Africa, Life

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Sigh! I’m too young to retire. But I’m not too young for a sabbatical. :-) I recently moved to Nairobi to do an internship for the summer (which happens to be winter here) and I am finding it extremely hard to write and concentrate on working hard and making a good impression. Bref,  I will be taking a break from blogging. I hope that you’ll take good care of yourself while I’m “away”. I’ll continue to log in from time to time and quietly stalk your blogs like a good friend would.
Also, thank you so much for reading my posts. My readership has continued to grow and I keep asking myself why on earth you find any of this interesting, but I truly thank you for coming here to listen to me. Thank you for sharing, reblogging and liking my posts and Facebook page (even if you gave my last two posts the cold shoulder, yes, I noticed). I would say I love you, but I’ll keep it light and say you mean a lot to me. Take care of yourselves, I need you alive when I get back.

Bisous et à plus tard !

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Europe, Food, Portugal

Francesinha

Allow me to introduce you to Portugal’s  best kept secret. The name Francesinha means “Little French girl” and this Portuguese sandwich has almost every kind of meat you can imagine; ham, sausage, steak and linguica. It is covered in cheese and served with beer sauce and french fries. Restaurante Regaleria in Porto is where the first plate Francesinha was served. The story behind the sandwich is that a Portuguese chef returned from France after living there for some time and found Portuguese girls to be ‘colder’ than French girls. So he created this sandwich and served it with a very spicy sauce to ‘warm the Portuguese women up’ and make them take their clothes off (I know, PG 18). I’m just the messenger!

Francesinha

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Port Wine or “Vinho do Porto” is a strong fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. It’s usually dry  and has a little bit of rum added to it, if you ask me. That’s probably why I really loved it. I hope you will try these if ever you come across them on your menu.

Port Wine

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It’s been at least two weeks since I last posted and I’m ashamed at how lazy I’ve been to post something. Forgive me, that’s also the exact amount of time I’ve been in the motherland and I’ve been too busy stuffing my face to make up for lost weight. Anyways, let’s talk about Porto.I loved it. Absolutely loved it. The people have such a laid back vibe, which is something I needed around the time I went to Porto. It’s a side of Europe that you really need to see. The tiled buildings with bright orange roofs really make you feel at home.

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If you’re in Europe on a relatively low budget, I would say Porto is the place to visit. The city is the perfect size so all the major tourist sites are within walking distance. Plus there is a free walking tour everyday twice a day organised by

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Brussels, Europe, Photography, Travel

Brussels

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The Atomium

This trip was a total accident. When I was booking my ticket to go to France in January, I didn’t pay any attention to the return leg of the journey. So about one month ago, while I was getting ready to come back home, I noticed that I had a 22 hour lay over in Brussels. But when life gives you lemons, you turn them into your first lay over adventure. I landed in Brussels at about 1pm local time and didn’t waste a single second. I took a cab straight to my hotel for the night, dropped my hand luggage, touched up my make up (yes, I’m that girl) and headed straight into the city.

I want to live in Brussels at some point in this life. That basically sums up how I feel about Brussels. It’s exactly what I like in a city. It’s big but not too big, beautiful but not too glamorous, not the cheapest but not too pricey and most importantly, you can easily get around without having to go underground. So knowing that I only had about six hours of day light, I went straight to the Atomium and Mini Europe Park. I saw mini versions the major sites of at least 50 European countries  and I think it was a lovely way to close my first session of European travels.

One of other reasons I fell in love with Brussels was the bilingual nature of the city. Almost everyone speaks both French and Dutch and they flow seamlessly between the two. Even the tram lady says the name of each stop in French and in Dutch. It’s fascinating to see how the same word changes in pronunciation and spelling. But that might just be because I’m in a committed relationship with languages.

After walking across the entire continent, my legs gave way and I had to run straight home to bed (yes, even Superwoman needs sleep). I planned to eat a nice dinner somewhere but my exhaustion led me to settle for a snack. I was tickled to discover that what we call “un kebab” in France means absolutely nothing in Brussels. Nevertheless, the Spanish people from Barcelona taught me how to use my hands so I was able to get some variation of my favourite snack.

 

I hope this story has inspired to take a slightly longer flight and explore a new city on your next trip.

Thank you for reading!

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Europe, Food, Photography, Portugal, Travel

Porto

 

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It’s been at least two weeks since I last posted and I’m ashamed at how lazy I’ve been to post something. Forgive me, that’s also the exact amount of time I’ve been in the motherland and I’ve been too busy stuffing my face to make up for lost weight. Anyways, let’s talk about Porto.I loved it. Absolutely loved it. The people have such a laid back vibe, which is something I needed around the time I went to Porto. It’s a side of Europe that you really need to see. The tiled buildings with bright orange roofs really make you feel at home.

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If you’re in Europe on a relatively low budget, I would say Porto is the place to visit. The city is the perfect size so all the major tourist sites are within walking distance. Plus there is a free walking tour everyday twice a day organised by Wild Walkers Tours. Dining in a  nice restaurant won’t cost you no more than 15 euros total so eat up, my friends. The city won’t overwhelm you with glamour and it’s not too touristy, it’s more about the culture there.

If you thought the French “n” was nasal, meet the Portuguese “ã” and “õ”. This has got to be the most interesting sound I’ve heard in my entire life. Please insert these words into Google Translate and click for the audio (or ask your Portuguese friend to say these words) “Estádio do Dragão” or “comunicação.” Our tour guide told us that Portuguese is Spanish with a Russian accent and I completely concur. You really have to try Port Wine and Francesinha if you visit any city in Portugal. A post about these two will be coming soon (Lord knows my food section needs some resuscitation).

Thanks for reading (and for waiting)!
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Europe, France, Fun

Colours from the fair

So there was a fun fair in town recently and as you know, I can sniff these things out like a dog on drugs. I don’t have too much to say about it except that these things are extremely fun and you would usually regret missing them. I thought I’d share some colours with you to brighten up your week. Enjoy!

As always, thank you for being here!

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