Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Andalusian Charm of Seville

Going back to Seville is like going back in time

Walking its cobblestone streets, exploring hidden passages that lead to gardens is a constant lost and seek game when you simply walk, but is also a modern and vibrant city, with people living and socializing until late hours, in a mixture of Tapas (appetizers) and Cañas (beers), with old and modern architecture as a background.

Forget GPS apps..., maps... and get lost. Look for the famous Giralda Tower, listen to the flamenco guitars and dancers on the plazas, while you are on the way to Guadalquivir river, main Seville's water body and also place where the historic Gold Tower is located. 

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sunset Bike Ride on the Mountains of Loulé

Sunset Bike Ride on the Mountains

My kind of meditation while coming back from Barranco do Velho, a countryside village located on the mountains of Loulé in Algarve, Portugal.

Friday, October 26, 2018

In Contact with Nature

Why are we attracted to be around nature...? 

There is something about being outdoors that attract some of us: the sense of adventure, the feel of discovery or simply the fact of coming back to our roots. Have you ever wonder why we all like the "scent of rain"? you know, that typical and very characteristic smell when rain comes.


Petrichor is a term coined in 1964 and it means in greek "stone" and "gods' blood".
The smell is produced by an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods and when rain comes, the oil is released into the air along with another compound, geosemin, which is the vital importance to soil systems, which translates into: growth -> fruits -> food = Life.

There are certain traits that still remain unconscious reactions on our bodies, as Petrichor is, there is also common things as goosebumps, a body reaction that still is present from the time our ancestors were chimps.

To think...

Next time, while being out there, take a deep breath, feel the air filling your lungs, listen to the wind and birds chirping their symphony in a mixture of chaos and instincts, feel every beat of your heart as a ticking clock that reminds you that nothing last forever and life is to be lived until it fades away. Reconnect, enjoy and live.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Visiting Amalia Beach in Southwest Alentejo

Visiting Amalia beach in the coast of Alentejo

Hidden somewhere in southwest Alentejo there is a beach that still keeps its wild essence, The Amalia beach, name given to remember the famous Fado singer Amalia Rodrigues.
A walk by the tundra while hearing the soothing sounds of a near by river reveals, behind bushes and bamboos, a wild beach visited by a charming waterfall.

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When visiting wild locations like this one bear in mind:

  • Always bring your trash back
  • Don't spoil the vegetation
  • Basically... leave no trace

Friday, August 10, 2018

Visiting Povoa e Meadas Dam in Castelo de Vide

Visiting Povoa e Meadas dam after Festival Andanças

Visiting Povoa e Meadas Dam in Castelo de Vide, where Festival Andanças used to take place before the big fire of 2016.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Festival Andanças 2018 - Closing Party Ceremony

Closing Party Ceremony of Andanças 2018

Last day of Dance Festival Andanças, it's time to party! :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunset Bike Ride: From Quinta do Lago to Faro

Bike ride by the Ria Formosa

Unpaved road from Quinta do Lago to Faro Airport. This is a great place for biking, walking or simply to enjoy the great views the Ria Formosa can give :) 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Moments of Cimbrea Folk Festival 2018 in Aracena, Spain

Folk Dance Festival Cimbrea

Cimbrea Folk Festival is an event happening once a year in the region of Huelva in Andalucia. On past editions the festival took place in the village of Almonaster La Real, but in 2018 it moved to the city of Aracena, it's a family kind of festival that is supported but the member's contributions.
It was a full weekend of workshops, music, dance and friendship.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Serra da Estrela... amazing place!

Photo journey in the snowy Serra da Estrela

If you are planning to visit Portugal, then you'd seriously consider visiting Serra da Estrela, you'll be delighted by the Nature of the area and the views around.

Serra da Estrela is the highest mountain range in Continental Portugal, counting with 1,993 meters at the highest point called "Torre". There is plentiful choice in accommodation, from hotels and resorts to hostels in the surrounding municipalities of Seia, Manteigas, Gouveia, Guarda and Covilhã.
If you visit the place, don't forget to try the famous serra da Estrela cheese, which recipe is more than 2000 years old.

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