Recipe: Roasted Veggies

Food

Hey everyone! Today I decided to share a roasted vegetables recipe with you guys. It’s super tasty and super quick and easy to prepare. I really like to have vegetarian meals sometimes, they’re healthy and tasty. You can pair this recipe with anything you’d like for a meat option of course.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 little potatoes
  • Half of a courgette
  • Few tablespoons of olive oil
  • Herbs to preference
  • salt

How to make this

First pre-heat your oven (200⁰C – 390⁰F) I start out by peeling the onion and the garlic cloves as well as taking of the skin from the squash, courgette and potatoes. You can also add more vegetables or different than the ones I used of course. After this I cut all the veggies in medium sized chunks (bigger veggies take longer to cook but everything shrinks and will already become small so cutting them small will make them tiny).

Next put all the veggies on a baking tray and sprinkle with the herbs (I usually put Italian herbs and salt, the pictures are from when I did it with dried parsley, paprika powder and salt and spread the oil evenly over all the vegetables. Then just put the veggies in the oven and roast them for about 30-40 minutes, I just roast them until they are soft and the pieces of onion kind of separate from each other as well as the butternut squash soft (or roast until they feel offended).

I like pairing this with rice or spaghetti and tomato sauce (kind of like vegetarian spaghetti Bolognese). Here I paired it with scrambled egg and spiced roasted chickpeas. Bon appétit !

 

Sara, out 🙂

Welcome 2018

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Hi Everyone!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been active here. I decided to take a small break from the blog since November, i was not only busy at uni but I also wanted to start fresh in 2018 and renew my planning for the blog and spend more time on it as well. I hope you don’t mind the fact that I’ve been gone for like 2 months, but like I said I just wanted to take a break and start fresh!

So having said all of that: HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Yes, now that 2018 is upon us we can start with a fresh and clean slate for this upcoming year. I myself am pretty excited for what’s coming, even though I don’t know what’s coming, I like to keep a positive output into this year. I decided to break down a list of things that I wanted to change for this year, maybe you guys can draw inspiration from these things or actually do the same things, but whatever it’s going to be i’m trying to keep an open mind for the things I put on this list as I know myself that things will change or switch around. 2017 for me personally was such a growth year, I got to do some really amazing things and I created so many memories that I’m so grateful for.

I’m going to try to go into 2018 with that in mind because 2017 taught me a lot and it gave me some amazing moments which give me motivation and positivity for 2018. So without further ado, here comes my list of goals/achievements/aspirations etc..:

#1. I want to learn how to play the piano.

Yes, the piano. I know this is going to be a challenge and a lot of time input but I actually used to play a little bit of piano and I just never stuck to it and don’t know anything anymore. But I love singing and I want to try to play the piano and maybe start writing songs and further my passion I guess.

#2. Become a better planner.

I feel like this is one of those things many of us humans want, it is often difficult but I honestly think that it’s so important to keeping up with your surroundings and keeping your life organized. I also want to be able to create a planning that I can stick to and be honest about planning and procrastinate less. This last one is difficult but again. With good planning comes great responsibility and we can all use some good planning so trying is the motto here.

#3. Travel more.

I have been quite fortunate to be able to travel a lot in my life and I absolutely love going to new places or even places I’ve been before and create memories and experience new things. I have created a bucketlist of places I want to go and not all of these places necessarily are places I can go or want to go to this year but of course with time I will try to visit or fulfill most of the things on my travel-bucketlist.

#4. Workout more.

I actually used to have a tight workout schedule but with changes of moving and trying to get settle in one place it’s been left on the back-burner and so I want to try to restart my training schedule and stick to it. I think with this one of those things where health becomes a priority.

#5. Become a better blogger.

Blogging for me is such a therapeutic thing to do and I want to be able to stick to a better planning schedule as well and create more content that either inspires other people or for entertainment of course.

#6. Read more books.

I am currently reading like 5 books at the same time so that’s good but I just want to read different kind of books and try to spend more time reading than on my phone. Reading for me is a way to relax as well as be more creative (I don’t know if that makes sense lol) it just helps make your brain more active and alive I feel like so yeah.

#7. Create more through photography.

I want to try to express art through photography. I’ve always liked photography but I want to kind of get more into it and try different techniques and creations and etc. I actually have we heart it (just therandomwritersara on there ) and that is something that gives me more inspiration so I kind of want to return the favor and create a source of inspiration for other people.

