Welcome back to my blog!
We are into my second last week here in Lisbon, before I’ll be headed home for Christmas and then off to Morocco for a month.
So, I hope you enjoy this episode of my travel diary and have a great weekend.
The past two weeks have flown by. I didn’t do much, in contrary compared to what I’ve been exploring when I first got here, this is nothing. But still the weeks just went by quicker and quicker.
Also, the past weeks have been very different for me as I had no “routine” in form of classes or work or anything. I basically just had all the time in the world to do whatever I wanted.
As I had a creativity boost a few weeks back and decided to finally push some of the projects and products further which I’ve been wanting to do for a long time but didn’t prioritize on. Now I had the time to prioritize because I’ve already seen a lot around here and it starts getting too cold for me to surf.
I despise the cold almost just as much as I love surfing. So, this time of the year, it’s very hard to motivate myself to go surfing. However, I try my best and even 30 min of surfing make me proud.
Anyway, most of this week I worked on those said products. Unfortunately, though this process is way more mentally exhausting and energy draining than I thought. Well, it is a lot of fun and I enjoy creating but still it is exhausting at times and every night I fall into bed, tired and with a spinning head.
But I guess that belongs to an entrepreneurial and creative lifestyle, right?
Christmas Vibes in Lisbon
As of the weekend of first of advent I also found it was time to bring in some Christmas vibes. Also, I was curious how Christmas is celebrated here.
For me, no matter how much Christmas decoration, music or Christmas markets there are in one place, it never feels quite like Christmas if it is that warm outside.
I know, I’ve been complaining about the cold above, and yeas it is cooler, around 15° during the day and about 8° at night. But it is a lot warmer then around 5° at its peak at home.
Christmas here is celebrated similar to home, from what I’ve seen so far. There are a lot of Christmas markets all around the city. Almost every part has its own market and they sell the usual things like roasted almonds, crepes, and little things.
One of the most popular Christmas markets here in Lisbon is Wonderland. It’s a mix between Christmas market and fun park. They put up a big weal and ice skating area, also there are carousels for children and all that stuff.
I enjoyed it very much to walk through this market and have a look at all the little things that are sold.
Also, there was some sort of music competition going on because there were a lot of musicians with their drums and tropepts and these things walking through town.
Pretty exciting. And even though it was t-shirt weather I felt a slight glance of Christmas vibes heading my way.
Taking time off
Chasing your dreams can be exhausting at times and that’s why it is important to take some time off, step away from the process and enjoy some down time.
That I did by going to Cascais for an afternoon after I almost froze to death on my 30-min surf session.
This cold really kills me and I can’t wait to surf in warmer water again.
It was so nice to soak in the sun. It’s still pretty strong during the afternoon. And also walk by the ocean. The water always calms me down and frees my mind.
I have to admit, although I still love it here in Lisbon and I’d be devastated if I would have to go home for good now, I am looking forward to something new.
As much as I like routine in my day, I don’t enjoy it if there is no new input and without complaining, after you’ve seen a dozen Portuguese towns they start looking kind of the same. Therefor I am very excited for home and also Morocco.
This little vacation will flourish my mind with inspiration again and bring back the joy of being here.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving” – Terry Peratchett
As of the next week being my last week here in Lisbon I will have to do some organizing and packing and stuff.
However, it’s also my birthday week and I’m excited to go on more Christmas markets, enjoy some time with friends and hopefully go surfing one or two more times.
Stay excited and I will keep you posted about it.
I hope you enjoyed reading. As you can see, the longer I’m here the more ordinary my weeks get. That’s the reason why I feel like going somewhere new. If it gets too ordinary, the joy is missing for me.
However, I hoped you still liked reading this little update and if so, feel free to share.
Lastly, here are some posts you might find interesting and which will hopefully inspire you to live a happier life: