Friday, December 20, 2013

Espreitadela

Ora então vamos lá começar isto bem: FÉRIAS!!!! :D

Finalmente... Tava a ver que este dia nunca mais chegava! hahaha
Ainda não percebi muito bem como este ano passou tão rápido, mas é um facto: estamos a 11 dias do final do ano! A ver se 2014 trás coisinhas boas para todos.

Ando há imenso tempo para escrever sobre uma coisa que sempre me chamou à atenção, desde a minha primeira visita ao país das tulipas: As janelas!
Porquê as janelas?! 
Para começar, 99,99% das casas têm imensas janelas (deve ser para aproveitar os míseros raios de sol que se fazem ver por estas bandas) e a maioria delas são longas. É muito raro ver daqueles edíficios que parecem caixotes com uns quadradinho a que se chamam janelas, tipo aqueles que há aos pontapés em Portugal...
O segundo facto, é que é também muito raro ver estores/percianas (chamem-lhe o que quiserem) nas janelas. Cá me cheira que isto está ligado com o primeiro facto... Ora, quem não ficaria espantado com isto, quando confrontado com esta realidade pela primeira vez?!... Eu fiquei!


Estores/percianas levam-me a falar de cortinas e aqui sim, foi mega choque para mim e até hoje ainda não me habituei ao facto dos Laranjinhas (nome fofo para Holandeses, heim?! hahaha) não terem o habito de porem cortinas nas janelas. Às vezes, até parece que fazem competição. A sala ou cozinha, são a divisão da casa que eles gostam de partilhar com qualquer pessoa que vá a passar. E não pensem que está escuro do outro lado de lá da janela! Nop!! Haja luz... Parece que têm a casa em exposição para quem passa e se digne a olhar lá para dentro.


Eu acho isto engraçado, mas por outro lado, nunca lhes terá ocorrido algo como "falta de privacidade"?!
Enfim, isto cada um tem a sua, não é verdade?

Vão-me desculpar os Laranjinhas, mas na minha casa, há cortinas!! Se querem ver alguma exposição, dirijam-se ao museu mais próximo! That's all! hahaha :)

Agora vou só ali abrir as cortinas e deixar o sol entrar, algo suuuuper raro em meados de Dezembro!!!

B.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Hint #8

This hint number 8, is very special to me!
Such a great coincidence, that I wanted to share as one of the hints.... Now, where am I attending a show of my fellow Porties, Moonspell???


A light at the end of the earth
Was it for this we sold our souls?
Was it for this we missed our chance
Of leaving?

(For) a lie at the end of the earth

Can't wait!!!!! :D :D

B.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Almost! :)


For two amazing things....weekend and holiday!!!!!

Enjoy your Friday!
B.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Early days....

... allow you to see this beautiful sunrise!
Ah... and the -2ºC it's just a slight detail!
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Stop!!

It freaks the hell out of me, to spot people staring at me while I'm having lunch...



I mean, it's not my fault that those people eat only a sandwich or a cake or any other junk food as a meal.
Sorry people, I'm slim and eat a regular meal!
Now, stop staring and go get some real food!!!
 
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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Hint #7



Where could this be?!... :D
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Oh oh oh...

Sunday is almost over and so is the weekend.
I don't know how this happens, but the days/weeks/months are just flying away almost at the speed of light!
Seriously, a few days ago we were celebrating a new year and now... even the Christmas tree is standing in our living room, giving us an extra coziness feeling.
How is this possible?!...

Anyway, this was the Christmas weekend; gifts were bought and wrapped, tree was set (my favorite part!) and another walk through the Christmas Market was also in the program!

bling bling and more bling

A new buddy on our tree :)




Now, just a couple of weeks and then... let the party beginning!! Yahooooo :-D
Would be also cool to have some snow; nothing beats a white Christmas, I must admit.

What are you plans for Christmas?
Over here, I need to start planning the menu which should be a mix of Porty and Dutch delicacies.

B.

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A little bit of home

They say, 'Home is where your heart is'... Indeed, but not only.
What about all those places where you left your heart along your journey in this World? That's why, no matter where I might live, Porty-land will always be home, or at least, a little bit of home.

Moving abroad, made me realize how I miss the Portuguese cuisine. I came to the conclusion that we have one of the most diverse, tasty, healthy, colorful cuisine out there! And I'm not expert, but this is just how I see it.
The news that a Portuguese restaurant has been opened in M-town, almost made me jump out of my chair of excitement! I could not wait to go and check it out.
I had really high hopes and expectations but on the other hand, I knew that if something wouldn't be as "it should", I would automatically spot it.



Well, all I can say is that my expectations were fulfilled!!!!
The food was marvelous together with  a cold Portuguese beer, delicious desert and of course, a great espresso!!!!
In the background, there was Fado playing and I found myself actually liking it... Huge surprise, I have to admit.

