I am so looking forward to find another job that I really like, that I start to have these dreams 🙂

This photo reminds me that sometimes it is good to be small when confronted with such great things, like the Eiffel Tower. It keeps our heart humble and reminds us that we can always go further and we should never stop dreaming about what we want to do and to achieve in life. I also like this photo because I look like a dwarf compared with the Eiffel Tower 😀 I am a tall girl (1.78 meters), and I often feel self-conscious about my height and somehow displaced (Portuguese people aren’t tall).

I’ve done some travelling so far (well, I’m a normal 23 year-old), especially since I started to work and earning my money. Maybe I’ll create a section in this blog dedicated to post some pictures of my trips, would you like to see it? 🙂

With love,

Nicole

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