Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pelos caminhos de Portugal - part 11 - Coimbra day 2

Hello there! :)

Before I get started, I have a little warning to make: this post contains many pictures!! :-)
Yeah, Coimbra is so full of amazing and cute places to show that it was very difficult to make a small selection.
On our second day in town, we spent most of our morning at the University campus, visiting every single building including the so well know and breathtaking Library (where it's not allowed to take photos...), the university's Tower, chapel and main Hall.
All these buildings had their own magic; from the top of the Tower, you can have an amazing view over the city. But honestly, the Baroque Library is just something out of this world.
See it for yourself: LINK

As always, we walked until the point of completely tiredness, but that's simply the only way to get to know a place. We wondered around the narrow streets, checked out the Old Sé and even crossed the Mondego river, which gave us a new perspective of this charming city.

After this day, we came to the conclusion that in order to visit this city, one needs:
- Strong lung capacity;
- Good walking shoes;
- Be fit;
- Not mind the constant leg and feet pain.

Here are "some" pictures for you.
The stairs leading to the University Campus. I felt like Rambo.... 

The new Sé 
A very well known Portuguese artist.
Interesting buildings 
The Mondego river 
The old train station 
Street art 
The entry to the old Sé
 
Beautiful Coimbra

How did you like Coimbra? I think we will come back....
Just one more chapter left in this amazing adventure through Portugal.
Come check it! :-)

See you soon!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Movie tip!!

Hey guys!

Any plans for tonight? Here's a little tip.
Should you have the time and the will to go to the cinema, do yourself a favor and check out the amazing movie "Bridges of Spies" directed by the brilliant Steven Spielberg, featuring the talented Tom Hanks.
The movie is about 2h20 but it is for sure not boring at all!
You get hooked on this thriller/drama espionage story line during the Cold War.

Here's the trailer:

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ;)
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Finally...

It took him a while, but he finally got the right stylist!


Better later than never...  :-)
Not sure he deserves the prize though...

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Pelos caminhos de Portugal - part 10 - Coimbra

Hello!! :-)

I am finally back with another chapter of our summer road trip to the North and Central part of Portugal. I know it is taking long to finish this series, but besides not always having the time, I find it nice to every now and then, go back to this amazing trip even though it has already passed so many months. It keeps all the memories alive. ;-)
But, shall we continue?

On the way to Coimbra, we had a bus switch in Viseu. It was quick (1hr) so we just headed to the city center to get some food.
Iniatly, Viseu was part of our holiday plan, but due to time constrains, we had to drop out some places to visit. But hey; there will be a second chance, some time soon! ;-)

 Coimbra - day 1:

After arriving in Coimbra, we headed to our hotel, to freshen up and get ready to go in town.
Since the hotel was very close to the Botanic garden, we decided to walk through it on the way to the city center. It was so fresh, green and relaxing. Totally recommend!
Soon after, we were at the University Campus of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest Universities in continuos operation in the world. I already knew I would love it here (my inner nerd self, was mesmerized with the Maths building entry way), but we decided to visit it in more detail on our second day (will be in a future post!).

Normally, you have castles on the highest points of cities/towns/villages. In Coimbra, you have the University. I think, this is not just a coincidence, since Coimbra lives and breathes from it. Almost everything revolves around this institution.

Walking through Coimbra little streets felt so inspiring and charming. It was definitely a huge challange for our tired legs and feet, but hey; no pain no gain!
As the day was slowly getting to an end, it was about time to find a place to eat, and we made a reservation at a very traditional and well known restaurant, downtown, called "O Trovador".
We didn't know, but there was a live fado show planned, and it was our very first time to listen to fado live. Not only the food was delicious, the music was equally good. We both left with full stomachs, warm souls, me with crying eyes but overall, happy with the amazing evening we just had.
So, if you are ever in Coimbra, do yourself a favor and go to "O Trovador" restaurant. Here's the contact information: Click

Here are some photos of our first evening in Coimbra; I hope you enjoy it!
   

I will come back soon with the second part of our days in Coimbra. It is a beautiful city totally worth the to visit!
Come check the blog soon for more detailed info. ;-)

See you soon!!!

