Mexican Caribbean – Beaches not to miss

Every time I talk about the city where I lived in Mexico, Mérida, as it isn't "famous" in Portugal, I always tell it is near Cancún. Actually there's a five hour way separating both cities, but for Mexico that's close. Though there are beaches next...

2 days in Lisbon – where to go and what to avoid

I have a tendency here in the blog, to speak mostly of my trips abroad, when Lisbon is the city I know best, not only because whenever I have foreign friends visiting I take them for a walk, just as I have gone for a walk countless times to find...

5 days in Mexico City

Mexico City, capital of the country that was named after the tribe that lived here, the Aztecs, who called themselves Mexicas. Mexico City, the third largest city in the world, with more than 20 million inhabitants. Mexico City, land of chilangos,...

Florence – what you should absolutely visit

As you may know, I did Erasmus in Florence, having spent ten months between 2013 and 2014 in the Tuscan capital. At the time, the blog was another, where I documented my day to day, my visits today to this Palazzo, tomorrow to another. Today I...

What to do in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico

For those who don't know, I lived in the city of Mérida, Yucatán, between January and May 2015, an exchange financed by Santander, Ibero-American program, still when I was in university. There were two main reasons for choosing this city, the first...

7 days in and around Paris

Day 1 - arrival and Centre Georges Pompidou I came to Paris to visit a great friend who is here in Erasmus. I stayed in the Cité Internationale, where she lives, and where the  university residences of each country can be found. I landed at Orly...

Rome – 6 day itinerary

Directly after my week in Paris I flew to Rome for almost a week of <<between semesters'>> holidays before returning to classes in Florence. I also had some Erasmus friends here, with whom I stayed. Actually this script has only five...

Marrakesh – so close and yet so different

Last year in May Jorge and I travelled to Morocco. I was pretty excited, as it was one of the close destinations I always wanted to visit. From the airplane we could see how diverse the landscape was, but also how dry and hot everything should be....

10 days in Guatemala

The itinerary I leave here today isn’t exactly what I did, once I integrated Guatemala in a trip from Mérida to Mexico City and I was just 7 days in the country. This is my suggestion for 10 days (aka I wish I had more time there!) to those who...

7 days in Sicily

When I was in Florence in Erasmus most of my friends were actually from Sicily. So Maria, my flatmate, and I, decided we should fly there during our Easter Holidays and visit the island. We stayed two days in Palermo, took a bus to Taormina where...

3 days in Moscow with Viagens Abreu

When my sister and I were younger my father used to take us each year to a summer trip. In 2011 we went to Russia, visiting Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A lot of people say that Saint Petersburg is more beautiful than Moscow but I preferred the...

3 day tour to the Desert from Marrakesh, Morocco

In 2016 I went to Morocco for the first time. Foreigners who do not need a visa for Portugal can be in Portugal for a period of three months, renewable for another three months and then have to leave the Schengen area and re-enter so that time...

Madeira – 5 days, 5 hikes

I had three weeks of holidays (all from last year, since I started working for TAP) and little money in my pocket. So I decided to go to Madeira for five days – TAP offers us domestic flights, so everyone can go home, and I stayed with my great...

Tunisia – Oasis circuit in 4×4

Another family trip, this one in 2008, “powered by” Abreu Viagens. Nowadays and with the age that I have, I avoid these tours with everything organized, but in this case I think it was a great way to get to know the whole country and in a very fun...

Discovering Yucatán (Mexico)

The Yucatan peninsula is one of the most impressive places I have ever visited! I lived in its capital, Mérida, for a semester, and this city is a great starting point to visit several other places of this beautiful state, since it is in a very...

7 days in São Miguel, Azores

São Miguel is the biggest island of the Azorean archipelago, out of nine. It is also the most visited one, not just because it is so beautiful and has many things to see, but mostly because there are no direct flights to the other islands, except...

10 things to do in Oaxaca, Mexico

When I say that I lived in Mexico, I say that I lived in Mérida, but in fact I have spent as much time in the state of Oaxaca as in Mérida. As my husband comes from its capital, Oaxaca de Juárez, whenever we go to Mexico, we go to Oaxaca to visit...

One week in the city that doesn’t sleep – New York

I’m in New York City!!! When I first arrived it seemed really weird to be here, it seemed unreal to be in a place that you feel you know from so many movies, but where you have actually never been! My first impression, when I arrived in the subway...

Cuba – 14 days through Havana, Viñales, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Varadero

Cuba is a country that has always been present in the conversations in my house, one of my father's dream destinations, communism in its purest state. I was living in Mexico when it get started speaking about the opening of the embargo that the...