 

Sara, out :).

be-leaf me, coziness is upon us

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Hey everyone!

For today I wanted to share with you guys some of my favourite autumny things I’ve been loving ❤ autumn is like one of my favourite seasons because of the coziness… I know you can create coziness anywhere and anytime but the months October until December create coziness the best. So this post will be a little bit random but just grab a mug with any hot beverage and grab ya candles cuz we gettin’ rambly.

 

  1. Chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts are like my favourite autumn snack because they’re so tasty and in season (yet so expensive </3) and soooooo good. I’ve been eating these like so much. What we do is roast them with some salt, the salt enhances the flavour makes them even better.

  1. Onesie

I have some kind of owl onesie and it’s so fluffy and warm and like my favourite thing to wear at home besides my pj’s. I’m so glad that the time for onesies has arrived.

  1. Candles

I really like cinnamon apple scented candles, it makes my room smell like fresh apple pie just as toasty as me in my onesie and I love it!

  1. Fairy lights

I feel like fairy lights make your room instantly cozy. I put mine draped across my wall and it’s the only light I use just about (and my candlelight of course). They’re also super cute and you can get them in pretty much any shape or size you want (mine are just simple little fairy lights).

  1. Sweaters

It’s finally getting colder here in Portugal so I’ve been wearing more sweaters and I’ve been able to have that toasty warm feeling at uni that I can also have at home, it’s truly amazing. I also really like pairing them with little ankle boots, I feel like it makes me look more put together, rather than selectively participating.

 

I would like to mention too that it’s almost Christmas and a lot of stores already have Christmas decoration up and I’m in love with Christmas and AHHH, and so I’ve been listening to Christmas songs here and there, no shame. Anyway, that’s it for today I’ll write to you in the next post!

Sara, out

 

Recipe: latteeeeeeee

Food

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share with you my recipe for a Cozy Cinnamon Caramel Latte (the one mentioned in my October faves post). The name is pretty self-explanatory but it’s so worth sharing. So here we gooooo:

Ingredients
coffee (duuhhh)
milk
caramel syrup
cinnamon
whip cream (optional)
marshmallows (optional)
How to create this mug of heaven
I start of by putting the caramel and a little bit of cinnamon in the coffee without the milk, this just gives the caramel some time to melt into the coffee. Then I just       add the milk and but some whipped cream on top and a little bit more cinnamon on top. I did put marshmallows on the ingredients list but for some reason I can’t find marshmallows here in any supermarket so I don’t put some on my, but for the whole cozy factor, it’s mainly a suggestion 🙂

I know this was kind of short but I really wanted to share this recipe with you so ye. I really hope you enjoyed today’s post and I hope you’ll give this a try! I don’t like caramel but yet I really like this so even if you don’t like caramel, you might enjoy this. I’ll write you in the next post :).

Sara, out.

Also:  drink with cookies ❤

Favourite Fridaaayyyyyy

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October 2017

Hey Everyone! I hope you’re ready for another Favourite Friday. Let me just get started by saying something that I’ll probably say every month from now on: IT’S ALREADY ALMOST THE END OF OCTOBER?????? Like I swear it was the 2nd of October a minute ago…. Anyway, this month I have some random things I’d like to share with you guys. I have some shower products, a beverage, to be fancy and… a mug? So while I’m drinking said beverage and listening to my fall chill playlist (post coming soon), sit back and enjoy the read!

Soooo My Mug
I don’t really know where you would categorize that in but uhm.. yeah. So the mug was in my last post’s mention and I thought I’d add it in here, I just LOVE this mug. The mug is from Ale-Hop, I have only seen this shop in a couple of places in Spain and Portugal. The mug I have has a little cloud with rainbow rain coming out of it and a smiley face on the cloud with a quote on the other side that says: ‘Baila Bajo La Lluvia’. To be honest I drink from this mug like pretty much every day. I don’t know what’s so magical about drinking from this mug but it makes me feel really cozy because of the quote as well as the cute little drawing on one side. What’s great about the mugs from this shop is that they have a huge variety and all have little quotes and cute drawings.

