Tiny Pleasures #15

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Nepalese food and fun

A friend from work decided to set a dinner for a few of us, and we had an amazing dinner at a nepalese restaurant near the office, and I loved it. SO GOOD!

2. Everything, Everything with Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

The movie opened, we thought it was a good time to go and watch it together, so we could comment on all the things the movie did and did not get right.

3. Beach time

I was able to go to the beach twice in the last couple of weeks, which was a nice reprieve from the deadly heat that could be felt in Lisbon.

4. Popcorn!

I already said I went to the movies with Cátia, where we ate a huge bucket of popcorn each, but then I ended up going to the cinema again with my mom, and guess what… MORE POPCORN!

5. Another hair color: burgundy

It was time to try a more pinkish color, and I love it. I also tried another brand this time, and while I really liked the texture and feel of the paint, it didn’t last nearly as much time as it should.

6. 33rd Birthday!

Yeah, it was my birthday! 😀 33 years, and I heard that phrase a lot more than I should have.

7. Rooftop Bars

This week I went to a couple of rooftop bars in Lisbon, with my mom and friend, and we really liked it, gorgeous views of the city and the river.

8. “Santos Populares”

We have our popular parties in Portugal during the month of June, and I went to one yesterday to see my niece’s parade. It was fun, and the food was amazing, better sardines of the year 😀 .


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

I’m still here (and I didn’t want to ruin my blogging streak!)

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Guys, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but even though I’m still posting everyday, I’ve been kind of absent from the blog and the blogging community. I feel super bad about that, and it’s been so hard on me =/, but it has just been impossible to spend more time in the world wide web – I had comments to answer from over 2 weeks ago… I suck!

The main reason for this absence is that I decided to come to the south of Portugal for the summer, to work for the summer months, and I’m staying with my sister (and her family), which means I seldom have time to socialize without it being in person – which is in part positive. Also, I did start working… and it’s grueling. I decided that for a couple of months, any kind of work would be cool, so I accepted a job at a local supermarket, and I went from being at home working on my PhD thesis, to being on my feet for 8 hours a day, carrying boxes and serving customers.

I have to say, even though I hated it for a couple of days, it’s kind of interesting to get completely out of my academic world and contact with people who have absolutely nothing to do with it. Even though I have to admit – and I hate to sound kind of snobbish about it – but I sometimes feel like my 13 years of college education make me too qualified so this type of job… and I’m only doing it because I know it’s temporary. Still, I like being able to prove to myself that I can do it, and that I can do something a bit more physical on a daily basis – I’m guessing I’m gonna lose weight by the end of this summer… eheh.

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A great thing about being here, in  Albufeira – south of Portugal, apart from being with my sister and nephew, is that the beach views are amazing, and it is a much calmer life than in Lisbon. Also, we have someone new at the house almost every week, and that’s kind of awesome.

I will have to find a balance soon between the new work life and my internet life, also because I do need to work on my thesis… I need to do that a lot! So, I hope I’ll have some more availability in the coming weeks, and I do hope that I won’t break my blogging streak, 😀 !

Wandering About: Cargèse 2011

Welcome again, to another week of Wandering About. Today is a fast and quick post, celebrating the end of summer here in Europe and, with that, the beach days – though I have to tell you, I haven’t set foot at the beach yet this year! So, moving on, in October of 2011 I went to Cargèse, Corsica, for a week of Summer School of bioinformatics.

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I’ll admit that before I had to make plans to go there, I had little idea of where Corsica was, how to get there or what language they speak. But the Summer Course was very compelling, and I made plans to go with a friend. The price included room as well, so that was one less thing to worry about. Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, located west of Italy, and belongs to France.

That was the view from our room. Me and my friend were lucky enough to stay at the same place of the course. So it was just wake up, get dressed, breakfast and classes, and then I could pop up into the room whenever I felt like it, which was good, because some of the classes were boring as hell! This, however, was in the middle of nothing! While they provided for lunch, diner was an entirely different thing and we had to walk to the village to eat, which was at least 2 Km each way, most of that made in a trail within the wood without lights… it was super fun and scary!

We ended up meeting a lot of cool people there and it was definitely the most fun I had at an academic related thing. I wish I had some pics of the village itself, but I just went there at night and we mostly took photos of each other during our diners.

By the way, the water was magnificent! Even though the weather was already getting a bit cold, the water was warm and nice. We would all step into the beach everyday after lunch and before afternoon classes. And then me and a couple of other girls decided to skip an afternoon of boring stuff and just stay there at the beach – best decision ever!