This summer has been an absolute blast for me! Sunshine and hot temperatures since April and I can’t get enough of it. A summer that I thought I could just dream of – especially now… Mehr
Now it’s time to finally talk about our two-day trip to Lisbon. As you already know from my previous blog posts we stayed in Portugal at the Algarve coast for two weeks and in between, we drove the three hours north to visit the capital city for two days.
Previous Portugal blog posts: - number one including general information & recommendations for your own Algarve vacation as well as our favorite towns to scroll through and the yummiest food places - the second posts talks about our favorite beaches and breathtaking views you should not miss
We didn’t want to arrive and leave from different cities/airports and instead booked a cheap hostel for one night to stay in Lisbon in between our time at the Algarve because this was much cheaper.
We rented a car for our whole trip which I highly suggest you if you want to see more than your local beach and drove the 300 km to Lisbon early in the morning and left the next day in the afternoon.
It takes about three hours to get to Lisbon but for the way out you will need more time especially at evening rush hour.
To get to the city from the south you will pass the red bridge „Port 25 de Abril“ which slightly looks like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco :D and you will see the impressive statue of Christ.
Our hostel „Pensoa Praca da Figueira“ was located very centrally. It wasn’t luxury at all but super clean, cheap and everything we needed for the night. The breakfast was alright for that price, but I would rather go to a bakery next time.
We haven’t had enough time to really fully visit the city and do proper sightseeing. Also, we didn’t go to a museum which usually is a must in Lisbon because it has plenty of them.
We rather focused on walking through the streets and experiencing a bit of the typical Lisbon instead of the touristic attractions. Bairro Alto and Alfama are beautiful districts we scrolled through. We walked past several beautiful buildings such as Terreiro do Paco, Belém, Padrao dos Descobrimentos and Castelo de Sao Jorge.
We searched for the most popular picture spot in Lisbon with the old Tram…
And enjoyed the view from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte and Miradouro das Portas do Sol.
We walked along the Tajo Bay to see the Porte 25 de Abril from closer and took a Tuck Tuck to get back to our hostel.
Another thing I want to mention is that the houses in Lisbon are pretty old and not in a very good condition which is super sad because they could be made very pretty. But sadly there is not enough money to do so.
We had two great days in Portugal but I have to say that I feel like I haven’t seen anything of the city :D So I am for sure coming back to explore Lisbon some more and test their amazing vegan food places – if you didn’t know, Lisbon has many vegan places to offer but sadly I didn’t manage to go to any of them…
Have you already been to Lisbon? How do you like it? Would you want to go soon?
Since there was no Favorites Post for June, this blog post is going to be full of all my beloved ones from the last two month covering many different topics.
I completely fell in love with this caricature when I saw it on Pinterest. This is how I want my relationships to be. With my boyfriend/husband, my friends and my family. This is how every good relationship should be like in my opinion.
I really am, and I love it! So many opportunities, chances, new beginnings, a lot of time and even more things to do. But everything is my choice!
I want to start with something that is very close to my heart and that I want to get into even more myself which is sustainability. I have always been very nature-friendly and the health of our earth was always important to me but just for the last year, I started getting into it more, learning, trying, failing and giving my best.
I would never ever say that I am suuper eco-friendly and sustainable because I still do so much that could be improved and I know that, but not everything is possible when you live at home with your family and don’t have a lot of money. But I don’t want to procrastinate at all – I try my best and I will slowly but surely get better and better.
I have already shared some things that I swapped in our household to make it more eco-friendly in this post and last month I have been to a Zero Waste Shop that sell plastic free products and food that you can fill up in your own container. It was so much fun and I was super impressed by how many things they have, that you could easily buy instead of the regular, in plastic covered stuff.
I can highly recommend to everybody to go into a Zero Waste store and bring your own container or mason jars to fill up all kinds of grains, oats, muesli or flour. They also had washing powder, vegan spread, milk products and syrups or oils in large containers.
You can also buy soap bars, deodorant, body butter and other sustainable beauty products without plastic and most of their stuff is organic too.
If you are also interested in learning more about an eco-friendly lifestyle, sustainability and zero waste check out Pia Kraftfutter and Corinna Fee (both German) as well as Sarah Lemkus and Ellen Fisher
I have already talked about my favorite books from the last few months but I still wanted to mention two of them – my absolute favorites – in this post which are „Die Bücherdiebin“ and „Die Welt wie wir sie kannten“
For your vacation in Portugal, I downloaded the 30-day free trial of Lightroom to edit my pictures more professional and I completely fell in love with this program. I know that it’s nothing new or special and everyone is already using it, but I just discovered how amazing it is and now I need to pay for it every month… but it’s so worth it!
I didn’t eat very good at the beginning of July because we were on vacation and white bread and cheese couldn’t be avoided completely. Back home I tried to eat completely vegan and very healthy which was pretty successful besides the fact that I ate out a lot (but still mostly healthy and vegan).
And I have been eating my beloved blackberries in huge amounts cause I found many blackberry bushes near my home and picked them every day.
Also, I made my favorite Banana Bread again. Usually, the recipe is made with raspberries but this time I tried it with frozen blueberries and it was super delicious. Very soft and mushy at the same time – just how I love my Banana Bread!
