Travel Notes: Oporto, Portugal [2019]

I fell in love with Portugal the moment I set foot in Lisbon and traveled to the Algarve in 2016. The fado music, the smells of food, the humble smiles on the locals’ faces, the passionate conversation that seems like a heated argument but isn’t. The natural beauty that at time reminded me of Cape…

Heavy Metal Travel Notes: Hellfest, France [2019]

Hellfest, France. The Mecca of European Heavy Metal Festivals. Perhaps even bigger than Wacken Open Air. A line up to satisfy any elitist metalhead and make an open-minded one like me squeal with excitement. Each year when the festival announces it’s headliners, I longed to make the journey to Clisson, France. But we were always…

Travel Notes: Lisboa, Portugal [2019]

Lisboooaaaa… It’s always such a great pleasure going to Portugal. I get a chance to indulge in parts of my heritage and really connect with my roots. This was our 3rd visit to Lisbon, and the second time we spent a few days exploring the capital. We had friends with us this time around and…

Poetry: These Shoes Were Made for Walking

These shoes were made for walking… The hilly streets of Lisbon.The Palace Gardens of Sintra.The Tipsy stairs up to Delirium. The Hitchhiking road from Le Pallet to Hellfest.The stupidly happy Zombie mode walk back to Clisson station post watching my fav bands.The quiet road back to the hotel while holding hands singing drunken Irish songs….

Sweaty Notes: Kaskazi Kayaking

My love for the ocean keeps growing as I am becoming more adventurous and putting fear aside. I am healing from a lot that has happened throughout my life and relishing in moving my body, especially while outdoors and preferably with an ocean breeze present. A few weeks ago after an anxiety episode, an acquaintance…

Travel Notes: Savings & Budget Tips

Recently, Nutreats asked me to contribute a few tips for Budget Travel to an article on their website. See the full article here.  Set a savings goal and commit to your trip Sometimes we need just one push in the right direction to start working and saving towards that dream trip. Whether it’s going buying…

Travel Notes: Hand Luggage Only

➡️Adapt to your Destination, Plan Outfits and Check Laundry Services⬅️ Packing light definitely depends on where you’re heading. Summer/Island Weather is easier to pack. I plan my outfits making sure I pack a variety that I can mix and match throughout my trip. For longer getaways, I check out if our accommodation has laundry services…

Travel Notes: Adaraan Prestige Water Villas on Meedhupparu Island, Maldives [2018]

In Summary 17/07 [Tue] Seaplane Flying. Expectations Exceeded. Stepping into Paradise. A colorful underwater world. Four Course Fine Dining. Salad Dressing Shots. 19/07 [Thu] Floating Pineapples. Mermaid and Merman. More Sea than Land. Tan Lines. Patriotic Feminist Literature. Sunset Boat Cruises. Chocolates on Bed. 20/07 [Fri] Island Running. Sparking Wine Jacuzzi Sunsets. Reef Drop Swimming….

Food Notes: Using the Entertainer App

Oh the Entertainer app, how this has changed our approach to dining forever. We purchased a subscription to the app in 2017 for the first time and we were sold from that outset when we redeemed our first 2-for-1 special. Because we’re cheapskates like that. How it works: You download the app from either the Google…

Heavy Metal Travel Notes: Resurrection Fest, Spain [2017]

So we’re finally semi recovered after 11 hours sleep and I can reflect on the last week of absolutely craziness. Getting there: Holy shit. The mission we found ourselves on was challenging to say the least. 14 hours of flying with Taag (upgraded planes, yay!), a stop over in Luanda and finally landing in Lisbon…