The NYC posts: The first NYC highlight!

One of the highlights of my NYC solo trip was definitely the TOP OF THE ROCK!

The view from the top of Rockefeller Center was simply astonishing…

All of Manhattan right there before my eyes!

I stayed there from 5:30pm onwards because a friend of mine had told I couldn’t miss the sunset. She just forgot to mention the sunset would be around 9:30, summer time 🙄

So I waited…. and waited… until finally the sun decided to set… and these pictures try to capture the beauty of it but it’s impossible.

It’s breath taking (much like Dubai, you need to stop and stare to fully grasp your surroundings)!

The photos can’t show the colors, can’t show the way buildings reflect the light as the day turns into night!

It was simply a privilege to see.

It was magical!

I might post a few more (or a lot more!) pictures of my trip because there were so many important and meaningful moments that I’d love to share!!

Plus when you’re by yourself you have too much time to think…

I thought: “what am I doing here by myself?”

“Why did I come alone if this is something I wanted to share so badly with someone?”

And ultimately I found my own answer…

I’ve done it because Life provided me with the opportunity to do it at that time. Not before, not after. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it later on. So I took it. And I thank the people who incentivized me going alone. I thank them for giving me that chance.

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The NYC posts: New York, New York! 💙

Exactly one year ago I was in the middle of my trip to New York!

What an adventure!

I went solo on this one and I remember how terrified I was of traveling alone.

I felt it was something I had to do and I’ve done it.

At the end of the day, I felt safe and not lonely as there were so many tourists traveling on their own!

But what I remember the most was the feeling of overcoming a fear.

A feeling of independence, true freedom and empowerment which changed the way I saw myself.

I haven’t traveled by myself since then but I think I’d do it again.

Although I did love everything I learned, I’d love to go back in good company to share the few things I haven’t done on my own.

The city’s atmosphere is just amazingly insane!

You can see the history in the buildings, you’re taken to the movies you watched and “see” them happening there.

I would say I didn’t completely fall in love with traveling alone but I definitely fell in love with New York!

Regarding the lone traveling… I definitely think at some point everyone should do it, even if just for a week, somewhere they feel safe.

It’s a life lesson.

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To the paintors out there!

To all the paintors out there: I have a challenge for you!

Some might take it, others might not even read this… it’s ok… I understand!

Anyway, here it is…

I play with words and try to describe everything through my words.

I would love to see how words can translate into colors and shapes… I would love to see how you translate the idea of Love into a blank canvas.

I would love to see it through your eyes and your art!

What’s your vision of love?

But not any kind of love…

Love in its purest and most sincere form.

Untainted.

Pain free love.

Unconditional, open, promising love.

The first love.

The truest one, undamaged by the following learnings.

The peace you felt, your safe haven.

The fireworks of raw Passion making you feel Alive.

The overwhelming feeling.

These are my words… what’s your painting?

Are you in?

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Home in a few words

How beautiful is my home town?

Surrounded by sunshine, blue sky and the river blue waters.

A city built over hundreds of year’s of rich history and stories.

It’s always a bitter sweet feeling while being here.

It’s my home but in a way, it’s not home anymore.

For people who live abroad, something in you has changed and you’re excited to come home but when it’s time to go back, you feel like you’re going back home too!

Not everyone understands, as I guess one really needs to create a new life somewhere else other than your home country to be able to understand what it’s like to have “two homes”.

It’s your home but it’s as if you don’t fully belong anymore.

One has your heart, the other has your brain and effort to build the life you once envisioned for yourself.

One is the love of your life which you can’t really have.

The other is what’s been given to you and you feel lucky to have taken it.

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Love and a Shed

Some pictures are just beautifully inspiring…

they carry you immediately to a place, a feeling, an alternative real world out there.

You can see yourself there, with a story to tell and many stories to live ahead.

What a dream this would be!

A far away dream in the ultimate simplicity.

The true definition of “Love and a Shed”!

Photo by @cannonmatt

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Be Original. Be you.

Yes, it’s beautiful when you free yourself from other people’s expectations about who you should be.

Some will think you’re too sweet or too nice.

Others will think you’re too quiet.

Others will think you’re weird.

Others will think you have a temper.

People form their opinion on you based on a tiny interaction… based on a fraction of who you really are.

They’ll judge you by the way you talk (or don’t), the way you dress, the way you laugh….

They will judge you as per their own versions of truth and “standards”.

There’s no way you’re going to please everyone.

So… do yourself a favor and please yourself.

Be the person you want to be.

And be true to your own standards.

Free yourself from judgmental conclusions.

Don’t judge anyone, regardless if others judge you or not. Judgement comes often with ignorance.

Improve yourself.

Be the best version of you.

Focus on yourself.

Be confident enough to not live your life depending on other people’s opinions.

Respect them but don’t allow them to define you.

It’s a work in progress.

Don’t waste it and make it count.

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A Nation’s Dream in a World Cup

World Cup kickoff was yesterday.

The world is now watching and thinking of one thing only. How is their country going to do in the World Cup?

I wonder why we put so much faith and trust in our team.

I think it’s because those 11 players are bringing yourself out there for everyone to see it.

They represent millions of people.

Portugal is a small, beautiful country.

Unfortunately poorly managed, with lots of corruption in between.

However… the football team aims higher. It aims to bring us back into the world as once before.

It wants to make a whole Nation Proud. And the 10 million Portuguese people want and need to feel Proud at times like these.

So we support these 11 individuals, who get together as One Team, as One Nation, to make a statement for us.

To speak for us, to show who we are.

If we lose, FairPlay will be here to say… better luck next time.

But we don’t aim for better luck next time.

We dream of Victory.

We dream of Pride, with full heart and soul with those guys, who in 90 minutes need to give it all, to make their dreams come true.

Because their dreams are somehow ours too.

The official Portugal World Cup song has been released and it says it all:

“Sometimes I feel like giving up but I just can’t, it isn’t in my blood.”

It’s been adjusted to say (in Portuguese):

“Eu sou o que trago comigo. Se acreditar, sonho contigo.” (I’m what I’m carrying with me. If I believe, I’ll dream of you.)

“Eu vou acreditar que vamos conseguir, que vamos conquistar. Nós somos Portugal, uma só voz no coração!” (I believe we’re going to make it, we will conquer it. We are Portugal, one single voice in our heart!)

Especially when you live abroad, these words echo and make so much sense.

It’s bigger than the Cup, bigger than the title.

It’s a feeling inside that you want to show the world.

We are not looking for arrogance nor lose our humbleness.

We want to feel Proud as a Nation. So we believe.

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(Portugal World Cup Song)

In My Blood – Shawn Mendes