Day 263

One of the hardest parts of traveling and sightseeing for roughly 9 months straight is that sometimes you just get completely exhausted at the least convenient times, like when it’s your only full day to explore in Barcelona but you hit a wall mid-day and desperately need a 2-hour nap and to just update about…

Day 262

I traveled from Lisbon to Barcelona and upon checking into my hostel ran into the one and only Carol, so she and I enjoyed a night out having wine + tapas with some professional friends of hers, and at about 1:30am I hit the hardest wall, as if I had spent the previous 3 days…

Day 261

While Jesse and Dave hopped on a plane back to their lovely families stateside, Sean, Gustavo and I jumped in an Uber to go to Carcavelos to drop our stuff, Sintra to explore that whole big castle complex that I still don’t understand, and back to Carcavelos for some easy downtime, pizza, and more wine…

Day 260

Day 2 of the food crawl featured great coffee (and a presentation about some work I’m about to get started with, which means I am now the Director of Active Design, heeyyyy), a trip to LX Factory to meet with a local pastry chef from an incredible restaurant who gave us some insight on what’s…

Day 259

Day 1 of the #gspfoodcrawl included a flight to Lisbon, getting hopelessly lost in the Lisbon airport, a questionable Airbnb check-in, and so many snacks and drinks, a personal tour of Sheperd Fairey’s work (remember the Obama posters? yeah, him), and ending at the Park rooftop bar with all five of us already bubbling with…

Day 258

Started the day with a run to the beach with Kara which was good but also made me realize how STATIONARY I have been for so long and maybe also like my legs are broken because no reasonably-fit person should be so averse to/whiny about running.

Day 257

Now that I’m in this new neighborhood and staying with Steph + Daan, I’m much closer to the Russafa Market to get cold brew in the morning and lunch/working with Paulina at cute cafes, making getting out of my airbnb a few days early one of the better choices I’ve made this year (it is, and…

Day 256

Nursed a bad day by finally watching The Incredible Jessica James (I’m a fan) and getting into Big Little Lies (I’m a big fan), and then was finally able to chat with herl for a couple hours which took me right out of my bad day.

Day 255

The goal was to go to the beach, which we technically did, but we started at brunch, then went to the beach for 10 minutes before it started raining so we went to see an imax movie about America’s national parks (there were tears on all of our faces – that ice ballroom!), then went…

Day 254

A day of work between a cafe + cafe de kelly turned into tapas + wine turned into a group potluck/viewing of the Great British Bake Off and it was kind of the perfect end to a week.

Day 253

This evening I was walking to get myself a nice little juice and on the way there heard this huge collection of drums, so I went out of my way to check it out and there was a full-on drum practice going on under one of the bridges in the Turia Gardens (aka river park),…

Day 252

It seems (read: is definitely) silly to be eager to finish up the year for the sake of getting back to tough workouts, but that is where we are at because wine + pasta + gelato for dinner on a not-so-irregular basis and the occasional run is just not working for me (so please keep…