Language barriers

This travel post is not about a fancy hotel or a glamorous restaurant like usual. This time I was challenged to write about language barriers during my trips, because travelling isn’t only...photo 3 about welcome drinks, relaxing spas and selfies with wild animals. You also get lost in the desert, get your luggage stolen and have to eat weird animals. When you can’t communicate in a certain language, it all becomes a huge struggle!

Sometimes English won’t get you very far

Something that you should keep in mind, while you’re travelling is that, not everyone in every country is supposed or is willing to speak English with you. Of course it’s the universal language and it’s the best way to communicate in a foreign country, but try to order a meal in a small village restaurant in Spain or even France and be ready to be sent to hell!. My advice is that you learn a few words in their language to harmonize the first contact and then just let Siri speak for you!

I don’t understand, show me your lips

On my first internship in a magazine in South Africa, I had to make calls, you know, interns always have to do the most boring part of the job! English is not my first language and even though I’m very comfortable speaking it, looking at people’s lips while they speak is quite helpful. Clearly, on the phone you can’t do that so it’s already a challenge, and to make it more of a struggle I had to phone international restaurants’ owners (Moldavian, Greek, Italians, etc). The result is pretty much an hour of “What? I don’t understand! Is that even English?”. And at the end you get all the wrong information. Advice, forget the phone, e-mails exist for a reason!

Strategies for overcoming language barriers

  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Ask for clarification. If you’re not sure you have understood ask again.
  • Be specific and objective.
  • Use gestures.
  • Read about the country’s culture before visiting that country so your words and gestures are not misunderstood.
  • Be very patient!

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Instagrammer: Serkan Zey, 29 years old, Turkey.

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The Walking Dead Blood Store

The wait is finally over! The 5th Season of ‘THE WALKING DEAD‘ is finally here and after watching the first episode I can confirm that my social life is over, I’ll be hanging out with zombies from now on!

After the success of the first Blood Store last February (about 200 new donors), FOX and the IPST (Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplant) prepare a second edition just in time for the premiere of the new season of ‘The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead Blood Store reopened. Every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of the month, the Blood Store will be in several malls in the country to receive donated blood along with the IPST.

This is the third time that FOX joins the Portuguese Institute of Blood Transplantation and helps with the reputation of its brand strength and series. This project aims to raise public awareness, especially amongst Portuguese fans, to major causes, in this case, to increase the collection of blood and acquire new donors.

What is a Blood Store exactly
‘The Walking Dead Blood Store’ is a pop up shop, where donated blood can be exchanged for various products from iconic FOX series. In this store the donor receives a receipt that can later be exchanged for official merchandising of the series – books, t-shirts, hoodies, domestic weapons, posters, mugs, Playstation games, etc. Each product has its own value in blood.

Venues, dates and times:

Almada Forum (17th, 18th and 19th October from 10am to 11pm)

Forum Aveiro (24th, 25th and 26th October from 10am to 11pm)

Espaço Guimarães (31st of October, 1st and 2nd of November from 10am to 11pm)

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Park| Rooftop Bar

Lisbon is a city with a quite challenging geographical landscape, challenging especially when we have to walk up the hills. The good thing about it is that, once you get up there, you find the most amazing views of the city and the Tagus River.

An example of this is Park in Bairro Alto, a rooftop parking lot turned into an elevated garden terrace.

The perfect place to enjoy the sunset while having a drink or even dinner. The place is decorated with potted plants and wooden patio furniture, which makes it very cosy and relaxing at the same time.

The service is very good, but finding a table isn’t an easy job. It’s a very popular place so, even on Monday evenings you can struggle to find space to enjoy the sunset.

It can also get very cold at night, the good news is that there are blankets available if you ask! All of this is worthy once you experience the views.

Contact Details

Cellphone: +351 215 914 011
Address: Calçada do Combro, 58
Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Portugal
PARK on Facebook.

