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My Amazing WWOOFing Trip to the Açores (Part 2)

Laura posing with the highest peak on the island of Sao Miguel behind her

This article continues on from My Amazing WWOOFing Trip to the Açores (Part 1). Did I mention that I did a hell of a lot of walking? Weather dependent, I must’ve walked near enough 15km a day. I was lucky that the place I was staying was a stone’s throw away from one of the most famous landmarks […]


Trip to the Açores (Part 1)

The coastline on the island of Sao Miguel

About two weeks ago I returned back to England following my two-week trip to the subtopical Açores archipelago. I stayed on the largest of the nine islands, São Miguel, which is only 62km in length and 16km wide. The islands are part of Portugal but they are roughly 1, 360km (850 miles) off its coast in the middle […]


A Trip to Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal

On a gondola tour of Aveiro

After Jon and I left Porto we decided to make a fleeting overnight stay in the city of Aveiro, which is on the coast of Central Portugal. Aveiro is dubbed the ‘Venice of Portugal’ due to it’s Venice-like canals, bridges and gondola boats (known as ‘moliceiros’). We arrived at Aveiro train station late in the afternoon on […]


Happy Easter!

Easter treats from our neighbours

A belated Happy Easter to you all! I spent it up in the Lake District with Jon’s family and enjoyed the mountains. We ate local food, did lots of walking, ate our Easter chocolate eggs and probably drank a little too much. Fortunately the exercise from going up and down hills meant that I didn’t gain weight […]


Here’s my big fat goal for 2014!

Jon holding the Christmas tree as the pine needles fall off it

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year. My Christmas highlight was Dad tipping over a full glass of red wine all over our Christmas dinner (before we started eating), so we had red roast potatoes with red turkey :) Here’s the Christmas dinner before we all sat down, unfortunately I […]


A Day in Coimbra

View of the highway bridge in Coimbra

Since my parents bought their home in Portugal I’ve always wanted to spend a day exploring the city of Coimbra (pronounced Kwim-brah), central Portugal. When Jon came to visit Portugal for a week we caught a train and did just that! Coimbra reminds me of Canterbury, which was where I went to university. The city does […]