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My Beverage and snacky-snack
With said mug comes a cozy beverageeeee. So at the beginning of this month I really wanted to create a drink that would make me feel hella cozy and it has honestly made me feel cozier than ever. So I named the drink ‘’cozy cinnamon caramel latte’’ that’s a lot of c’s. I don’t know if this already exists, I mean I’m not the most creative person on this earth so I wouldn’t be able to think of a name or a recipe more elaborate but I had all these ingredients and I just wanted something quick and easy. I actually have an upcoming post on the recipe,so stay tuned for that.

My snack of the month I have something that is so additive. I cannot say it’s healthy but I don’t have any health police knocking on mah door, so I couldn’t care less. They are chocolate chip cookies…. Yes there’s just something about chocolate cookies that make me happy. Must be the chocolate. So I’ve been munching on those with this particular beverage and it makes me the happiest person in the world.

Shower
For the first shower product of this month I have a confession: I use like 4 different shower gels… yes I know it’s a lot. For me to be using just 1 every single day… is rare since I like to switch it around. But this month’s favourite is The Body Shops strawberry shower gel. It has cold pressed strawberry seed oil in it and it smells soooo good, it’s perfect for autumn too because it does have a little bit of a cozy scent and it just feels good on the skin, for me it is perfect. It’s also almost finished so repurchase on its way. I also really like Body Shop products since most of them, if not all, are cruelty-free.

The next shower product is a face wash. It is the Nivea Daily Anti-Impurity Gel Exfoliator. I really like this face wash because it’s one of the view that has actually been able to keep pimples at bay and away. I use this twice daily and I have sensitive skin so I can 10/10 confirm that it is gentle to use every day. It has little blue beads in it that exfoliate and the actual gel part really gives your face a squeaky clean feel. The scent is also pleasant so that’s a huge plus, can’t have weird smelling things on mah face.

 

 

I really hope you guys have enjoyed reading about my favourites this month and I hope you’ve found something that makes your heart warm like chocolate chip cookies do. And I will talk to you guys in the next post ❤ 🙂

 

 

My experience so far: Studying abroad

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Hey Everyone!
Today I’m going to talk about my experience as a student abroad. I’m going to start by telling you why I actually decided to go abroad to study. There were numerous factors as to why I wanted to go to my study destination;

  • Portugal. One is the language, I have a double nationality and am half Portuguese so I thought it would make sense to choose a country that I could actually speak the language of. Another one was the option of studies; I couldn’t find a college in the Netherlands that I really attracted to or the studies that I would enjoy.
  • Another thing for me was costs. Universities and colleges in the Netherlands can be very expensive and in Portugal education is a lot cheaper. A huge plus is that I could live with my grandparents while studying here so that would break down the costs as well.
  • The future. I never saw myself study (and eventually live there) in the Netherlands, it’s something I started thinking about in my last 2 years of high school. I started thinking about what I wanted to do and studying abroad seemed like a fun thing for me, I love travelling and I wanted to do something adventurous after high school, so I thought ‘why the heck not’. I knew I was going to do something with languages, it’s something I’m passionate about and I really enjoy learning languages. I started to do research on the same university my mom went to and I liked the idea of continuing a legacy of course, but most importantly doing something that I wanted to do and I would feel comfortable with because somebody in my environment already had the same experience.

After 2 years and mountains of paperwork, I got the results of my enrollment on the 9th of September, and: I got accepted!!! I couldn’t believe that I actually got accepted into my dream unit as well as my 1st option for the course: modern languages (English and French). My first weeks of unit so far have been really exciting, it’s a whole other experience and I really like it a lot, in high school I always felt pressured to do subjects that I didn’t like because ‘’it had good opportunities if one thing didn’t work out’’ but now I’m surrounded by things that I enjoy and subjects that I find interesting as well as people who share the same interests. I have good friends and I and I’m starting to perfect the language better every day! I have also become more accustomed to the way people live here, I feel like it’s less stressful than the Netherlands. I like the environment better, the fact that the weather is good (though I do miss sweater weather) and the way of life is more relaxed (food is also a huge +).

So yeah, so far I’m really enjoying and I do really miss my friends back in the Netherlands and some of my family. But I don’t regret anything at all. I do plan on visiting my friends soon, so that will fix my ‘’I miss my friends’’ thoughts and for now I’m just going to focus on my study and countdown to my next visit back the lower lands.