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Flea Market|Feira das Almas|

Because buying what everyone is buying it’s a lack of originality. I bring you a solution: flea markets!

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I went to “Feira das Almas” (a free entry flea market) this weekend for the first time and if I didn’t have other obligations, like restoring my sleep, I would spend the whole weekend in that place!

There you can do vintage shopping, buy second-hand clothing, vinyl records, books, illustrations and have some snacks while listening to live music.

A lot of the stores present at this market were online stores and this was the way they found to come closer to their public. The best thing about this concept is that you can also sell your own products, find more information and apply here: http://feiradasalmas.org/

This very alternative market happens once a month in Lisbon and it’s perfect if you’re tired of wearing the same clothes as everyone in town and still be as much stylish. It’s also very accessible in terms of prices.

Here are a few of the stores I found at Feira das Almas this month:

Contact Details

Address: Regueirão Dos Anjos 70 
1150-028 Lisbon, Portugal
E-mail: hello@feiradasalmas.org
Feira das Almas website.
Feira das Almas on Facebook.

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Shopping in Italy: Fidenza Village

It’s common knowledge the fact that when you go to Italy, you must shop! I’m glad we just clarified that.

So this Summer I was invited to a Party in the countryside of Italy. You can read the post about the hotel where I stayed here.

That is when I found out about Fidenza Village located just 60 minutes from Milan and Bologna. Where you can discover previous seasons’ collections from the world’s leading Italian and international luxury fashion and lifestyle brands.

With free Wi-Fi (cheers to that), personal shopping, restaurants and cafes, I could spend a week there!

I had lunch at the restaurant Best of Italy (Curated by Chef Massimo Spigaroli), with a very inviting terrace, delicious pasta and parma ham. Perfect for more hours of shopping.

Here is a list of a few shops at Fidenza Village:

Armani Outlet,Blumarine, Calvin Klein Collection, Camper, Class Roberto Cavalli, Coccinelle (Chloè, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, John Richmond, Alberto Guardiani), Dolce & Gabbana, Desigual, Diesel, Elena Mirò, Ferrari Store, Fossil, Guess, Lacoste, La Perla, Levi’s, Lindt, Marlboro Classics, Merrell, Michael Kors, Paul Smith, Polo Ralph Lauren, Swarovski, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, etc.

 Contact Details

Phone: +39 0524 33551
Address: Autostrada A1, uscita Fidenza/Salsomaggiore T.
43036 Fidenza, Italy
E-mail: freception@valueretail.com
Fidenza Village website.
Fidenza Village on Facebook.

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Dolphin Watching: Vertigem Azul

No, I did not get to swim with dolphins. That is still on my bucket list! But I finally got to see them in their natural habitat, and by that I mean, not in a Zoo!

Vertigem Azul organises amongst other things, a guided boat tour to visit and get to know the resident community of dolphins in the Sado Estuary and the Arrábida Coast (Portugal).

I was invited by my friends to experience this opportunity and who can say no to dolphins, the sea and the amazing views of the Sado!

The tour takes approximately 3 hours where the life of the dolphins community is explained to you while you watch them swimming really closed to the catamaran “Esperança”. (It means “Hope” in Portuguese in case you’re wondering).

It was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to come back, especially now that I found out that Vertigem Azul has wine tasting sessions during sunsets.

 The photographs above are credited to Artur Costa.

Contact Details

Phone: +351 265238000 / +351 916 982 907
Address:  Rua Praia da Saude 11 D 
2900-572 Setúbal, Portugal
E-mail: geral@vertigemazul.com
Vertigem Azul website.
Vertigem Azul on Facebook.

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Instagram of the Month: @joaosilva22

Instagrammer: João Silva, 26 years old, Sintra, Portugal.

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His photographs consist of: Travel and landscape shots.

Camera: iPhone 5

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L’and Vineyard Resort

After discovering the culture of having lunch/dinner or even brunch in a vineyard in South Africa, I started searching for the same concept in other countries. And that’s when I found the L’And Vineyard Resort, in Portugal!

