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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Airbnb – a very honest opinion

Airbnb is a great business idea and we have used it extensively in several places in the USA and in Canada. In many cities it was actually the only way for us to find affordable accommodation at central locations, e.g. Washington, Nashville or San Francisco.

But the experiences are very variable and honestly you never know what you are going to get. Simple things like “does the room have a lock?”, “how many rooms are being rented in the same apartment?”,  “how many bathrooms?”, “why I honestly rent this room”, “how much interaction I really expect to have with my guests” or “do I live here or just rent all the rooms separately on Airbnb?” would go a long way to clear up what’s going to happen.

We find it quite uncomfortable when people rent several rooms in the same house without informing, especially if there only one bathroom and no locks for each room. We never felt any real danger but still… Many rooms are also seriously overpriced for what they offer. And the worse is when the owner lives in the same place but is so uncomfortable with receiving strangers that he tries to avoid contact almost. Then we feel super uncomfortable too. It’s ok to be honest and say you need the money and do it for that reason, we also just need a room sometimes 🙂 Continue reading

OMG! We are at the wrong airport!

Ok, so this is the face you make when you realise you are at the wrong airport in Tokyo! 

  
We checked in at our hotel at Narita airport and then while I was checking in for our Hong Kong flight I realise it’s from Haneda, around 100km away. I go down to the reception and they inform us the last train back to Tokyo is in half an hour and it’s too late for the direct train to Haneda. And our flight was too early to take the next morning train. Panic mode!!! I race back to tell Nuno and we francticly pack our bags to walk to the airport train station, buy tickets and head back to Tokyo, all in 30 minutes.
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It’s freezing cold out here!

Ok, so we haven’t been posting as often as we thought we would. Truth is, lomg term travelling is really busy! Between planning the next city, accommodation, flights, activities, etc. the time left we have used to make the most out of the experience. We have mostly posted pictures to give you a glimpse of our experiences, we hope they are a good teaser. Longer posts will come as we manage, but you already know they will be a bit delayed 🙂

Anyway, we have shared maaaaaany pictures in sunny places and we have been very fortunate until now with the weather being quite warm. Still I am wearing my down jacket while I write this to you. All of the locations we have visited so far have this in common: it’s absolutely freezing indoors!!!

Bandeira Portuguesa

Hotels, museums, airports, restaurants, airbnb rooms and so on, they are all freezing! Talk about energy waste! It’s nice to get out of the heat for a few minutes, but after 10 minutes inside I am reaching for a jacket I always have to carry with me. So if you look at things this way, it’s not that different from Norway 🙂
Ora bem, sabemos que não temos escrito tantos posts como esperávamos. A verdade é que viajar a longo prazo é muito mais trabalhoso do que parece! Entre planear a próxima cidade, alojamento, voos, actividades, etc. o tempo que sobra usamos para aproveitar ao máximo esta oportunidade que estamos a viver. Temos sobretudo partilhado imagens para vos dar uma amostra desta aventura, esperamos que sejam um bom teaser. Posts mais longos virão assim que conseguirmos, mas já sabem que vão estar um pouco atrasados 🙂

Como sabem temos partilhado muiiiiitas imagens cheias de sol e temos sido acompanhados de bastante bom tempo até agora. Ainda assim estou a usar o meu casaco de penas enquanto vos escrevo. Todos os sítios por onde passámos até agora têm uma coisa em comum: está absolutamente gelado dentro de casa!!!

Hotéis, museus, aeroportos, restaurantes, quartos airbnb e assim por diante, estão todos gelados! Que desperdício de energia! É óptimo sair do calor por um bocado, mas passados 10 minutos já estou a vestir o casaco que tenho de trazer sempre comigo. Visto por este prisma, afinal não é assim tão diferente da Noruega 🙂

Experience in Harlem

1st day of World in 120 and we arrive  at Newark Airport; 1st thing after clearing immigration is to find the train to go to Penn Station where we would take the subway to Harlem for our first AirBnB experience.

We enter the train and we notice one thing right away, this is how locals travel to school, work or any other day business they have. On that day there was a Yankees game that we also had tickets to, after checking in at our “home” for 2 days. Yes, that is how we want to see all the places where we stay.

Arriving Penn Station it was time to carry our baggage and head out to the subway, that was easy and after a few minutes we were walking North in the Harlem with our baggage, everyone looking at us and possibly thinking “those tourists are lost” but I told Elsa “walk as if you belong”, great joke! 😉 Continue reading