In Honour of the Mitsubishi

The somewhat unnamed guest (or host, rather) on all of our Portugal adventures was the purple and silver Mitsubishi, the pick-up truck of Kevin's late grandfather, Avô Eugenio. This mammoth of a truck represents countless memories for Kevin and his brother, who spent their summers in the Algarve with their grandparents. Until recently, Avo Maria kept…

We Moved! And Decorated!

This post is primarily for my mom's friends, who haven't seen our new place yet. Kevin and I moved back to Toronto at the beginning of July, and have spent the past few months focused on setting up our new home together. We also got back into fostering with the Annex Cat Rescue, which you…

Back in Grimsby :: Thoughts on accepting unexpected changes in 2015

I've been working on this post for sometime, building it in my head, finally writing it out, and coming back to it with edits on edits. It seems fitting to publish this on New Year's Eve, after a rather surprising and challenging year. When I started writing this blog, Kevin and I were living in…

Back in Grimsby :: An update on what’s happening with this here blog

If you're reading closely, 2 things are clear: Kevin and I are back in Canada Most of the posts about our travels are describing things have taken place a few months ago At the end of July, Kevin and I booked one-way tickets back to Canada. We'd been in Portugal since early 2015, and had…

Did you know that Tyler came to visit?

While Kevin and I were in Cambodia, my brothers trekked halfway around the globe to visit us for a 10 day extravaganza. We managed to convince Tyler to come on a similar adventure, this time in Portugal. Kevin put weeks of planning into a road trip that took us all around Portugal, where we saw some incredible…

We converted, and now we’re obsessed.

Back when e-readers came out, I worked at Chapters. I thought the Kobo was a cool concept but, like many people, I love buying, holding, having books. It had been suggested that I buy an e-reader, but I'd always declined. In my mind, nothing can beat a real book, in my hand, and then on…

Life with a garden in Alte

The garden at Avo Olimpia's house in Alte is not just for lemon trees and orange trees. It's also a place for herbs and flowers. Many, many flowers. In particular, roses. When I was growing up, my grandparents had a truly incredible rose garden. I frequently remember walking through the garden with my grandparents, examining…

Wait, where exactly do I work?

"Work" is kind of a funny concept. I do a lot of work on different fronts, but I'm currently only monetarily compensated for one of them. Things like blogging, writing TripAdvisor reviews, helping friends write CVs, exploring ideas for future projects, don't have immediate financial dividends. However, I do have a paid job, working remotely for…

Welcome to Portugal, where you can’t do things quickly, even if you try.

At the beginning of 2015, I had 2 goals for this blog: 1. Continue to write regularly 2. Write more about my feelings and experiences, as opposed to a steady stream of I-went-here stories (though I do plan to continue those as well!) June is around the corner and I've published so few posts that…