Sneaky scorpions resembling black lobsters, shy volcanoes coughing up clouds of dark smoke and a sweet old lady whose beauty was coined in a penny – Guatemala in review

My country is enduring its second lockdown since this nightmare called COVID arrived to ruin both our sleep and our time awake. Every day a new world record is beaten: the highest number of deaths, of new cases per 100.000 inhabitants. We are the dark champions in mortality and incidence of the disease, with new … Continue reading Sneaky scorpions resembling black lobsters, shy volcanoes coughing up clouds of dark smoke and a sweet old lady whose beauty was coined in a penny – Guatemala in review

An elegant dress code to impress Mr. COVID, a blue lagoon and a glass of rum under the stars – Glamping in Alentejo

2021 started, not with unrealistic resolutions this time, but with COVID still haunting humanity! Needless to say, it was the first NYE in about 12 years that I spent at home with my family and absolutely no friends. We all dressed up elegantly and threw an ultra-private “New Yorker jet set cocktail party”-style event to … Continue reading An elegant dress code to impress Mr. COVID, a blue lagoon and a glass of rum under the stars – Glamping in Alentejo

Hungry bushfires in a steaming hot country, an anti-princess in a palace and a stressful morning at the spa – Vidago and Chaves in review

Bushfires are Portugal’s biggest seasonal concern, as each passing year a bit more of our country’s green lungs is reduced to ashes by the end of Summer. This year was no exception: dark smoke took up the blue sky over particular regions spread throughout the country. On my way to Vidago, as I was passing … Continue reading Hungry bushfires in a steaming hot country, an anti-princess in a palace and a stressful morning at the spa – Vidago and Chaves in review

Post-quarantine rants, rocky caves, golden cliffs and turquoise sea waters – Algarve in review

This year has been unique. A pandemic virus took over the world like we had never seen before in our lifetime. Borders were closed, streets became empty overnight, schools were shut down, offices were not able to retain even the most workaholic employee at his desk. All of a sudden, and thanks to technology, work … Continue reading Post-quarantine rants, rocky caves, golden cliffs and turquoise sea waters – Algarve in review

Let the dogs out, please.

Home is definitely not the place I’d rather be right now. Something about these walls around me is starting to seriously annoy me. Is it the colour, the height, the same pictures hanging lifelessly through eternity? I can’t really tell. After two months under house arrest, life before this pandemic sounds utopian. Restaurants? Dinner parties? … Continue reading Let the dogs out, please.

26 places that changed my life – part 2

If you missed the first 13, go check them out first at https://theworldthroughmyopiceyes.com/2020/03/16/26-places-that-changed-my-life-part-1/ 14. Amazon Rainforest, South America I remember this guy on the TV show “Who wants to be a millionaire?”, when asked what he was going to do with the money if he won the final prize, promptly replying “I would run in … Continue reading 26 places that changed my life – part 2

26 places that changed my life – part 1

Now that I have completed my 26th turn around the sun, I decided to make a list of the 26 places that, one way or another, helped me to become the woman I am today. 1. Santorini, Greece If I could take a screenshot of the most beautiful vignette that has ever presented before my … Continue reading 26 places that changed my life – part 1

Maybe I don’t know what love is (Valentine’s day)

(To my parents) Maybe I don’t know what love is Because I never let the skyscrapers frame my feelings Maybe I don’t know what love is Because I never dared to scribble my name all over someone’s notebook Maybe I don’t know what love is Because I never sat at the same table every Saturday … Continue reading Maybe I don’t know what love is (Valentine’s day)

A virus outbreak, a nightclub on fire and a scary cable car ride – Hong Kong & Macao in review

China is all over the news. Unfortunately, not for a good reason. As this respiratory virus crosses borders and frightens health authorities, I can’t help but remember my month there. I visited both its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao, along with several continental chinese cities and villages. All by train. It was such … Continue reading A virus outbreak, a nightclub on fire and a scary cable car ride – Hong Kong & Macao in review

Tbilisi, the city that loves you – Georgia in review

During one of those brainless moments of endless facebook feed scrolling we all have nowadays, I came across an interesting article. The title was suggestive: “Guinness World Records - Oldest wine was made in Georgia”. As a fan of curiosities that add absolutely nothing to my life, but in turn take property of some memory … Continue reading Tbilisi, the city that loves you – Georgia in review