Instagram of the Month: @susanatrsousa

Instagrammer: Susana Sousa, 21 years old, Madeira Island, Portugal.

Untitled“I created an account to inspire and be inspired. Instagram is a great source of inspiration. Choosing a filter becomes more difficult than choosing an outfit! I also created this account because I’m the type of person that always has a camera on her hand. Everywhere I look I see a photograph. On my account, I share a little bit of the life of the island, the capital (Lisbon) and everything that inspires me”

Her photographs consist of: Landscape, sea and urban shots.

Camera: iPhone 5/Fugifilm FinePix S4500

Apps that she uses: VSCOcam e PixlrExpress+

Follow her on: @susanatrsousa

Here are a few of her best photographs:

 

 

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Munchie| Burger Restaurant

Journalists work 24 hours a day, always searching for what is “new”. So when they give us the afternoon off, trust me, we take advantage of it!

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At lunch, the girls and I decided to try the burger restaurant Munchie, last friday in Lisbon.

It was very cold to stay in the terrace, even if autumn leaves would be perfect for my photographs. I will dedicate a post in a near future just for those leaves that cover Lisbon in this time of year.

So we decided to sit inside and the staff welcomed us with smiles.

 

The place is very cozy and well decorated, the white and green colours give a fresh vibe to it.

On the menu, you can find a large variety of dishes named after the seven deadly sins, but we all went for the menu of the day, which includes a burger (with lettuce, tomato, Cheddar cheese, caramelised onions and beef) with home-made chips, a drink and coffee.

Everything was delicious and after lunch, we replaced the subway for a walk around Lisbon since we needed to burn those calories!

Oh! And there’s free Wi-Fi, so yes, you can update your Instagram!

Contact Details

Address: Praça das Flores, 40 Lisbon, Portugal
Tel.: + 351 21 594 1802
E-mail: pateodasdonzelas@gmail.com
Munchie on Facebook.

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Évora|City of skulls & temples

Because it’s winter in Europe and we need to change our itinerary a bit,  Évora, the capital of the Alentejo region is the most suitable city to visit.

With its  Moorish influence, streets are filled with short white-washed buildings with mustard-yellow trim, Évora has  very well-preserved old town centre, enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods.

I visited the Roman Temple, also referred as the Temple of Diana. It was dedicated to the cult of Emperor Augustus and today it’s Évora’s most famous landmark.

Another important landmark to visit in Évora is the Saint Francis Church that includes several chapels decorated in Baroque style, including the Chapel of Bones,  small but totally covered with human bones, skulls, femurs, just see for yourself!

In order to get a great aerial view of Évora, you can climb the towers of the Se, the cathedral, and walk around on top.

If you visit Évora I recommend you to have lunch or even diner at Degust’AR Restaurant. Which I recently wrote a review about.

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Degust’AR Restaurant

If you’re searching for a sophisticated, comfortable and cozy place to have lunch or even dinner, and at the same time get to know a little bit more of Portugal history, you opened the right link.

Located on the ground floor of the Sepulveda Palace in Évora, Portugal , the restaurant Degust`AR  has the signature of Chef António Nobre. Their menus offer the Alentejo cuisine as a starting point, and develop their creative inspiration through Mediterranean flavors.

Dome ceilings, horseshoe arches and  frescos give this place a very cultural feeling. You also have the option of going for a sushi menu, and trust me, you won’t regret.

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Contact Details

Address: Rua Cândido dos Reis, 72
7000-782 Évora, Portugal
Tel.: + 351 266 740 700
E-mail: geral@mardearhotels.com
Degust’AR website.
Degust’AR on Facebook.

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Swing| Book Release

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to be at “Swing: Eu, tu…eles” book release, (Translation “Swing: Me, you…them”), in Lisbon, at the library “Desassossego”.

Maria Silvério, a brazilian journalist and anthropologist, published a book based on her college dissertation.

“Swing: Eu, tu…eles” published by Chiado Editora, addresses the swinging (partner swapping) as the starting point for reflections on values​​, behaviors and marital, sexual and gender models. It has 284 pages that are the result of two and a half years of research, fieldwork carried out in Swing clubs in Portugal and interviews.

“In college we do a lot of interesting researches of the public interest, but they often end up being accessible to a very small group of researchers and scientists, and never goes beyond that” says Maria.

The book has four chapters, the first tell us how was the entrance of the author in the Swinging  universe.

“I never did swinging. As a researcher, particularly in anthropology, I did fieldwork, I attended a swing club here in Lisbon, I talked informally with couples, but also recorded interviews”

In chapter number two, the author explains what are the main rules of Swing practice, the costs and how the entrance at clubs of different countries works.

“Honestly, as a woman I feel more respected and have a more restful night in a swing club than a nightclub. Because the swing has its rules of approaching.”

The third chapter consists of a sociological and anthropological reflection that helps the reader understand this lifestyle.

In the fourth and final chapter consists of the author’s interpretation of the swinging universe, an analysis on how to deal with jealousy in this universe, the question of monogamy is developed, how to deal with the breakdown of values​​, etc.

Maria Silvério now defines the swinging practice as stable heterosexual couples who have sex with other couples or single people. But recognizes that the universe is very discriminated because it goes against what society has set as “correct” in sexual and marital terms.

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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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Instagram of the Month: @thelostframe

Instagrammer: Serkan Zey, 29 years old, Turkey.

imagePhotography is a passion. To inspire and to be inspired keep the creativity and passion alive which are crucial for art of photography. There are many inspiring artists at Instagram and it feels so amazing to share your captures that have your emotions, to get connected and to inspire people all around the world.

His photographs consist of: Travel shots

Camera: Nikon D3000 and iPhone

Apps that he uses: Vscocam

Follow him on: @thelostframe

Here are a few of his best photographs:

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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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