I totally recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes good food.
So, if happen to be in the neighborhood, don't forget to check out Portogatelo.

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Monday, December 02, 2013

Movie o'clock

Sunday evening, what to do??
Watch a movie!
No nice movies on tv... all dvds in the wrack we've seen it, the last option was the movie rental form our tv provider. We found this one, on the latest additions:



I don't remember seeing my lovely Lisbon on the screen, in a movie, before, so it was a great experience. Great cast, great story, so I totally recommend this one!
If you are not familiar with what happened in Porty land in the 70's, here's a good opportunity.
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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Hello December!!

It's unbelievable how fast this year is flying by....
November is over, December is back together with its adorable Christmas lights and decorations, spread all over the city.



But December will also bring final Dutch exam so, I think this will fit my December mode, pretty well:


B.
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Hint #6

On Hint #6, let's stay healthy:


:-)
B.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Finally....

Saturday!!

YES!! YES!! YES!! YES!!
Saturday's are even better if you start them with a nice cup of coffee after a very long sleep. I like! :)



Simple things, to kick off the weekend!

Bom fim-de-semana.
B.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

What seemed to be very nice...

... it turned out not to be!



The trailer was promising but the movie... BORING!!!!
Despite Cameron Diaz who performed a bad ass b*tch, the rest was very bad.
Still don't get the point about the whole story.

If anyone saw this, enlighten me, please!
B.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hint #5

Week #5 is about to end, but not before one more hint! :-)

May them rest in peace...


But where?!

B.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

A visit to...

... the butcher, or what they call butcher over here.
A butcher, where I come from, is a place where you can buy fresh meat, no matter if it's cut already or not. Most butchers have all kind of meat, any time of the year, any day of the week. 
So, I thought that over here would be the same; wrong!!!

example of butchers in NL
Apparently, they have some meat already prepared for people to take home; like pork, beef and chicken. These are the common things available. Now the best part: depending on the season, they might have some other meat, like rabbit, turkey, etc. This is already surprising to me; are the rabbits seasonal over here? Can't they breed them throughout the whole year?!!...
Moving on, there's something even more brilliant!! You can't buy, for example, a rabbit at the butchers!! LOL


example of butchers in Porty-land


They have rabbit legs to sell but not the rest of the rabbit! I mean.... what about the rest?!?! Are rabbits born only with legs in this country?! hahaha Of course not; if you want to get it, you need to order in advance (wtf?!) and they will ask at their supplier.
I could not believe this, but it's the way things work here!

I was as surprised by this as the staff at the butchers were when asked "what do you do with the rest of the rabbit?? They don't have only legs..."
Sorry, but this is just ridiculous (if we wanna stay on the polite-side)!

Anyway, it's nice living in this country.... just a bit too different from down south Europe! ;-)

B.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

My first DIY

Last Christmas, the company where I work, gave away a nice cookie box filled with traditional biscuits from Aachen. Truth to be told, I preferred the box than the biscuits. :-)

Once the biscuits were gone, I didn't want to throw the box away as I think it's a very beautiful one. So the thing has been lying around for quite some months, totally useless. Until one day!
I needed to get a box for all my tea bags, as I have so many boxes, but didn't like any of the boxes I found at stores. They all looked the same...
That was the Eureka moment!! Why not use the old biscuit box?!? All I need it was some paperboard and voilá!



It was all done in 5min and it cost 3.99euros!!!
So, if you happen to be in the same situation, you should try this DIY! Easy, fast and cheap. :)

Tea o'clock for me!
B.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Adeventures in the kitchen #3

Anyone fancying an easy Muffin recipe?
Over here, we're big fans of these little fellas and they taste great! It's very easy to make, so here you are:
Strawberry muffins with Chocolate
What will you need (approx. 16muffins)
  • Eggs: 3
  • Sugar: 150g
  • Flour: 300g
  • Baking powder: 1 tea spoon
  • Butter: 80g
  • Milk: 150ml
  • Strawberries: as much as you want. :)
How to:
  1. Mix the eggs with sugar, milk and melted butter
  2. Once you get an homogeneous mix, add the flour and baking powder, and stir again.
  3. Add the strawberries, cut in  small pieces.
  4. Pour the mix into your muffin baking tray.
  5. Keep it in the over for about 35min, at 180C.
Bom apetite! :)
B.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Things I don't understand

Here's one:


And yes, I just saw one of these, in the corridor...