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post, and I hope you guys are having a good weekend, and I’ll write to you in the next post 🙂

How to get over a cold quickly; 5 tips

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So I recently got a cold and I actually got over it quickly (I hate colds, I mean nobody likes them, but I really, really hate colds) I decided to give myself a ‘’cold boot camp’’ where I tried to squeeze a cold that usually lasts 5 days for me in 3 or less days. So my ‘’cold boot camp’’ actually worked and I got over my cold within 3 days. It was quite the adventure. Basically what you would do for 5 days of having a cold, I tried to do everything a step ahead. I literally had all the symptoms in 3 days. So here is a list of 5 things that helped me get over my cold quickly.

  1. Magic drink

this tip is actually going to take you on a trip to the past. When I was little and couldn’t sleep or was sick of whatever, my mom used to make me a drink called ‘’magic drink’’ and she never told me the ingredients (I guess it gave me the actual magic thought since it never failed and I would think my mom was a magic fairy). Couple years ago I asked her what the actual ingredients were and she said: ‘’milk, honey and lemon peel’’. So there you go, a recipe for sleeping tight (and not letting the bed bugs bite) and sleeping warm and comfy (it’s all in the milk, boiss). So the milk is for making you sleep better (Idk how that works but ye), the honey for soothing the throat and the lemon for disinfecting. It’s actually really tasty and is an alternative to any other weird tasting, nasty liquid things.

  1. Tissues

If you ain’t got tissues you’ve got issues. Literally. I suggest buying a multi-pack of tissues because they’re going to be your best friend 2.0 during your cold. The trick here is to blow you nose rather than sniffing it back up, I always see people doing this and it doesn’t do anything useful. You’re just moving the bacteria closer to the brains where they tickle you, anyway. As I said. Blowing my nose also helps me being able to sleep better at night as I don’t get a stuffed nose and makes me breathe properly as well as getting my taste buds working again.

  1. Water

Drinking lots of water is basically going to make you pee more (to say it bluntly) and peeing is peeing out the bacteria, now this might be a theory of mine but it could well be true. I feel like it really works because you’re cleaning out your whole system. It’s like getting a cleanse. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, I suggest putting a slice of lemon in it, or some honey. And if you want to be even more extra, make yourself some warm water and honey. Nothing else. Just warm water and honey. This helps soothe the throat and it helps with disinfecting.

  1. Sleep

Now this a tip that you’ve probably heard before and it really doesn’t seem like a big deal. But really, between blowing your nose and drinking tea or water, I usually don’t feel like doing much but hibernate at home and keep warm. So sleep is the only other thing you can do. Getting sleepy sometimes doesn’t come easy but even lying down and watching a series, reading a book or whatever makes you feel better and does something. Basically: rest is important. It works every time, your body rests and does something new every day trying to overcome the cold, try speeding up that process by sleeping and resting.

  1. That syrupy thing we all had as a kid

Now I don’t really know what it’s called but I’m just going to call it syrupy thing. That syrupy thingy is basically for like the last day or so. I usually only cough a lot during the last couple of days. This is going to sound nasty but there’s a lot of slime and bacteria stuck in your lungs from the cold, so the only way to get it out is to cough, by drinking that syrupy thingy actually helps loosen it all up and getting it all out. It might not be tasty, but think about the bacteria :/ that’s not tasty either. So, drink it and cough all you want. just don’t try coughing out your lungs, I don’t suggest it. The syrup is just as magical as the magic drink. It usually works within half an hour and it really makes you breathe better and helps with all the slime as well as the cough.

So that is it for my tips, I hope I helped you in some way! I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post and I hope you all get over your colds quicker and that’ll you’ll all feel better. And I will write you next time!

Sara, out 🙂

 

disclaimer: I ain’t no doctah, but these are tips that worked based on my experience, so don’t ask me to show me my medicine degree because I don’t have one.

Yayyyy It’s Friday; Fave Friday

Favourites

September 2017

Hey Everyone! Today is going to be the first Favourite Friday!!! These are just the things I will be discussing this month doesn’t mean that it will be make up, music and books every month, it will vary.  So without further ado, let’s get started!

