#tbt – Friendship reunion in Cannes!

In the time that I've been travelling, the glorious technology of iMessage & Group Chats has been a complete lifesaver, helping me keep in constant touch with some of my best friends in Canada. I have a group chat with 2 of my friends, Julie and Komal, that is essentially a haven of love, positivity,…

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Roadtrip Day 2: Piodao

When I say that Kevin researched and planned our road trip with Tyler, I don't mean that lightly. As soon as Tyler booked his tickets to visit, the research began. And not just some simple google searches of 'best sights in Portugal'. If Kevin has ever helped you with anything, you know that his research-style…

Roadtrip Day 1 (still!): Quinta da Regaleira

If you've ever read this blog, you know that we typically take our travel slowly. Even if that means we miss out on some possible sites, we always try to spend the maximum amount of time in our travel pursuits, in an attempt to really understand where it is that we're visiting. Clearly we didn't…

Roadtrip Day 1: Exploring the Convent of the Capuchos

After stopping at the Cabo da Roca, we drove back into the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. The drive alone was incredible: beautiful trees, winding roads that twisted up a hillside. Our next stop was at ruins of the centuries old Convent of the Capuchos. Literally translating to the "Cork Convent", its name comes from the insulation…

Roadtrip Day 1: We went to the edge of continental Europe!

A quick post today before we head out to the beach. This post is a bit late coming, but Kevin's best friend Mark is currently visiting, so we've been out and about (we also drove to Lisbon to pick him up 2 days in a row, because the first day we drove up we were…

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…

Back to the beginning: a few days in Lisbon

Back in December, when Kevin and I were in Canada for Christmas, we planned out a trip that would involve a couple of weeks in Lisbon followed by travels through Spain, all the way to Paris, where we'd then fly back to Cambodia. We booked plane tickets to Lisbon, Portugal for January 4th. Back in…