If you love lists (and packing light) as much as I do, please proceed...
Before we even start, I should tell you: we only ate breakfast out twice over the two weeks we were in Porto, and both times were at the same café. Also, the food was pretty good, but not amazing. I'm throwing around the word "best" with a bunch of damn impunity. But stay with me...
It's hard to believe, but our two weeks in Porto are coming to an end. On Sunday, we depart for Lisbon. Happily, we'll be meeting up with one of my oldest friends, musician extraordinaire, Zubin Thakkar, who happens to be on a Lisbon tour stop with this guy. Transatlantic friendship, y'all!
If you're looking for some Internet, here's what I've been reading this week...
A homemade toner I'm going to try when I get home (I tried ACV on its own, but Dane judged my vinegary face each night in bed...)
A series I'm loving: Friday Five
I can't decide, is this movie a yes or a no? (Sidenote: we saw this movie a few weeks ago - weird and worth a watch)
I'd go to this party
Are you a poet and you know it? Enter this!
Let's go to Oslo
A great piece on empathy in the online world
How do you feel about flying? I am a bad traveler in general, but flying causes a special kind of stress.
My stress is less related to a fear of heights, and more connected to anxiety/motion sickness/mild claustrophobia. It's a vicious cycle: I get a bit motion sick, I worry about being motion sick, the worry about being sick makes me more sick. Ad nauseum (add nausea).
We experienced some vomit-inducing turbulence en route to Ireland last year, so my stress about flying to Portugal was heightened. I don't see flying as a miracle of modern technology. I see it as being trapped for 8 hours in a cramped death tube.
That said, I do have some strategies that help with my particular brand of flying fear...
We're closing in on our first week in Portugal, and it's been lovely so far. Porto is such a beautiful, vibrant city. In honour of upcoming summer adventures, here are some good travel-related links from around the web:
The best Airbnbs in Cuba (one of the locales we're dreaming about)
Is this the best U.S. road trip ever?
This graphic novel travelogue looks sweet (check out a preview here)
Perfect travel notebook
Eco-friendly (and beautiful) hotels
Gunther, Christine, and Otto. What a story.
Travel scratch map
National Geographic Traveler photo contest winners
Time travelers (my parents did this with Barbies when we were kids - ha)
An Iceland elopement
Today is my 32nd birthday and I'm happily celebrating in Porto, Portugal. Last year, Dane and I realized that our summer schedules were the perfect storm of flexibility and portability, so we decided to pick up and live elsewhere for awhile, which is how we ended up here.
More to come on beautiful Porto (and later, Lisbon), but for now, a thank you to all of my loved ones who made the last year so wonderful. It is a privilege and a joy to age! (At least until I'm 40 and then omgiamgoingtofreakout).
P.S. A poem from Gregory Corso, just for today.
Last year, Dane and I went on a trip to Ireland and I attempted to (almost) relive my undergrad Eurotrip days of minimalist packing. My goal was to bring just a carry-on for our 2-week trip and, while I was able to do it (packing list here), I learned a couple of lessons that I intend to employ this time around...