Hello friends,

Welcome back to the last entry from Portugal. When you read this I am already back home. My flight to Germany was last night and I am really excited to try to see family and friends for a few weeks now.

However, I don’t want to withhold you what I’ve been up to last week. So, let’s get to it.

(German post here)

Week 14

As of my nearing travels I had a lot to sort out and get done before I’m heading on “vacation”.

Therefore, there was not so much time and I also haven’t had the energy or motivation to explore much new.

Going somewhere else after I’ve been at one place for long always freaks me out a little.

I think it’s the change. When you stay at one place longer you establish routines and I love routine. They make me feel comfortable and safe.

And even though I know I need change and the thrill of something new, it still freaks me out a little.

If I’m not careful and focus on that scary feeling change brings with it, I feel the urge to plan everything and make sure all goes smoothly. Especially if there’s uncertainties it makes me feel restless and unsatisfied until I know what is coming.

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However, if you also embrace those moments of freaking out and start taking the energy into something positive those times can really be rewarding. It is exciting and once you stop thinking about it as something negative the first very stress related freaking out might turn into thrill of anticipation.

Stop worrying about what can go wrong and start focusing on what awesomeness is coming with it.

Change is scary but it is also exciting and once you start seeing it positive you’ll notice it’s not so bad after all.

So, despite the organizing and a few freak outs it was still an awesome week and I was fulfilled with happiness about going home soon.

caparica

Birthday vibes

As I didn’t get a chance to tell you about my birthday celebrations in the last travel diary entry I’m going to do it now.

Last Thursday I turned 23. Unbelievable how time flies. It feels like yesterday that I turned 18 and now I’m in my mid-twenties.

I’ve experienced so much during those few years and eventhough it feels like just now that I headed out in the world, I’ve also changed a lot and am a different person than I was back then.

I love celebrating birthdays because they are for me about celebrating life. And life is awesome and should be celebrated every day.

So, to celebrate my life I first got a birthday surf in which was awesome but also challenging. The tide and size of the waves made ita little challenging for me, but I gave my best and just enjoyed spending a few hours in the water. After all birthdays are there to do what you love the most, right?

After that I went to Cacilhas to enjoy this beautiful weather and the sun. I’m not a big party girl so I didn’t spend this day asmost people would. I just relaxed and soaked in the sun and took this day as another opportunity to calm down and reset my mind.

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Working life

The weekend and also most of this week was about working.

Like I mentioned already in one of my previous entries, eventhough I’m living my dream and get to travel the world and surf every day,t here are still times where life is rather unexciting and you just have to work on some things to make money. And that’s okay. To be honest I actually enjoy it a lot at the moment to do something creative and use my brain again.

When traveling and adventuring all the time you need a break at some point. All the new and diverse impressions are overwhelming your mind and once they get too much you can’t take any more in and if you believe it or not, but traveling can also stress one out.

Therefore, it was great to have some change and also to be home now where I can really relax.

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Winter swells

Besides working I made sure I got some surf in as I’ll have to take a break for the two weeks in Germany.

I was very lucky, the waves been great and the weather even better.

With its 20 degree during the day and sunshine from sunrise to sunset it was pretty warm and not at all hard to go in the water.

The waves were just right for Caparica and so these beaches unfolded their full potential. It was challenging for me as it took a lot of my paddle power and I definitely got smashed more than I surfed but that’s okay. You have to fail sometimes to improve.

Also I know this is just temporary as my I seem to have my head somewhere else at the moment and therefore can’t focus on surfing much. But, yeah, it will change at some point and I’ll be able to enjoy the surf again.

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Christmas time

On Wednesday, after packing and sorting the last things out I again went to Lisbon to enjoy some Christmas vibes.

I love Christmas markets and even though they are differen there, you can still feel the vibes and all the Christmas decoration really makes a difference.

We also had the last Erasmus dinner and it was nice to get a chance to say goodbye to everyone who’s leaving.

Even though I didn’t spend much time with most of them it was still great to have a little bit of food together and talk about ones’ experiences during this semester.

 On Thursday then it was time for me to head to the airportand catch a flight. It was pretty exciting to see Lisbon from above. Many of myfriends already hyped the views and i couldn’t wait to see it myself.

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What’s next?

Now that I’m home I will spend most of my time with my friends and family as I don’t get the chance to see them much.

Also with Christmas just around the corner I am stoked to enjoy every bit of this time.

As I’ll take it slow, there will be no travel diary next Friday and instead a normal post.

The week after, so just after Christmas I’ll give you some updates on my time here at home and then I’ll be headed to Morocco from where of cause I will write travel diary entries every week again.

So far, that’s it. Stay tuned for the post next week and enjoy the Christmas time.

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I hope you loved reading and it was good to see that even a full-time travellers’ life sometimes isn’t any different from other people’s lives.

If you enjoyed the post and could take something from it, feel free to share it with whomever and help me to inspire more people around the world to live their dream.

Also, I’d love to connect with you on Instagram and Facebook so we can motivate each other every day to follow our dreams and live our bestlives.

Lastly, here are some more posts you might like to get pastthe time until the next post. Feel free to check them out:

Travel Diary Lisbon (Part 12)

5 personal fears to overcome while traveling and how to use them positively

Click here to learn about the positive impact of traveling on your personality

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