Make-up
I want to start off by saying that I’ve been buying more cruelty-free make up rather than animal tested products. It’s something I really care about; I like to do a lot of research on a specific brand when I want to buy a certain item. I’ve been wearing a lot of make-up lately and trying out a lot too, but these 3 items are the ones I’ve been enjoying the most and they’re all cruelty- free J. First off: The Make-up Revolution London Redemption Palette, the Iconic 3 one. I really like this palette and use it pretty much daily, it has a nice selection of neutral shades as well as shimmery shades for little extra bedazzling. I like that the shades last a long time, they don’t crease and are easy to blend. The next 2 items are both from NYX. I really like NYX products, they’re cruelty-free but they’re also good quality, I own quite a few products from them and I really don’t have any complaints. The Hot Singles Eye Shadows for example, I only have 3 but I wouldn’t mind buying more as they’re nice smooth eyeshadows and they have a nice selection of shades. The one I’ve been using a lot is in the colour ‘Stiletto’, it’s a light taupe shade and I’ve been using this mostly on my lid as an eyeshadow base. I only own one blush from them but nonetheless I really like it a lot. It’s easy to blend, lasts a long time, doesn’t look cakey and they have nice blush colours as well. The blush is the High Definition Blush in the colour ‘Hamptons’ and it is a pinky-coral shade that gives a nice natural flush of colour.

 

Reading
I’ve been reading a lot during lately, with school not having started yet at the beginning of the month, I had a lot of time. One thing I do is start multiple books at the same time, not for any reason at all, I just do. It’s a bad habit, but hey, I can enjoy multiple books all at the same time so it’s good. The 3 books I have been reading this September are:

  • The Origins of Species by Charles Darwin
  • A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton.
  • And A Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Origins of Species is a good book if you’re really into sciency things and the evolution. I just really wanted to read this book because I became really interested in History a couple years back and I love history and I specifically like the period of enlightment where it was so important for scientists and naturists to express the way the world worked. Education in the way the world was set up and how life began, became a really important subject for everyday life in that period. I really like learning about the important educational value of certain things in that period. So I decided to read the book for educational reasons and the fact that I wanted to know on what facts Darwin based his research and how he was treated fort his way of thinking and such. I really do recommend reading the book if you’re interested in the evolution and theories surrounding evolution as well as Darwin’s way of thinking.

A History of the World in Twelve Maps is another book about history but now much more the geographical value of history. The writer begins the book with an introduction to the different perspectives of world maps and how some people look at the world in one way but others in another way. The books are really interesting as it takes you through time and chronologically gives you the basic history of the world and the introduction of maps into the world of what it is today and how people used to look at the world in a geographical way. I can’t really explain what the book is about, you should really read it, especially if you like world maps (check!) and if you like history (check!). The book features pictures of different world maps from all kinds of ages and helps you build a picture with the stories.

The third book, A Long Way to A Small Angry Planet, is a book that I randomly came across in the bookshop and it just caught my attention, mostly because of the cover (it has a beautiful stargazy sky on the front) but also because of the title. I had never read sci-fi books and I never thought I would like them, even though I do like sci-fi films. But I just decided to give it a try, and when I started reading it I couldn’t put the book down! It’s such an unusual story and amazing creativity and imagination from the writers’ side. It’s a really good book if you’re very much of the details or even if you like forming specific pictures in your mind with what you’re reading, which I really like. The book is about a girl(Rosemary) who leaves her home planet and starts working on a spaceship (The Wayfarer) that travels through the galaxies. On the ship are different species whom she befriends and learns about their way of living. And then the crew gets an offer of a lifetime and takes it and that’s when the real adventure begins. When I bought this one I also bought the second one, which I can’t wait to read, but unfortunately, halfway through this month, I lost the first book, I can’t find it anywhere and AHHHH. But I might just get a new one and read it again I also I think I just put it somewhere and just forgot where and I haven’t really really lost it but oh well.

Music
I have been listening to 2 of my favourite artists a lot this month: Lana Del Rey and Oh Wonder. Oh Wonder is like my favourite band and they came out with their new album about 3 months ago and I’ve been listening to it like mostly non-stop. As well as the new Lana Del Rey album, like non-stop. Oh Wonder has something really mellow about their songs and so relaxing and peaceful and it really creates this vibe of relaxation.  Ultralife has been just like their last album (Oh Wonder OW) where there’s not one song that I skip of don’t like, which is really rare, OW couldn’t do that with their first album and neither with this album. All the songs are so good and my favourite ones are Slip Away, Bigger Than Love and Waste. When they released their promotional singles for the album they announced that they were selling signed copies of the album as well. I usually play songs on Spotify but I had to get the album and hearing the songs on an actual radio rather than on your phone or whatever is just amazing. You can hear all the individual instruments and it’s really exciting to hear!

