It has been over 2 years since I’ve been living in Lisbon. This period has coincided pretty well with Lisbon’s tourism boom and the good and bad that come with it. Although tourism has been a boon for the Portuguese economy in general, it has also brought some downsides with … more »
Welcome to “the old continent”!
With its imposing buildings, cities full of history, traditions that infuse a little bit of all the cultures that have come and gone… We want to find out the differences between countries that are similar on the surface but have a lot of personality in the little details.
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Snorkeling Between Continents in Iceland
When we rented a car to explore Iceland, the folks from the rental car company told us that we could also book activities in the country via their sister company Iceland On The Web. We didn’t exactly know what things we’d want to do yet. But one thing is for … more »
Tips for Driving in Iceland During Winter
Iceland was on our travel wish list for a long, long time. A couple of summers ago, we thought of traveling to this country to explore all around, but that trip never ended up happening. We decided to stay in Stockholm for a while, instead. Earlier this year, our friend … more »
What the Crystal Cave in Iceland is Really Like
Even though winter is not the high season in Iceland, there are several advantages of visiting the country during the colder months. One of them is that the impressive ice tunnels and crystal caves are only open when the freezing temperatures guarantee that these natural sites are stable and safe … more »
Snowmobile adventure with Mountaineers of Iceland
Growing up in India, I didn’t get to see a lot of snow. While snowfall is common high up in the mountains during winter, you still need to take a trip for several hours to get above the snow line. I remember the first time I saw snow in Shimla, … more »
Fun Facts and Observations about Iceland
We traveled to Iceland during winter, and we didn’t get to go all over the island. As I know even people from tiny countries (I’m from Portugal!) get pretty specific about the things that apply to one region but may not apply to another, allow me to clarify that the … more »
Learning How to Make Serra da Estrela Cheese from Scratch
We recently took a trip around the Central Region of Portugal. The places we visited were charming. The people were kind. But the food, oh the food, that was the absolute highlight of it all! In a way, it’s all connected. The beautiful ingredients and preparations we got to taste … more »
Why You Need to Explore the Central Region of Portugal
I was recently talking with a foreign friend here in Portugal and she mentioned something that I had never actually thought about. In Portugal, people tend to be proud of their job. It doesn’t really matter what they do for a living, folks tend to do it with dignity and … more »
Marvel at Marvila, The Off Beat Street Art Neighborhood of Lisbon
Among its many charms, Lisbon is a perfect city canvas for street art. If the cobblestone paths beneath your feet and the typical tiles decorating buildings’ facades weren’t enough of a visual treat, Lisbon is also home to an impressive ever-changing collection of public art. The “open-air museum” of Lisbon … more »
The Age of Industrial Tourism in S. João da Madeira, Portugal
Nowadays, almost anything can be turned into a touristic experience. Traveling around the world, I’ve come across some pretty silly examples of this. Folks from rich countries paying to ride a bullock cart in the Cambodian countryside comes to mind, for example. But on the other end of the spectrum, … more »