Located in a natural landscape with the special beauty of Alentejo, a contemporary architecture combining luxury, simplicity and tranquility.

A few years ago, during my holidays in Portugal, I had the opportunity to spend some Family holidays at their resort in a”Sky Suite”, which consists in a room with a window roof where you can see the stars once it’s all dark outside. I enjoyed my days at the infinite pool and the inviting spa.

But this year I visit this place only to have lunch at their restaurant and experience the art of wine-making. Take a look at the delicious meal I had:

Roasted pork tenderloin with cauliflower gratin, asparagus and peas as a main course. For dessert different textures of chocolate and a few sweets to go with the coffee. When it comes to wine, the L’And Vineyard red wine from 2010.

I strongly advise you to visit this place and spend a few days at their Sky suites.It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter. The views are always lovely and you won’t regret it.

 Contact Details

Phone: +351 213304542; +351 266 242 400
Address: Herdade das Valadas / Estrada Nacional 4
7050 Montemor-o-novoPortugal
E-mail: info@l-and.com; reservas@l-and.com
L’And Resorts’ website.
L’And Resorts on Facebook.

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Vogue Fashion Night Out 2014 Lisbon

The night where all of Lisbon comes alive to celebrate Fashion. September 11th was Vogue Fashion’s Night Out and after vogue-fashions-night-out-lisbon-2014-1so many years not being able to make it, this year I was finally there!

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out takes place in 18 other cities around the world, with the purpose of creating a public’s interest in beauty and fashion by bringing to these cities fun, music and great discounts in all participating stores.

Chiado, Av. da Liberdade, Príncipe Real, Rua Castilho and downtown Lisbon’s stores join themselves in this special major event.

My friends and I chose Av. da Liberdade’s luxury stores where we experienced a few surprises, with live DJ acts and free cocktails,well forget about the free cocktails because they were all gone by the time we arrived. Yes,that place was insanely crowded!

Other places like Rua Castilho had make-up workshops and the exhibitions of new collections for fall/winter. In Chiado, at Ana Salazar and Swarovski,where were held beauty sessions and offer beauty products.

I had the opportunity to visit the amazing new H&M store in downtown Lisbon (Baixa). That place is huge or maybe it’s just the mirrors, go see for yourself.

When it comes to organisation, let’s say some stores should’ve make a bigger effort. It was impossible to move or even breathe inside Michael Kors! On the other hand, Carolina Herrera adopted the simple method of closing its doors the moment the store had the ideal number of clients and re opening again once those previous clients left.

But the party wasn’t only inside the shops, which were open from 7pm to 11pm. More entertainment was held from street artists to museum events.

Here is the list of a few shops participating in VFNO 2014:

Avenida da Liberdade: Adolfo Dominguez, Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Calzedonia, Gant, Intimissi, Loewe, Longchamp, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Montblanc, Purificacion Garcia, Timberland, etc.

Rua Castilho: Lanido, Coccinelle, Max&Co, Stockshop Stivali, Stefanel, etc.

Príncipe Real: Embaixada, Peacock, Alexandra Moura, etc.

Chiado: Accessorize, Ana Salazar, Benetton, Bershka, Blanco, Diesel, Eureka, Kiko, Hilfiger Denim, Levi’s,Marc Jacobs, Nespresso, Pull&Bear, etc.

Baixa: Camper, Foreva, Fred Perry, H&M, Stradivarius, Seaside, Merrel, etc.

If you feel like visiting other Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, here’s a list of 2014 dates from around the world:

16 September – Paris
18 September – Madrid
27 September – Taipei
18 October – Osaka

For more information on Fashion’s Night Out Lisbon, visit the Vogue FNO Lisbon website.

Outfit

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This outfit was put together by my friend Andreia,I think she’ll be my stylist from now on.

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