A day trip to Lisbon + my favorite cafés

daytrip to Lisbon

A few weeks ago my best friend Rabea and I went to Portugal together. Although we stayed in Cascais and not directly in Lisbon we went to the city a couple of times during our stay. I had never been to Portugal before and I did not really know what to expect. But I felt immediately at home in Lisbon. 

The cobbled streets and the tiled houses make this city so incredibly beautiful and a bit magical. Not to mention all the delicious food like the little custard tarts called pastel de nata. We walked about 12km in total during each of our day trips to Lisbon but the city is so pretty that you don’t even want to take the Metro.

When we went there it was about 26 degrees Celsius, which was the perfect weather. We walked around the city, sat down by the water and had brunch at some of the cutest cafes I’ve ever seen.

If you like little shops, cute cafes and amazing architecture and history,  then Lisbon is definitely a city you should visit at least once.

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And as promised here are some of my favorite Cafes in Lisbon:

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Dear Breakfast is located near the Metro station Cais do Sodré. You will have to walk up the hill and there you will find the amazing location of Dear Breakfast.The cafe is inside an old building with low ceilings but an interesting, cathedral like architecture. We went there for brunch but you could also stop by for just a coffee.

Dear Breakfast

  • R. Gaivotas 17 | 1200-719 Lisbon
  • Opening hours:  9:00 – 16:00
  • Instagram: @dearbreakfast

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You will find Nicolau right in the center of Lisbon, the nearest Metro station is Baixa-Chiado. There might be a waiting list, as this is a popular place for tourists. We had to wait 15 minutes and stayed for a drink before we continued our sight seeing trip (we went to Dear Breakfast earlier that day so we were already full and didn’t get the chance to try their food).

  • Opening hours:  08:30–20:00
  • Instagram: @nicolaulisboa

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Fauna & Flora was definitely my favorite. It is close to Cais do Sodré Metro station located in a residential neighborhood. We went there twice as we loved it so much. I had the avocado toast with mushrooms which was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and the other time I had the  açaí bowl ( which is always my favorite since it reminds me of Brazil) and of course I had an iced latte with soy milk both times. The first time we had to wait for a few minutes but the location is so cute that we didn’t mind. Both times we stayed there for quite a while as we just enjoyed sitting there. I will 100% go there again when I’m back in Lisbon as this has to be one of my favorite cafes in the world so far!

  • Rua da Esperança 33 | 1200-655 Lisbon
  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00
  • Instagram: @faunafloralisboa

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If you want to see more pictures of my trip to Portugal please check out this blog post I did which featured some of the pictures we took in Portugal and feel free to check out my Instagram

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Restaurant Review: Bill’s Westfield

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[ Advertisement – I was not paid to write this post and review the place, however I received complimentary food and drinks]

I got offered the opportunity to review the Bill’s at Westfield shopping center. I’ve never been to any Bill’s restaurant before so I was very excited. The first thing I noticed was the interior which had this cute retro, exotic holiday style. We were offered a table right next to a big window and with the current weather here (30 degree Celsius) it felt like I was in some restaurant on an exotic vacation.

We ordered drinks and it took us quite a while to choose since they had so many nice options. In the end I went for a watermelon, raspberry and peach juice and my friend had a apple, carrot and ginger juice.

We didn’t order any starters since it was 12:30am and we already had breakfast.

I choose the Ancient grain bowl with additional halloumi and she chose the carrot, mushroom and cashew nut Wellington.

The grain bowl was great as I am the kind of person who doesn’t get full by only eating a salad, so the mix of rice, buckwheat and millet was perfect for me. I was surprised by their big variety of vegetarian dishes, as normally you will only find one or two vegetarian dishes.

When we entered we were asked for allergies and when I ordered the ancient grain bowl and asked to exclude the red pepper they were happy to change this right away.

For dessert I had the melting banoffee sundae which tasted like heaven ( !!! ) the caramel wasn’t too sweet and the cookies and the fresh banana really tasted amazing. My friend had the lemon meringue roulade which was topped with passion fruit and it looked so yummy.

Overall I had a great experience at Bill’s Westfield and I can only recommend it.

