Wandering About: London (2013)

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Back in 2013 I want to London for a week. In a stroke of luck, I was able to string a conference and the Doctor Who 50th anniversary in a single week. It was pretty cool how that worked out. For my first 2 days in London I attended a conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of my field of research, and I loved it, because being that kind of celebration, we had really big wigs in there :D.

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If you were following me back in 2013 – a.k.a, the first year of my blog – you might know that I actually posted everyday about the trip. You can check it out here:

So today, I’m just posting my favorite pictures of this trip :), but check out the links above for a blow by blow of the trip.

If you don’t know by now, London is my favorite place on Earth. Yeah, it’s cold and wet and grey and I love it. I never feel more at home as I do when I’m wandering through London. I’ve been there a few times since I was 11 yo, and it’s always amazing and I always miss it.

I also went for the first time to the Harry Potter Studio Tour, and I loved it. I’ve been there since, but the place is totally worth it, it’s truly magical.

And finally I went to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, and that was totally bonkers. I never went to a con or anything like that, so this was different. I watched the 50th Anniversary Special Episode there, and wow, that was definitly something!

 

Wandering About: Rome (2009/2010)

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Hello. This week I’ll share some photos from my trip to Rome, from the New Year from 2009 to 2010. I’m an unusual 30 something, because since forever I tend to spend my new year’s eve and day with my mom and grandma. It always happened like that, and I kind of like it – I don’t like crowds or anything like that. In 2009 my mom wanted to go to Rome, and my grandmother was still well enough to travel, so we decided to go, the 3 of us. I’ll admit, I love traveling with my mom, but my grandmother is a whole other business… I love her, but we clash a lot. A LOT!

Rome is a gorgeous city. It was my first time in Italy and I really loved it. We only stayed for a few days, so there wasn’t much time to see things properly and explore everything we wanted, but we did see some pretty cool places :).

By the way, I’m a sucker for ruins of any kind :D. The Colosseum was pretty cool :D, and so was the Roman Forum.

I would definitly like to go back there and explore some places. We didn’t have the chance to go to the Vatican museum or go to any museum for that matter. One thing that it’s absolutely great there is the food…. AMAZING!

So, have you been to Rome? What did you think?

Wandering About: San Francisco (2014)

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Because I’m currently reading Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, which action takes place in San Francisco, I thought it would be a good time to share a few pictures of the city, from when I was there almost 2 years ago.

The trip included a lot more than San Francisco… we went to Las Vegas, then LA and then we went by car to San Francisco, stopping a few times along the way. I’ll share the photos of the other places at some point for sure, but I was already blogging at the time, so I actually wrote posts about that trip: USA 2014: Las VegasUSA 2014: LA and the Central Coast (California) and USA 2014: San Francisco.

In my post about San Francisco – that you can check out here – I talked about how I felt at home there. I did. San Francisco made its way to my Top 5 cities I want to live in, and it has hold its spot. I want to go back there, and each time I read a bout set there, or watch a show or a movie, this feeling intensifies.

Incredibly, SFO has some things that remind me of Lisbon, with the high hills, cable carts and so much water… not to mention that the Golden Gate Bridge is very similar to our own Ponte 25 de Abril. But San Francisco has a certain freedom feel about it. I had no trouble walking around, I love all the shops and restaurants, some that were open 24/7. It felt like a more intimate New York…

Wandering About: Los Angeles (2006)

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WOW, look at that! 2006! The first time I was ever in the USA was almost 10 years ago… WOW! Time flies! OK, freak out moment over…

The first time my mom asked me if I wanted to go with her to the US, I jumped at the opportunity. It was a really rough time in my life, probably one of the toughest in my (then) 21 years of life, so I was super on board to just go and get out of my head for a bit. I was working at the time, but my boss was super nice about it and let me compensate my days with my due overtime, I did skip a few days of class, but at that point I didn’t really care. I was on my way to LA! (and Las Vegas and Palm Springs, but that’s for another day)

This was also when I discovered the Cheesecake Factory and all the goods that come with it :D.

And Hollywood!

And Universal Studios :D.

In general, I really liked LA, even if we caught a few terrible days of cold and rain – I hasn’t packed for that. Still, it was pretty freaking amazing. While my mom worked, me and her business partner wandered around Hollywood and took photos of around 100 stars and prints, lol. I even I had an unforgettable experience riding the buses in the city, under rain… never to be repeated again.

