My Lisbon Guide| Fábrica dos Sabores

There’s nothing better than taking a Spring break and head to Lisbon, where the weather is way warmer than in London. And you know what my visits to Lisbon mean, more suggestions of places to visit, but specially to eat.


This is the first time I’ve been to Fábrica dos Sabores, an artisan bakery in the city centre. It was Sunday around noon on a very sunny day, which usually means that whenever you go, it will be full of people hanging around. Which makes it harder to find a table anywhere in the city.


But I guess that’s how you prove if a place is good or not. If they can handle the pressure while delivering amazing service, than I’ll most certainly come back.


Fábrica dos Sabores was full, but the staff was very effective and nice. They found us a table straight away and our food didn’t even take 10 minutes to arrive.


I ordered a delicious Bagel with smoked Salmon. I wish I was still eating it right now. My sister went for a great beef burger and my mom tried the light Foccacia, which was quite big, so nothing light about that! And for dessert, I’ll let the photograph speak for itself.


I had a few unfortunate experiences when it comes to restaurants and coffee places on my last visit to Lisbon, but I must say that this was definitely not one of them. Will go back very soon.


Visit Fábrica dos Sabores’s page here.

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Why You Should Move Abroad

I left Portugal, my country, for the first time when I was only 10 years old. Lived in several countries from cold Belgium to warm South Africa. I went back to Portugal several times, but once you get the taste of different cultures it’s hard to go back and just live with a single one, so I kept moving.

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Today I’m living in England and, of course I struggle with the cold weather, but that’s what makes me enjoy even more every time I go visit my family and friends in Portugal.

I’m loving my current lifestyle and I don’t know what expects me tomorrow, but I know all the reasons why I decided to move abroad and here’s why you should consider doing it too:

And upgrade on your linguistic skills

Conversations with native speakers are the best way to upgrade and touch up linguistic skills, which is great, not only for your career but for your life experiences in general. I speak four languages, Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. I understand a few more and my native language is now a mix of all of the above, but people still understand me, so that’s great!

Creativity unleashed

Living in a new environment will stimulate your cognitive function, imagination, and creativity, all of which are critical to professional growth. Whether or not you have a 9-5 job, moving to a new environment exposes you to new people and everyday experiences that’ll require a 180° change of perspective and at the same time boosting your creative potential. My mind is like a browser with multiple tabs open and this is ALL THE TIME.

Organizational Skills

Moving abroad requires careful planning and organization. The new environment can improve your time management and budget planning skills and help you become a better planner and organizer in private and professional life. I never thought I was so good at saving money and managing my time until I moved to England and got my first job and first apartment.


Every society is governed by its own set of rules and values which you’ll come across as soon as you arrive in a new environment. As a foreigner, you’ll have to adapt and follow these rules, but you’ll also learn to appreciate differences more, and the experience will boost your tolerance and soft skills. Something I learn every time I move to a new country is that my beliefs and common sense is always progressing and getting adapt to new experiences.


Besides what a lot of people think, not living in your country does not equal sadness. It’s actually fun and exciting. Every day you find about something new and it’s pretty much like being constantly travelling.

Last year, for example, I spent my first Christmas in England and I had no idea how traditionally English people were. It was fascinating! All the decorations, the events, the food, the music. Now I want to spend every Christmas in this country.

I could keep writing about my experiences all life long, but my point is, if you get a chance to move abroad, take the opportunity, and act on it right away. The experience will change you completely. The world awaits you.


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What to wear on an airplane

Comfortable and practical are key words when it comes to picking up the best outfits for wflong and even short plane rides. It might look like a nightmare at first: You start thinking about the weather on your current location and then you realize it’s much hotter or colder on your destination. Then you remember it’s super cold up in the clouds, but some air companies provide blankets. What should you do?Too much to handle!

Let me help you with a few simple tricks that will take your struggle away for any of your next trips. Here are the pieces I always include when deciding what to wear on an airplane:

1. Jeans – The key to be comfortable without feeling too dressed down and tired. Jeans are the perfect in between.

2. Flats – You are not a flight attendant to be rocking the heels while traveling. You’re allowed to slip into some nice flats or sneakers, especially if you know you’ll be walking a lot around the airport. I’ve never been to an airport where I didn’t have to walk for hours.


3. Favorite Tee – Switching between a tee and more dressed up tops depending on  your mood is crucial to have a comfortable trip.aa

4. Small Bag – Most airlines allow a carry on and a personal item, so always make sure to have one bag that’s a little smaller and can fit under the seat in front of you. You can later wear that bag a few times while on our holidays’ destination.

5. Pack a layer – Inside the small bag, you can pack an extra layer because it’s always very warm when you’re first getting on the plane and then freezing once you’re in the air!


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