I know I will be back there soon ( I’m still dreaming about that banoffee sundae! )

 

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A day trip to Lake Como

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One of the (more or less) hidden gems of Europe is Lake Como. Located in the north of Italy, about 40 minutes away from Milan, the lake is becoming more and more popular or it’s beauty, nature and it’s luxury hotels.

I first went to Como in 2016 and when I planned my trip to Milan this year I definitely wanted to go back to Como.

You can take the train from Milano Centrale to either Lecco or Varenna, it takes you about 40 minutes to get there. We decided to go to Lecco and then take the ferry to Bellagio and then to Varenna from where we took the train back to Milan. In Lecco we had some icecream at Groms (one of their stores has just opened in Piccadilly) and then we had a coffee at the ferry house. The ferry to Bellagio takes about an hour but it is definitely worth it. Bellagio has many colorful houses and it is really pretty. We went to a restaurant, had some pasta and then went to a walk across the town. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too good that day. It started to rain and we decided to take the ferry back to Varenna.

Even though we just went for a few hours it was definitely worth it and I will come back again next year.

 

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How to make an Instagram Smoothie Bowl

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They are probably THE breakfast trend of this summer – Smoothie Bowls! They look super cool, are healthy and taste like heaven! 

I always make them for breakfast on my days off, so I decided to share two of my favorite smoothie bowls recipes with me.

 

Recipe 1:

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  1. Put all of the fruits in a blender. Fill them in a bowl –  I used a coconut bowl.

  2. Cut fruits of your choice into shapes  – I went for stars and hearts

  3. Add some coconut flakes and then drizzle some peanut butter over them.        (works best if you put the PB in the microwave for a few seconds)

  4. Bon Appetit !

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Recipe 2:

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  1. Cut fruits and put into a blender

  2. Use fruits of choice – I used banana and starwberries

  3. Cut them into slices and place them in rows on the smoothie

  4. add coconut flakes and pomegranate seeds

  5. ENJOY

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Hope you enjoyed those recipes.

 

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A weekend trip to Milan

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One of my very first blog posts was my trip to Milan and Como in 2016. Now – two years later – I went back and I had the best time!

When I moved to London I lived in an Airbnb for the first few weeks. I shared it with three Italian guys. One night we had some pizza and one of them showed me some Italian music. Being a huge fan of Chiara Ferragni I had already heard of Fedez, however, I had not really listened to his music. I told a friend, who I met in Milan last time, about it and he mentioned that Fedez and  J-ax would be playing a show in San Siro. My friend and I decided to go there, so I booked my flight and planned my trip.

The concert was on a Friday and since Francesco, my Italian friend, worked I decided to “explore” the city by myself. I still remembered some places from my last trip and even though I’ve been there before, the Duomo was my first stop. I bought some icecream and just enjoyed the sun, while probably looking like a real tourist.

In the evening I went to San Siro to meet up with Francesco and to watch the concert. Even though I only understand a bit of Italian, I still had a great time.

The following day we went to Lake Como, but I will write a seperate post about that.

On Sunday we rented bikes and cycled into the city centre. We had aperitivo at the Aperol terrace, which hands down has the best view! After starting the day with a drink we had napolitan pizza for lunch. I love food, but I love nothing as much as I love some good napolitan pizza.

We walked through Moscova and Porta Nuova, had some gelato at the cutest ice cream store I’ve ever seen and then took the metro to CityLife.  The weather was so so nice and I tried (hard) to get a bit of a tan.

Sadly my flight back was on Monday night already (since I work Tue-Sat). I had some more gelato, some more pizza and some sushi (super Italian, I know), went to Garibaldi, had some coffee and bought some gifts for my colleagues and flatmates and headed to the airport.

Those of you who read my blog since the beginning might remember that the last time I was in Milan my flight home got cancelled and I arrived 8 hours late. This time it was delayed by two hours and when I arrived in Heathrow the tube, coaches and trains weren’t running anymore. So I had to get a cab home. Turns out I’ll have to live on bread and water for the rest of the month ( or at least until British Airways pays me back the cab costs lol).