Why????....
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Monday, November 18, 2013

From Portugal with Love #4

One of our last destinations in Porty-land was the beautiful village Sintra.
Sintra is located ~30km away from Lisbon and it's a Must see location to go, once you visit Portugal.
If you want to know more, here you have some links: Sintra on Wiki Sintra @ Unesco

We enjoyed our day there, despite the sore feet/legs/knees and whatever muscle was in use! haha
If you have the opportunity to go there, please do so!!! There's a lot to see; meaning we need to come back. :)
Here are some pics, during our visit to Quinta da Regaleira:








Portugal, it was nice to be there again! See you somewhere in 2014!! :)

Até breve,
B.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hint #4

Even though week 4 is almost ending, here it is hint #4:


100million of these boxes are eaten each year... -.-
B.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

From Portugal with Love #3

On this one, I will keep the words short, as I think pictures talk by itself.
Lisboa, you're the one and only! <3







Halloween @ Hard Rock Café Lisbon! :D
If you have never been there, this is just a glimpse of this beautiful city! My beloved Lisboa!!! :D

Alfacinha, com muito gosto!
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Monday, November 11, 2013

11-11

11-November it's a day we, Porties, celebrate since a very young age. It's the Saint Martin's day, or in Portuguese, Dia de São Martinho.

Our tradition says that we should eat chestnuts and drink a sort of wine, called Àgua-pé. Here you can read more.

source: google

I was always a big fan of this tradition as I simply love chestnuts, but unfortunately, this will be another year that I won't celebrate it... no chestnuts... and the ones available are extremely expensive...

Happy Saint Martin's day!
B.
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Friday, November 08, 2013

Retrospect...

... contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc...


This is what retrospect stands for, in the dictionary. For me, it stands for that and much more.

Let's start from the beginning; March 23rd, 2013. A very cold day, painted in white due to snow and with gray skies. Sounds very depressing, but that's exactly what that day wasn't!
Many people from around the world came to cold Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, to testify what it would be, in my opinion, the best show I have ever been to. And I've been to quite some by now...
A band celebrating its 10th anniversary, together with fans, in situ and online! 

credits: www.vlien.net

I, as many other people, were very anxious for this show! I had no idea what to expect, only that one of my favorite bands, would be playing together with an orchestra and choir; a dream to me!! I've always loved classical music, and it makes me feel like no other music style does. 
3 hours passed like a blink of an eye; bruises on my legs, sore neck in the following days.... All worth it!!! Retrospect was the BEST show ever (I wrote this already....)!!! Old songs, new songs, never played songs... All was there, for everyone's taste and preferences.
Acrobats, special guests... I could keep on describing the whole thing but that would take way too long! hahaha

In summary, I was so touched by the whole production, band performance, crowd reaction, that when the show was over it all came out in the form of tears. Happy tears! :)
Also, experienced this great event together with friends from all over the place, was a very unique situation. I finally had the opportunity to meet people face-to-face that I only talked online! This was very special to me!!!

It's a show/day that I will always keep in my memory, no matter what.
And to help with that, there's a DVD/Blu-Ray out!!! You can get it here: Buy Retrospect
 




After have been to the Cinema premiere, I cannot wait to have my own copy and watch it over and over again! I'm also very curious about the extras! :)










I, personally, easily buy a DVD/Blu-Ray before than a studio album just because it gives you a different view of what a band experiences and most of the times, it was during a very special event.

 

  




Retrospect, was an Extraordinary evening that will always be remembered.
Thank you Epica (band/crew), Orchestra and Choir!! 
Obrigada!!


P.S.: This is not a advertisement post. It's just my opinion as an Epica fan!
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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

From Portugal with love #2

On day 2 of our last trip to Porty land, we drove south. I wanted to show Mr.A how diverse Porty land is, so our first destination was Évora!
Évora is a very nice city, in the province Alto Alentejo and it preserves the traditional southern architecture. If you want to know more about history and so, click here.





First stop: Praça do Giraldo. A sunny central square, where you can just sit down, have a good expresso and prepare your feet & legs for some serious walking.


We walked through the narrow streets, passed by several monuments but I had in mind a specific one...




The Roman Temple of Évora. It's classified by Unesco as World Heritage Site and it was built in honor to the Goddess Diana.

It's quite an impressive site if you think it's still there since the Roman times...







Then, we had a very nice lunch (which I have no picture of) at a little square where the City Hall is located. Charming, cozy and relaxing!


With some heavy stomach we were in need of some more walking and the last destination was kind of a creepy one, but we sure couldn't miss it!





We stopped by the Capela dos Ossos, which is a chapel where walls are covered with bones. More info here.


From there, we drove to another destination, to meet a very good friend of ours! We sure had a good time, and Mr.A had another perspective of Portugal, because as like many other countries, Portugal it's not only Lisbon and Porto...
There's more and equally interesting and worth to visit!


So, did you like this little glance of Évora? We sure did!


I will come back with Day #3, asap! For now, let's just grab some dinner in the form of a traditional southern Portuguese dish!!! Yummieeeeee :D

Tchau!
B.
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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Hint #3

Hello there!

New week means new hint!
Slowly, we are getting closer and closer... :-)

Where in the World, is there a law saying that women can not wear "body hugging clothes" while on the street?
If you have an idea where, please leave a comment.
Come check Hint #4 next week!

Greets,
B.
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