Lana Del Rey her new album, Lust for Life has also been a favourite, I love her music style and the way she shows diversity in her voice and songs. I like they hopeful future vibe of this album, considering all the things going on in the world lately. It really shows where she stands as an artist and her opinion on these things. My favourite songs on the album are: White Mustang, Tomorrow Never Came (with Sean Ono Lennon AHHHHH) and Heroin. Her music style gives me vintage vibes, I like her Born to Die album a lot too!

Well everyone that’s it for this month’s Favourite Friday! Hope you guys enjoyed it and hope you have a nice October!! 🙂

This is not a sponsored post, I bought all these items myself, and all opinions are my own. The copyright in the pictures are for the photography work done, not for the actual items. Regarding the screenshot of the Lana Del Rey song: All Rights Reserved to Spotify and their service. All Rights Reserved for the artist of the music I specified in the post.

 

Lisbon As My Paradise

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Hey Everyone! Today we’re going to talk about Lisbon, another city I can’t get enough of. So yeah Lisbon: I have been there so many times already and every time I go I get this different vibe you just don’t get with other cities. For me it is almost like walking into Paradise. The white pavements and classic little café’s everywhere, The historical monuments and good food.

The Baixa District
The Baixa District is the centre of Lisbon and has amazing squares and monuments. My personal favourite to visit in the centre is Praça do commércio. It is the square located near the Tagus River. It has a statue of King José I.  The square has the notorious yellow buildings, which open up into this arc which takes you down to Rua Augusta. The street is linked with Rossio square. The square houses a statue of King Pedro IV and a big fountain. The little streets in Baixa are probably some of the highlights as well. They usually have really pretty Azulejos on their walls on the outside (some café’s for example have them on the inside too!). The tiles are notorious for Portugal as they mark Portuguese art and decorations. Something that I recommend looking at but not going in/on (unless you like long lines and waiting forever :’)). is the Santa Justa tower and kind of looks like the Eiffel Tower. It’s something I really want to go on but I just can’t find my patience standing in the long lines everytime I go. It is actually made by an apprentice of Monsieur Gustave Eiffel, Mesnier du Ponsard. It has a similar construction to the Eiffel Tower and is an elevator that has a café at the top and has a view over the Rossio square. Another well visited square is Praça da Figueira, it has a statue of King John I. There’s a lot traffic on the square, as it is used for taxi and bus stations but there are a lot of little cafés and restaurants to enjoy as well.

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The Belém District
‘Pastéis de Nata’ are the infamous little custard tarts to be found everywhere in Portugal. Buying them at the factory ‘Pastéis de Belém’ is a must. They’ve made them there since 1837 with the traditional recipe. The building is comparable to a historical food museum. The old cash machines as well as the old instruments they used ‘’back in the day’’ are displayed on different places in the café. Every time I go to the Belém area, I pick up some of their Pastéis de Belém and go to the Belém Park and eat them there. The next best thing to visit in Belem is the Monument of Discoveries. Which is a monument dedicated to the discoveries done by Portuguese adventurers in the 15th and 16th centuries. The monument is in de shape of a ship and has 33 important figures on it (such as monarchs, explorers, artists etc…)  that took part in the discoveries. The square in front of the monument is my favorite thing to look at besides the statue as it has a mapa mundi on the floor and is really pretty when looked at from the sky. You can go up to the statue (for as little as €2,50 for students) and fixate your eyes upon the prettiest view from up top of the mapa mundi as well as the city, which is really something worth doing while being there. The Belém area is also the home of the Torre de Belém. It is a fortified tower and was built during 1515 and 1521. It is certainly worth looking at but the queue to go in is always really long, so I do suggest going there early. Last time I went there, there was no line, but it was also shut so I guess you win some and lose some. In the Belém area you’ll also find the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. It is a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome. It is now however classified as a world heritage site, just like Torre de Belém. It has some really intricate designs and details.