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Spring in Primrose Hill

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Spring has finally arrived (and so have my Asos orders). We had quite a few warm days here in the past month and last Sunday I finally got to wear one of my new summer dresses. So me and my friend Alexa went on a walk around Primrose Hill.

Primrose Hill is a cute, little area near Camden, with lots of beautiful houses, nice cafés and great restaurants. It’s a big crowded on weekends as everybody tries to grab a coffee or beer while sitting in the sun.

We walked around, took some pictures and even got stopped by some paparazzi who were hunting for some (real) celebs. London is always good for surprises, let me tell you that.

Before we went home we had coffee at “Cowshed” which is also a Spa, I will definitely book a beauty treatment there at some point.

 

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Suffering from depression: My story

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This post is something that I wanted to do for a long time, yet I was and I still am really afraid to talk about it.

Those of you who view my Instagram stories already know that I am dealing with depression and anxiety. I have suffered from them for a while now and I have had a really hard time in the past months. Now living in a new country and working my first full-time job, I have to say that I am more than proud of myself for getting my life back on track. I wish I could say that I never gave myself up but that just isn’t the truth. There were times when I wanted to quit everything. I didn’t see the point of carrying on. Everything seemed hopeless.

I know that depression is different for everyone and that it must be really hard for people who don’t suffer from it to understand what you’re going through. For me it is as if there is always someone following me, telling me that I just shouldn’t  trust people, that I am not good enough and that everything that goes wrong is my fault.

I had really bad experiences in the past. Things happened and I never talked about them. I kept silent for years. Being blamed by others made me blame myself. Yes, I have been abused – both sexually and physically. And yes, the abusers were people I knew and trusted. In the end, they blamed me. Because I didn’t do anything about it. Because I had it coming. I thought about it a lot, about what caused people to do those things to me. I just couldn’t find a reason. But because they had told me that it was my own fault I started to believe it. And instead of feeling anger I felt guilt and shame.

Years went by and I never talked about it. I tried to forget what had happened and I learned to live with the guilt that I felt.

It was really hard for me to trust people. I pushed people who were kind away from me because I was scared to get hurt again. When I entered my last relationship I felt relieved. I trusted him. But months went by and I found out about some things that made me doubt him. But instead of telling me the truth he continued to keep secrets. I did everything I could to find out the truth, knowing that it would hurt me. When I did I got blamed for finding out and I took the blame. Over and over again.

Both my mental and my physical health got really bad and I tried to hide it. Because I blamed myself for the things that had happened. I always felt that I wasn’t enough, no matter how hard I tried. Until I couldn’t take it anymore. I suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and depression. I tried to hide from the truth. I tried to hide from my feelings. On Thanksgiving, I ended up in the hospital. I guess it was because part of me finally accepted the truth and another part of me couldn’t deal with it. When I got out of the hospital I went to Brazil – my safe place –  where I had made so many happy memories in the past. I went there still hoping everything would turn out right and I came back to find my whole life falling apart. Without a home, a job or a relationship I was forced to regain my strength and figure out a plan B.

I spent Christmas time alone in a place that suddenly didn’t feel like home anymore. I was told that I wasn’t welcome anymore.

I started to apply for jobs in London. A city that somehow always felt like home-away-from-home to me.

On January 3rd I had an appointment with my therapist and she advised me to go to a local clinic. This made me panic, I was really afraid. Of the therapy, the people there and of what others would think about me. I told her that I would come back with a decision the following day.

And I did. I spend the following 9 days in a “crisis” ward of the hospital. It was the right decision for me. I didn’t have to worry about my “outside” environment. I learned how to calm myself down, to accept that not everyone shares my morals and ethics. I met people who made me realise that a mental illness does not mean that you are insane or crazy. It is something completely normal. Something we should talk openly about. Something that can effect everyone.

A week later I went to London because I got offered a job. I did not know what to expect, but I knew that it wouldn’t be easy. Luckily I found a room, my work is awesome and I love the city.

I still have to deal with panic attacks, I still feel lonely and I still suffer from the things that happened in the past. But I am getting better. I am getting stronger.

[ If you know anyone who suffers from a mental illness such as depression, please offer them your help but don’t force them to do something. Don’t say “other people have it way worse” don’t put any more pressure on them. Just be there for them. ]

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