So. I love the excitement and support I got from many people in my life about traveling to Europe. I have been dreaming about coming here since taking Portuguese classes in college a few years back. I fell in love with the language almost instantly after first hearing it from my aunt, and so when it was time to take two semesters of a language, I knew what I had to choose. It is SO GOOD to hear everyone speaking it here, and read all the signs and menus in portuguese. I feel like I’m working out my brain every time I try to decipher a conversation on the subway or what the daily specials are.
When my best friend and I got to the airport, literally 30 seconds of walking with our brand new shiny backpacks and I knew we were in for a special treat. Note to self: Backpacking in Europe may or may NOT be as cool as it looks/sounds. Opt for a boring rolly suitcase next time, and risk looking like a tourist rather than a turtle. Our bags are super heavy and carrying them through the airport was such torture.
When I bought this computer, I bought it with the goal of being a digital nomad one day. Over the years I have slowly slowly gotten jobs that are online–my first one being for Mariana Caplan in San Francisco who needed me to get her more clients for her yoga and psyche workshop (very cool)–but right now I am finally being a digital nomad and traveling Europe whilst having two online jobs. I cannot believe my full time gig agreed to let me do this. I feel so blessed. know they think I’m crazy but I also know that deep down, I also think I’m crazy.
Starting this year drinking champagne with my mum and listening to the NYE special in New York as I do on most new years, I did not ever dream that this would be a possibility. The idea to be here, right now, in between teaching English classes in bed sans socks in a small bedroom in Anjos, Lisbon, Portugal was one that came to me in January. I decided I really wanted to get to know places by living in them as a local rather than as a tourist.
So to me, Lisbon is much nicer than Porto. HOWEVER, the Ribiera in porto makes the trip up north so worth it. It is absolutely stunning. Especially at night. One advantage I love about Portugal is being able to walk everywhere. I love exercising, and with all the hills and narrow walks between buildings , you really don’t need a car or a gym membership. Our first night in Porto we sat next to the river and under the bridge listening to music being played by a young man in a big jacket and a guitar. There was a moment Karen told me to look up and there was a huge flock of very white birds flying above us. That, paired with the music and the water was so damn peaceful. I cried thinking about how lucky I felt to be travelling full time at the moment- a wish I had been wishing for on 11:11 for quite some time now.