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Beyond The City
Lisbon has so much more to offer than just its several squares and little streets. You can take the ferry to the other side of the Tagus River and go up to Cacilhas and visit the Christ Statue. I visited the statue this year and the trip up there was hot and a lot of getting lost (we didn’t want to take the bus). But once you’re up there the views are worth every meter. Not only is the view breathtaking. It is the statue itself; it brings a very weird feeling. Being up there looking at this huge thing. I actually couldn’t believe I was finally there as it was kind of a goal to go up there and visit the statue. As well as taking the ferry you can take a few stops on the metro and go to Colombo. It is one of the biggest shopping centres in Lisbon. It feels like it’s endless. But it has a lot of things that represent the discoveries as well. It has a mapa mundi on the floor (somewhere I couldn’t possibly tell you where as I get lost in there as well). The way the centre is decorated as well as built kind of makes you feel as if you’re on a cruise. It has lots of restaurants and is actually a perfect place to spend a day in. you can have lunch and dinner there as well as shop your wallet empty. The São Jorge Castle is a famous landmark in Lisbon and overlooks the entire city as well as the Tagus River. The first fortification was probably erected in 48 BC. The castle has served for many kings of Portugal but is now a cultural heritage. What’s great about Lisbon is that the metro lines go all over the city, you can buy day passes for the metro and go all over the place for €6,-. Parque das Nações has a train station (Gare d’Oriente) which takes you wherever you want in the country. Parque das Nações is also a really pretty area where you can see the biggest bridge in Europe as well as walk by the water and enjoy the view. Parque das Nações also has a cable line, which is really cool and gives nice views of the area.

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Thus concludes today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading about magical Lisbon. I definitely enjoyed reliving my adventure to one of my favourite places. There’s of course so much more to see and to do in Lisbon, I just included some of my favourite places that I’ve gone to as well as some of the things I still want to see in Lisbon. I hope I have given a good view of what Lisbon is like. Byeeeeeeeeeee

Sara, Out 🙂

 

 

Take Me To Space

astronomy

Hey everyone, today we’re going to talk about astronomy. Astronomy is not only my passion it is also a hobby. I love stargazing on my balcony and out from my kitchen window. Searching for the plough and from there locating Jupiter, which you can still can get a few of. I love getting my telescope out on clear summer nights and look at the moon, Jupiter, Saturn and the stars.

Astrophotography is something I’m really into and love experimenting with. I need to buy an adapter for my phone to plug on my telescope because I do have trouble making pictures, I usually just squeeze my camera through the lens when I have the 10mm , as the hole is super small. With 20mm the lens is bigger which makes it easier but the objects are further away so I just go through the extra trouble to get closer objects and this way better pictures. Something that has been passing by a lot is the International Space Station (ISS) however, the ISS is really difficult to photograph as it passes by quite quickly but I managed to get a nice shot of it. My favorite thing to photograph is for sure the moon. One of the main reasons for this is that it is a close object, therefore it is easy to get a lot of detail in one small picture. You get to see all the craters as well as the tranquility sea. Another reason is that I find the idea of people having stood on the moon extraordinary.

1918The fact that humans can go beyond our world and experience something that we only see in movies or series… I  don’t know how to explain this in a more sensible way.

 

 

Anyway, moving on. Something else I have nice views of is Jupiter, now Jupiter is something I have gotten a few of since January and it does get tinier as the earth spins further through the seasons. Nevertheless, it’s still something I recommend looking for if you have a telescope or even binoculars. As well as Jupiter you can also see it’s star, Spica. Most of the time when you see 2 bright objects about a meter apart, it could be Jupiter and Spica. For stargazing with my telescope I like to just put the 20mm lens on and not have a particular object to look at but just randomly move the telescope and look at different star clusters. Though I can’t photograph the clusters as the sky is too dark. But I like to see it as an adventure. I usually just put the 10mm with the Shorty 2x Barlow (which is an extender to look even further) as this gives me the best result for looking at more distant objects.

 

I also like drawing the constellations and stars that I see in a notebook, which i really do recommend for the sole purpose of being able to do research and to actually see objects in the sky as well as the ancient stories and discoveries behind the objects and stars.

Now, you guys should have seen this coming but here is my little solar eclipse rant. I’m really sad we could’t really experience it here in Europe. The next total solar eclipse in Europe will be in 2026. And I don’t have that kind of patience. However, I am already excited for it 🙂 For now though I’m going to stay simple with locating objects in the night skies and I will continue experimenting with my telescope as well as my camera.

I think this concludes today’s post, I hope you all enjoyed reading this and that you are all as excited for the next solar eclipse as I am.

Sara, out 🙂