Memories for Life!

Every now an then there is a sound or a smell that takes us right back to specific moment in our trip. The memories we made are the most important thing we brought back home. They are weightless, rich in value and bring a smile to our eyes. And most importantly, they last a lifetime.

Há certos momentos em que um som ou um aroma nos fazem reviver um momento específico da nossa viagem. As memórias que fizemos são a coisa mais importante que trouxémos no regresso. Não pesam, tem um valor inestimável para nós e fazem os nossos olhos sorrirem. E mais importante que tudo, ficam para toda a vida.

When we got back we made a list of all the big and small things we accomplished. Here is a summary of our favourites:

Quando regressámos fiz uma lista com todas as coisas grandes e pequenas que vivemos. Aqui está um resumo das nossas preferidas:

  • Be at some place for the first time but feel you have known it from years

Estar num sítio pela primeira vez mas sentir que o conhecemos há anos

  • Driving along the endless roads in the US

Conduzir pelas estradas sem fim dos EUA

  • Conquering the streets of San Francisco in this tiny car

Conquistar as ruas de São Franscisco neste carrinho

  • Meeting the African Penguin, the Meercat, the San Francisco Sea Lions and all the wonderful wildlife creatures we were lucky to see

Conhecer o Pinguim Africano, o Suricato, Leões Marinhos de São Francisco e todas fantásticas criaturas selvagens que tivémos o prazer de ver

  • Diving with sharks

Mergulhar com tubarões

  • Seeing the autumn colours in Japan and visiting some of the most famous temples

Ver as cores de Outono no Japão e visitar alguns dos templos mais famosos 

  • See and feel the Niagara Falls

Ver e sentir as Cataratas do Niagara

  • Swim in beatiful warm waters

Nadar em águas paradisíacas

  • iFly
  • Drive a muscle car and a Harley and enjoy it more than anticipated

Conduzir um muscle car e uma Harley e gostar ainda mais do que tínhamos pensado

  • And many many small moments that bring that smile back 🙂

E muitos muitos pequenos momentos que nos trazem aquele sorriso de volta 🙂




Top 10 unforgettable places (by Elsa)

Now that the dust starts to settle, I start to see more clearly the places that have marked me the most. When it comes to the order of them I ranked the list the first time on the plane back to Stavanger but since then whenever I rank them again they switch places sometimes. But I still include the same ones in my top 10 and they have one thing in common: given the chance I would definitely go back in an instant.

Cape Town – definitely a wonderful surprise. From the mountains, to the white sand and blue water beaches, to the wine farms and delicious tastings, this was an amazing place to be. Add the chance to be at the most southern point in Africa (part of the old glory days from Portugal), the view from the Table Mountain, the V&A waterfont and the beautiful African penguins and this is a difficult combination to beat!

San Francisco – I always thought I would like SF and it did not disappoint. The European feel of the city, the outgoing people, the great weather and the views around the bay are the things I miss the most, together with the cute sea lions 🙂 Continue reading

Shark Cage Diving – Bucket List

The white shark is the most feared marine animal by humans because of his fatal attacks all around the world where he gets in contact with humans. This also makes him one of the most respected creatures.

There are two ways to have contact with the white shark, diving with bottle and cage diving. Because I do not have the necessary diving course I could only do the cage diving and I believe it should be the first step for all that want to see first hand this shark, without counting the experience on seeing it from the boat.

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iFly (almost) like a bird

One of the items on my Bucket List was to try iFly. We did it in Toronto and it was AMAZING. I am not the very adventurous type and speed and adrenaline are not really my thing. Just ask Nuno or anyone that has gone skiing with me, has me in a car or watched me swim/wander in a pool. 

But this something I wanted to try from the moment I found it on the internet. It’s done in a controlled environment, the speed is adjusted to your weight and you have an instructor with you. The better you perform, the less he interferes. 

Aside from skydiving or wingsuiting this is a great way to experience what free falling is. Once you get the technique you feel almost like a bird. So on my Christmas list I am adding a windtunnel for our garden 😉

Check the pictures at the end of this post.

Bandeira Portuguesa
Um dos items na minha Bucket List era experimentar iFly. Fizémos em Toronto e foi ESPECTACULAR. Eu nao sou o muito aventureiro e velocidade e adrenalina não são muito a minha onda. Basta perguntarem ao Nuno ou a alguém que tenha ido esquiar comigo, estique muito a velocidade num carro ou me veja a nadar/vaguear numa piscina.

Mas isto foi algo que quis experimentar desde que o encontrei na internet. É feito num ambiente controlado, a velocidade é ajustada ao nosso peso e temos um instrutor sempre presente. Quanto melhor nos portarmos menos ele interfere.

À excepção de salto de paraquedas or com aqueles fatos de esquilo isto é uma forma excelente de sentir como é estar em queda livre. Quando começas a dominar a técnica sentes-te quase como um pássaro. Portanto para a minha lista de Natal este ano vou acrescentar um tunel de vento para o jardim 😉