Werbung / Ad // After my last phone case broke I needed a new one, that protects my phone better, especially for my adventures in Australia. That’s why I was super happy to be able to cooperate with handyhuellen.de and got a new case for my iphone 6 that covers the glass sides and still isn’t too think. I decided to go for a basic grey one with a sea through back so I could but my own pictures in there and change it when I feel like it, but there are so many different phone cases available on their side. Thank you Handyhüllen!
What are your favorites this month? Do you like blueberries as well? How do you feel about the relationship caricature?
This weather is crazy! I can’t believe how lucky we are to have such a wonderful summer this year. Especially because I have lots of time to enjoy it (besides working – but still), soak it all in and it’s perfect to spend a lot of time with my friends before I’m going to be gone for a while.
I am still working on all the preparations for my adventure in Australia and I will probably share another post with my plans and some tips on how to plan your own longterm stay in Australia soon.
But for now, we are going to review the last month and look back on everything that happened in July 2018.
My month started with a family vacation to Portugal for two weeks where I really fell in love with the Algarve and its beautiful coastline.
I already posted two blog posts: one about some general information and recommendations for Portugal and all the cute little cities and towns that I suggest you to visit while your trip and the second one about our favorite beaches at the Algarve and two breathtaking photo spots you shouldn’t miss. Next week a post about our two days in Lisbon will follow.
After being back home I started working again and tied to get as many hours as possible so I can save a lot for Australia and I also had to run some errands before I’m leaving. I needed to get a new passport, applied for my working holiday visa, searched for a good comfortable and light daypack and arranged some appointments at the doctor and dentist before I leave.
I went to Leipzig with my friend to visit her new apartment because she is starting a dancing apprenticeship there and we scrolled through super cool streets. Leipzig is really awesome with vegan food and cute hipster cafés and I really would like to study there myself one day. We went to an Asian restaurant and ate freaking delicious food! I had a salad with tofu and a fresh lemon sauce, which was all I wanted in this weather and also Luisa’s ramen soup tasted amazing.
After a way to long time I’ve been to Crops – a vegan bistro again with an old primary school friend and we ate their delicious quinoa and sweet potato salad and lots of yummy cake.
As per usual my monthly reviews only consist of food dates with friends :D But that’s just what we do – there isn’t any better combination than good food and good conversations with good friends!
That’s why Luisa needed to show me a new Asian bistro that offers lots of very cheap, healthy and freaking yummy dishes. It’s called SU MO and I totally fell in love with this place. They have sushi, rice dishes, ramen, udon and salads on their menu as well as spring rolls and veggie dumplings as a starter and many vegan options with and without tofu and I really would like to test all vegan options in the future because they sound and look super good!
But for this time we went for udon soup (udon is a pasta soup with pretty thick „spaghetti“) as well as spring rolls and dumplings for starter and a passionfruit drink we shared and for all this deliciousness we only paid 16€!! We’ll definitely come back.
Afterward, we went to IKEA to look for some furniture Luisa needs for her new apartment and I could not resist buying two new plates. I am just addicted to beautiful dishes :D
The last weekend in July there is a free outdoor summer cinema in the park and we managed to at least go to one movie called „Weit“ (Engl. „wide“) a documentary about a couple who traveled for three years without flying and documented their journey and I can highly recommend watching it because it is very interesting and inspiring.
And something very wonderful happened to us: we were sitting next to a group of friends that were a bit older than us and they asked us if we would like to have some of their cake. I was so impressed by this yummy act of kindness and the blueberry chocolate cake tasted amazing!
For the last three days, I’ve been in Vienna for a city trip with Anna as you have probably already seen in my Insta-Stories. The reason why I’m not able to show you any pictures on here is that I am pre-writing this blog post, but I will for sure make a Vienna travel guide including all the cool spots that we visited, so stay tuned for that!
- A post with 12 Things with random facts like a life update went online
- I shared my favorite books, videos and podcasts with you
- posted the recipe for a healthy vegan chocolate mousse dessert which is soo delicious
- and the two posts about our stay in Portugal. One covering some general tips and recommendations as well as cute little towns you need to visit and the second one about our favorite beaches at the Algarve and breathtaking viewpoints you definitely shouldn’t miss
For August there are already some appointments scheduled. I am going to meet up with Katja from amoureuxee.de and we will hopefully take some lovely pictures together like we did last year.
I want to go to Wernigerode because I consider studying there and want to have a look at the uni and the town before. Also, I am going to meet up with my cousin who will visit me in Australia because we need to plan our three weeks together and book some accommodations for that time.
With my two best friends I am going to Berlin for one day to enjoy the capital city and its amazing vegan food and I am going to the Mogli Concert in Leipzig which I am so so excited about!
gratitude – things I am thankful for this month
- I am very thankful for some rest, stillness and me-time on vacation without the pressure of working on my blog or preparing something for Australia because the internet at our Finca wasn’t very good and I took lots of time to read and chill in the sun.
- I am so thankful for my brother who is totally into photography and videography for about a year which is so helpful and practical for me as well and it is so much more fun to think about good picture spots, locations etc. when your not alone and it’s easier to get amazing shots when your photographer knows what to do (at least kind of :D)
- I am thankful for feeling happiness and excitement for my friends and to be pleased for exciting things happening in their life cause it makes me happy as well.
How has your month been? Did you go on vacation? How do you enjoy this hot weather?