Return to the Algarve

My sweet, amazing, fantastic grandma is turning 75 this year, and to celebrate that my whole family and I went to beautiful Lagos, Algarve, Portugal again. Exactly 5 years ago we went for the same reason: back then my gran turned 70 and the trip was so memorable that we were all in for a do-over. Besides, the whole family kept bringing it up to gran about returning so it was also to just shut us up for a few more years.

As mentioned, this time we went to Lagos, which is about 1,5 hour from the Faro Airport. We only stayed in the Albufeira area last time so it was great to discover the more Western part of the Algarve. Gran wanted to go here specifically because then we could easily go to the most South Western part of Europe: Cabo da Roca.
Our trip was basically eating Pastel de Nata every singe day (seriously no exceptions), going to the gorgeous beach Porto de Mos and play in the huge waves (and getting sand EVERYWHERE), hiking either to see the sunrise or though the wild bushes in the burning sun and eating at our new favorite restaurant in Lagos called ‘the Garden’. Seriously recommend that one if you ever go there.
Oh, and playing card games every evening. That can get aggressive in our family, I tell you. We are all too competitive. Must be a family thing.

We had a great time. The weather was exceptional, we only had bad weather 2 days: when we arrived, so that was not too bad, and (of course) when we went to the waterpark in Portmao. That was very bad; never been so cold in my life. But we got through it and had a blast anyways.

I did not make too many pictures because I tried to just see the amazing views with my own eyes instead of through the lens of a camera for once. But here are some photos I randomly took.

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Hiking yay
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Olhos d’Agua, the town we stayed in 5 years ago. The weather was shit that day but I look happy cause holidays.

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Biggest pizza EVER. Im serious. This one must be winning prizes in size. Was so tasty though, pizza Rucola is definetly my fave.
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With the squad: my two cousins. We shared a car with the three of us. I cannot drive but my cousin let me drive in this RENTAL car for the FIRST time in my life. Long story short: I almost drove into a palmtree. (I wish I was joking)
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With my little sister.
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‘Ohh take a pic from me at this amazing wall, mom!’ *brother casually puts feet in frame and ruined it* Thankfully my awkward pose ruined it too. But the wall looks great.
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Happy mom with nice view.
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Cloudy but sunny.
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This looks like a sunset picture with my gran but it is actually a picture of a long search to my uncle’s car keys that got taken into the sea by a massive wave. Lots went wrong with cars this holiday.
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I can stare at this view alllll day.
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My sister, looking at the view. I couldnt come closer to the view cause Im afraid of heights and the viewpoint was about 80 meters high and my grandma kept repeating that if you fall you cannot get out and just die in the sea.

 

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Got up at 7:15 to hike 20 minutes to a viewpoint so we could see the sun come up. I open my windows: CLOUDS EVERYWHERE. But it was still pretty, this picture doesn’t do it justice.

 

 

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Discovering Öland

Today we drove to Öland, an island about 2 hours away from Växjö, where we are staying right now with friends.

Öland is the place where all the Swedish citizens go to have their holidays. The island has lots of beaches, but we only visited a castle called the Borgholm slott and we drove to the most Northen lighthouse of Öland.

Sunset walks at the most North point of Öland
This picture was taken only ten minutes before the first picture. The sun sets so fast here in Sweden.
This lighthouse was at the most Northen part of Öland, and it was called ‘Långe Erik’
It was cloudy at first, but at one point the sky broke open and the sun beamed from the sky. So beautiful
The castle
A lovely day in Sweden

The happy city: Copenhagen

When my friend and I decided to visit our two other friends in Sweden, the idea came to live to do a roadtrip. Both of us deeply infected by wanderlust, in no time at all we planned to also visit Sweden’s neighbour country: Denmark. Neither one of us visited the capital before so we booked our ticket to Copenhagen, to travel from there on to Sweden. 

I have never before been to Scandinavia, so for me this was an exciting, new adventure. Traditionally, at the Amsterdam airport I searched for a book to bring on the trip. I do this so I have a book that reminds me of my travels. As I was searching through the many books, trying to make a choice, I found the perfect one: The Little Book of Lykke; The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People. The book is written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, who researches the happiest people on earth by turning happiness into something you can measure. I haven’t read it all yet, just the first 50 pages, but it is so interesting and I recommend everyone to read it as it is just a book of positive, humerous energy even though the writer always stays biased and critical toward the subject.

Anyhow, we arrived very late in Copenhagen and the only thing we did was eat, drink a big Danish beer and sleep. The day after we got up semi-early (we are both not morning people AT ALL) and strolled around the beautiful city. 

Always making pictures of flowers 😂

A Church we found while walking around. It almost looked like Harry Potter castle, so pretty!
Nyhavn is the harbor with all the colorful houses. A great place to shoot photos, especially with the fantastic weather we had
We went to the Copenhagen Food Halls, where you can find an indoors food market with the most delicous meals, from Brazillian food to Italian. Worth a visit if you are a foodie (like me)

I did not take pictures of everything, since I wanted to enjoy the moment of just being there too. I have to say: our day spend in Copenhagen was a happy day. One with sunshine, food, and gorgeous building and statues. 

Now we are already on our next location: Malmö, Sweden. Excited for the rest of this roadtrip! God kväll! 

Magical Malta

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The view of Spinola Bay. Right from our balcony. You could even swim in this lovely bay, it was like a free pool 🙈

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Valletta, a beautiful city, but in summer to freaking hot to fully explore. I bet in fall/spring this city will have lots of culture to offer.

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Icecream in the form of a rose, so impressive!

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‘Oh, guys look! A colored door! Lets make thousands of pictures in from of it.’

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This was just a cute door okay. Don’t judge.

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I look this happy ’cause there were aircos and that was very welcome because freaking 40 degrees is unbearable.

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Look at that insane view. And me, trying to be cool.

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These airbeds were an absolute blessing. Recommended to buy with 40 degrees and limited shadow.

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Malta is known for the lack of green. My grandma told me that once there lived elephants on Malta, but they didn’t survive because the people cut all the trees and other plants. They did have this gorgeous garden left, though, no elephants here.

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Pointing to the garden in the previous picture: ‘there must be shadow there guys!!!’

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Sunset with these golden girls

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Pizza makes holidays complete. So do cocktails.

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Or wine. Or any kinds of alcohol 😜

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On the last day of our holiday we went to the blue lagoon. Yep, pretty water 🏝

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Yes. This filter is bringing out my tan. But I swear I was really tanned. Just not as tanned as this pic 🙄