domingo, 20 de Julho de 2014

Channels Boat Trip in Amsterdam

What comes to your mind when the word Amsterdam comes out? Very good guys!!! Bikes. Coffeeshops (attention not Coffee Shops). Channels.
My lovely Ana is living there for one year now and I was mega curious to know how she was living, meeting her friends, her house, her work place, her bf and feel how is to live in such beautiful touristic spot. Oh well, honestly? Anywhere in the world I could be with Ana again would be awesome, we have a strong connection, cannot live without eachother basically ;D
Four days in Amsterdam are not enough but I still manage to attend two drum and bass parties (I was craving for one loooong time ago and managed to dance my ass off, yeah!), get a bike and cycle like a local everywhere and the best surprise: Anty, my best friend's boyfriend, has a boat and he was free on Sunday, can you imagine better Sunday afternoon program?

Along the trip you will find boat houses, it sounds crazy but some people turned a boat into real comfortable houses with terrace and garden included (What? I know...). The rent is pricey but I wouldn't mind at all to live in the water for a while.
Also I loved to see all those ducks swimming in the channels, they are so friendly and used to people because they can come to you pretty close.

Some pictures came out dark, again, I wish I knew how to play with photoshop, should I make this a goal for next year? Yes! Even though I always prefer the natural way of things, sometimes I look at my photography and wanted so hard to give them a bright color or some light, they would look exactly how I imagine when shooting.

This Euro Trip is going brilliant, we are half way. I didn't bring my computer with me because this time I wanted to pack fairly light but sometimes I regret just because I have great ideas for posts and want to share with my shanti readers. In the meanwhile I'm writting on paper, hopefully the inspiration doesn't disapear.  

Wish you all a beautiful week full of happiness and new projects :)

quinta-feira, 17 de Julho de 2014

Shanti Favorites #4

The movie The Drifter reminds me of my travel story but this one is related to surf and Bali. In the end of the movie Rob Machado says: "Everything moves in cicles. I thought being completly isolated would bring peace of mind. But now I realized that is the people around us who bring our experiences to life. We dream of the perfect wave, the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect love. And when we get there... we dream of something else."
You can watch on youtube here, in english with portuguese subtitles. It lasts less then one hour!

This pyramide by Sarah Lazarovic makes me wonder... It's definitly a good way to consume less but you turn too dependent if you are borrowing all the time. oh! I wish we had thrifts shops just like the States.

Wanna learn how to get high without the use of drugs or plants? I might try one or two of these tips at some point but it requires a lot of spiritual work.

Nath just moved and is currently doing 108 days of a new life. I'm following her path because I found her target pretty interesting and inspiring.

I still have to work on my 2014 goal of making my own organic products. Found this recipe for Shampoo bars for dry hair. In english and portuguese.

segunda-feira, 14 de Julho de 2014

Corners of Antwerp

 Greetings from Amsterdam, the land of bikes and channels :)
Our arrival in Antwerp was tough, from sunny Portugal we moved to a big storm, including rain, cold and windy Antwerp! We were not motivated at all but as soon as locals said this is normal we had no choice but being happy with what we got and just hoping the rain wouldn't show up for the next days.

Antwerp is pretty nice, the second most international city in the world (total of 174 nationalities, Amsterdam is the first with 177 and New York has 150 nationalities.) Imagine the different cultural quarters in the city, you can travel the world inside the city! And the best way exploring is definitely with the bike. You can go anywhere and the city is well prepared with bike lanes, great to waste less time in traffic jams, less pollution, it's free (no gas or paying for parking) and you live like a real local. If they live 30 minutes away from work they will cycle instead of using the car.
This is StadsPark and one of my favorite places in the city.  I love the idea of keeping nature in big cities and this park is perfect to relax after a work day, a picnic with friends, to read a book or just jump to the water :)
 I couldn't believe in my eyes when I saw bubbles coming out from the shop, I looked like a kid playing around. I actually like a lot of shops here, they are so pretty and creatively decorated.

 You can listen music from this old cart, pretty awesome when you are walking the streets and listen to traditional music that come out from a piece of carton with tiny holes on it.
 A bunch of events were going on, the amusement fair was so fun, way more options than in Portugal and also bigger. We also been in food markets, concerts, small festivals.

I met my belgium friends Laure, Nele and Anouk who are currently living in Antwerp. They were in the same Social Work exchange program in USA as I and we haven't seen each other for about 5 years, so it was pretty awesome to see all these pretty faces and catch up. Anouk is getting married and I feel so happy for her! (They are going to spend Honeymoon in Cuba and I'm green of "healthy" jealously)
Found some fascinating street art. It's one of my favorite things to photograph in cities. And there are many talent artists out there. Such a shame when people ruin the graffiti with their tags.

Cool thing to do is to go the MAS Museum and watch the panorama part, it's free of charge and you get a great view to the Pier. It's in the area of Red Light District, I thought it was only in Amsterdam but they also have a small one in Antwerp.

There's a blue and white city map where you can find tips of places to visit by locals, you get these maps in some hostels. In this map you have a walking tour you can do by yourself, is not so amazing but you still pass through interesting buildings and parks.

Hitch hiking from Antwerp to Amsterdam was easy and the last driver was a funny situation. First he pulled over the car, asked us where we wanted to go, he aked his 8 years old daughter if she agreed, she star at us for 5 seconds, we froze, she said ok! Haha the driver was a big guy of 2 metres and a big fan of Hip Hop music. He said "Now if you don't mind I'm gonna listen some music". Loud cool Hip Hop. After many Yo! Yo! Yo! we were safe in Amsterdam and I finally got to see my princess Ana, missed my best friend so much.  


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