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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Beauty | Keep them smooth

Hello!! :-)

Today is all about keep lips smooth.
I don't know about you, but my lips are 9/10 times super dry and chapped. No matter how much lip balm I apply, it just doesn't get better.
Measures had to be taken...

Around the Holiday season, Lush had their limited edition Lip Scrub called Santa's, with a nice mix of coca-cola and cherry. Such flavor I can only notice after wash away the remaining of the scrub after rubbing it on my lips for as long as necessary.
The little hearts are so cute and I like to see them as an extra touch of love to my lips. hahaha
I use the scrub in circular motions, using my fingers and whatever is left, I just rub both top and lower lip together. It is a tough job not to lick on the lips all the time when they taste this good! hahaha
Goodie bag!
Pics taken w/ Sony a5100 w/ kit lens

As a finishing touch, I apply a generous coat of lip balm, whatever I am currently using.

I tried to do this every week, but honestly, I tend to forget. Here's one item for the 2016-resolutions list.... ;-)

What do you do to kip your lips smooth?
I would love to know your tips.

See you soon!
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Monday, January 04, 2016

Invisalign - Tray 1 & 2

Hello there! :-)

So, today I've got a little update on my Invisalign journey.

First two weeks impressions:
  • Week #1 day 1 & 2: Mouth extremely dry and sore inner lips caused by the attachments every time I had to eat and talked without the trays on.
  • Broke the first attachment on the second day of wearing Invisalign. Apparently, Invisalign does not check if the position of the attachments could lead to conflict while biting/eating. 
  • Week #1 day 1-4: Removing the aligners feels like you are pulling all your teeth out but it doesn't hurt.
  • Switching from set #1 to set #2 it felt very tight... Imagine you just bought a pair of jeans that are 2 sizes smaller than what you should have. That's how my teeth felt in set #2! hahah
  • Day 2 of set#2 was the first time I felt pain. My teeth were sore, specially the lower ones. Couldn't bite on food but after 1 paracetamol, all got fine. From that point on, everything smooth!

As time goes by, the aligners are not super tight anymore and it's a lot easier to remove/put them back in. Even though I thought my speech had changed, it seems that nobody notices anything.
I also thought that everyone could notice my attachments and braces while talking but I was wrong! And yes, I do have some attachments on my front teeth (not the middle ones).

To keep them clean, I use a baby tooth brush (it reaches the smaller places much easier than an adult brush) and a bit of tooth paste. Nothing fancy but I haven't noticed any coloration so far. I'm just following the instructions that came with the Starter Kit.

I knew what I was getting into but brushing my teeth&aligners every single time I eat (which reduced from 6 to 4 times/day) is a bit annoying!
Do it on public restrooms becomes even more awkward. You get funny looks but nobody says a word (so far...).
My purse became a portable mouth cleaning kit; everywhere I go I need to carry:
  • Tooth brush + paste
  • Flossers
  • Aligners's case
And yeah, say good bye to unexpected snacking/drinking. Everything has to be planed.
On the other hand, I try to keep it as relaxed as possible, as I don't want to be a "slave" of these braces. As long as I carry my "cleaning kit" everywhere, all is fine.
After a while, you just get used to it and to the looks you get... hahaha

While wearing the aligners, I just can't bite my lips (you know... remove dry patches... I know it's not good!) or nails! So, finally, they are slowly getting back to a much better size and shape.
But because I wash my hands so much more now, my skin is super dry. I will soon become one the biggest hand-cream customers of my local drugstore...

But for those who are wondering how the first two sets of aligners look, here they are:
I honestly do not see a major difference between set 1 and 2, but if there's something I can point out is the slightly movement of my two front upper teeth.

I did get my first session of IPR done (a procedure to file a bit of your teeth's enamel to make them "slimmer" so they have more room to move) and it was not painful though uncomfortable. No need to be afraid! ;-)

At the moment, tray #3 is almost over; it's going fast.... :)

Soon, I will come back with more info/updates.
If you have any questions, please, leave them in the comments section below.

See you soon!!
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