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one second everyday — april 2016

dear april, i didn’t mean to ignore you for so long… here we go:

in april, we said goodbye to iceland and arrived in berlin for a quick stopover, juuuuuust in time to see our friends cross the finish line of the half-marathon! :D the rest of the month was unusually (but delightfully!) social, with friends and family staying over, dinner parties and kid’s birthday parties as well. ace!

lynda’s care package

our canadian friend lynda, whom we hosted late last year, sent us a lovely care package for christmas. with the inevitable delay in portuguese customs, the parcel arrived only in february… and suddenly, it was christmas all over again! :) this was the bounty:

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lots of pretty stationery, tea, chocolate coins and balls, pecan nuts, maple syrup, toffee, and even a beautiful stained glass ornament she made herself!

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oh, and a mountain of crispy crunch, probably one of the best candies out there! peanut butter and salt flakes, folded in crispy pillows of goodness and covered in chocolate… so, so good! plus, these are tiny, so you don’t feel like you’re over-indulging when you reach out for one. we’ve been rationing them so that they don’t end too soon…

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thank you so much lynda — it was perfect, all of it! :)

instagram vs. real life

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yup. anyone else?

one second everyday — january 2016

a bit late, but here’s january:

the beginning of the year was homely and mostly boring, from a cinematographic perspective. we caught up on work and set up goals for the year, both personal and professional. outside, i rode my new bike and we hiked, met friends and went to the festa da chouriça, in querença, which was pretty yummy!

i also joined a local gym (not pictured) and started doing (a sort of light) crossfit! every other day, i get my ass-kicked by a ridiculous amount of push-ups, burpees or deadlifts… and come home sore and happy. it wasn’t a new year resolution, but it worked out nicely anyway! :)

a bike for algarve

i’ve been bikeless for a year now, after selling my beloved raleigh when leaving germany. but a few weeks ago, i joined a local gym that is just far enough that i don’t want to walk there… and yet close enough that it would be ridiculous to go by car… hence, the final push for finally buying the bike!

after some searching, i’ve found a portuguese brand that does just the kind of bike i was looking for. meet the órbita classic:

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it’s sort of a dutch bike, with not-quite-moustache handles but close. it’s simple, comfortable to ride upright and not too heavy. i miss the back pedal brake of my previous bikes, but this one has gears, which is a nice bonus!

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it’s still missing the basket for the market trips, but so far, so good. i look forward to many nice rides around the ria formosa! :)