3-day-weekend in Belgium

I went to Belgium in November of 2013, when I was in Erasmus in Italy, with my flatmate at the time, Maria João. We decided to go there because we had a friend doing Erasmus in Brussels, because we found a great flight and just because I really...

7 days in Sicily

When I was in Florence in Erasmus most of my friends were actually from Sicily. So Maria, my flatmate, and I, decided we should fly there during our Easter Holidays and visit the island. We stayed two days in Palermo, took a bus to Taormina where we stayed one and a...

10 things to do in Oaxaca, Mexico

When I say that I lived in Mexico, I say that I lived in Mérida, but in fact I have spent as much time in the state of Oaxaca as in Mérida. As my husband comes from its capital, Oaxaca de Juárez, whenever we go to Mexico, we go to Oaxaca to visit the family. The state...

Discovering Yucatán (Mexico)

The Yucatan peninsula is one of the most impressive places I have ever visited! I lived in its capital, Mérida, for a semester, and this city is a great starting point to visit several other places of this beautiful state, since it is in a very central position in...

5 days in Mexico City

Mexico City, capital of the country that was named after the tribe that lived here, the Aztecs, who called themselves Mexicas. Mexico City, the third largest city in the world, with more than 20 million inhabitants. Mexico City, land of chilangos, city of contrasts,...

What to do in Maputo

Mozambique's last post, the post about Maputo, the capital. On this trip Maputo was like a place of passage, first on the way to Pemba, then between Ilha de Moçambique and Kruger, with the arrival of Clara, and finally a few days before returning to Lisbon. We were...

Madeira – 5 days, 5 hikes

I had three weeks of holidays (all from last year, since I started working for TAP) and little money in my pocket. So I decided to go to Madeira for five days – TAP offers us domestic flights, so everyone can go home, and I stayed with my great friend Soraia. I have...

Tunisia – Oasis circuit in 4×4

Another family trip, this one in 2008, “powered by” Abreu Viagens. Nowadays and with the age that I have, I avoid these tours with everything organized, but in this case I think it was a great way to get to know the whole country and in a very fun way, since the group...

10 days in Guatemala

The itinerary I leave here today isn’t exactly what I did, once I integrated Guatemala in a trip from Mérida to Mexico City and I was just 7 days in the country. This is my suggestion for 10 days (aka I wish I had more time there!) to those who travel directly to...

5 days around Montenegro

In 2014 after leaving Italy where I was in Erasmus, I went to Bosnia and Herzegovina for EFIL's Volunteer Summer Summit, passing by Split on the way. Prior my departure I had talk with some friends to do a road trip in the Balkans afterwards and Niklas, André and...

Rome – 6 day itinerary

Directly after my week in Paris I flew to Rome for almost a week of <<between semesters'>> holidays before returning to classes in Florence. I also had some Erasmus friends here, with whom I stayed. Actually this script has only five days because I count...

7 days in and around Paris

Day 1 - arrival and Centre Georges Pompidou I came to Paris to visit a great friend who is here in Erasmus. I stayed in the Cité Internationale, where she lives, and where the  university residences of each country can be found. I landed at Orly airport and took the...

3-day-weekend in Belgium

I went to Belgium in November of 2013, when I was in Erasmus in Italy, with my flatmate at the time, Maria João. We decided to go there because we had a friend doing Erasmus in Brussels, because we found a great flight and just because I really wanted to visit...

2 days in Milano

Our Erasmus adventure started! Maria and I arrived to Milan, where we are spending two days before going to Florence. Milano is beautiful, but not amazing, you have to know Italians to show you the beautiful places, hidden from the tourists. On our first day we...

7 days in São Miguel, Azores

São Miguel is the biggest island of the Azorean archipelago, out of nine. It is also the most visited one, not just because it is so beautiful and has many things to see, but mostly because there are no direct flights to the other islands, except to Terceira. The...

3 days in Moscow with Viagens Abreu

When my sister and I were younger my father used to take us each year to a summer trip. In 2011 we went to Russia, visiting Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A lot of people say that Saint Petersburg is more beautiful than Moscow but I preferred the capital city, maybe...

Renata Macedo de Sousa; Lisbon, Portugal; 1992.

I am fortunate that my parents have always wanted to show me how much there is outside our doors, either around the corner, or miles away from home! Because of this I developed a curiosity difficult to satisfy, suffering greatly when I spend too much time in the same place! I have visited more than forty countries, lived in Germany, Italy and Mexico, where I met the love of my life! Finally I found my dream job as a flight attendant at TAP and my daily routine is to travel! 🙂