Wandering About: Lisbon

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I’ve showed many places I’ve visited throughout the years, some many awesome places, but while in Portugal this past weeks, I realized that I haven’t mentioned my gorgeous city of Lisbon yet. Now, when I’m in Lisbon I rarely go sightseeing, because I’ve lived there most of my life, and my first instinct is not to snap photos, but I took the opportunity that I had to visit downtown a couple of times to meet friends, and I took some pictures of that part of town.

I’ll only show 2 parts of the Lisbon Downtown, because I didn’t have time to explore further, and the weather wasn’t helping. On the first day I went to the Baixa-Chiado zone:

The second day I managed to go to Lisbon, again, to have lunch with the same friends as before, I went to a slightly different zone, right beside the other one, and I went down to Praça do Comércio and then right back up to Rossio and Restauradores, through Rua Augusta. I know this is all gibberish to you, so I’ll give you pictures. Too bad about the rain though…

Unfortunately, this is it. I promise to try to snag more pictures of different places of Lisbon the next times I’m there, deal?

Wandering About: Prague (2010)

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Today I’ll finally share with you the last leg of my trip to Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague. Yeah, today is all about Prague. Prague was probably my favorite city of the four I’ve visited, but that is also because it was the one I spent more time in. We were more relaxed, being the last city before going home and all, and it’s honestly so gorgeous… *sigh* (I’m just gonna dump a bunch of pics here, ok?)

Now, more pictures, yeah? Have I mention how much I loved Prague?

So, what did you think? Have you been to Prague? Did you love it as much as I did? 😀

Wandering About: Vienna (2010)

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On 2010 the third city we hit was Vienna, Austria, right after Budapest and Bratislava. The city is beautiful, but unfortunately it rained during the whole time we were there, so our days ended up consisting in bus tours and hitting several cafés. As I’ve mention to Kat @Life and Other Disasters – who lives there – I really need to get back.

We got there at night and it was the only day it didn’t rain (yupppiiii), so we ended up taking a carriage ride around the city… good thing too because on the very next day it was pouring.

Did I mention the cafés? We went to several famous ones, though the Cafe Central is the only one I have photos of.

Wandering About: Bratislava (and the road to) (2010)

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Last week I talked about my trip to Budapest in 2010, now I give you the next leg of that journey, our car trip to Bratislava (Slovakia). First I’ll share some pictures of the car ride, I believe this was before we crossed the country line ;-).

We didn’t stay in Bratislava long, just a few hours, because we felt that getting to Vienna and Prague was a bit more important, still, it was an interesting city :D.

This was a quick post because my days have been crazy! I’ll bring you Vienna next week ;-).

Wandering About: Budapest (2010)

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In October 2010 I did one of the best trips of my life, I went to Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague. Today I’ll share some pictures of Budapest, and then I’ll share the others at some other time (because there are too many).

My mom had a meeting there, in Budapest, so we thought it would be an ideal time to do those golden cities. My grandmother (82 at the time) agreed to come as well, and so did my mom’s business partner, and we ended up going with a Brazilian couple friends of ours and their kid. So we flew to Budapest for the meeting, and from there we rented 2 cars and there we went. I did have a small detour in the middle of my stay in Budapest, I had a aDNA congress in Munich, so I spent 2 days in Budapest with mom and grandma, then I took a 6 a.m. flight to Munich to spend 3 days at a conference with my adviser and another professor – where I had to share a room with my adviser… not weird at all – and then I got back to Budapest on the day before we left on our big trip.

I loved Budapest, it’s one of the most gorgeous cities I’ve been in, and I’m itching to go back there, because I needed so much more time to see everything properly. 🙂 Bratislava, Vienna and Prague will come soon.

Wandering About: Madrid (2008)

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OHHHH, I haven’t done one of these in a while!!! I had a good reason though, because in October I filled this blog with posts about South Korea and Japan, and I didn’t want to overwhelm everyone with traveling posts… But, it has been a while now, so I’m going back to this. Today I’ll share some pictures of Madrid (Spain).

Incredibly, even though I LIVE IN SPAIN, I’ve only been to Madrid once, and it was because I had a course/workshop there about Forensic Anthropology. I actually really loved the city, and I think I would rather live there than in Barcelona (though Barcelona is undoubtedly more beautiful).

I didn’t take much pictures, and I didn’t saw that much of the city because the course was 5 days (if I remember correctly), so I’ll show you some of the stuff that we saw during this workshop… 😀 (warning, you might be a bit creeped out).

Yep people, those are bones… human bones… In case you’re wondering, the skull had a lot of bone growth, some kind of bone cancer, most likely. And the last pic is a skeleton of a subadult individual.