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Hey! Mariana here, all the way from Portugal to London, life turned upside-down from a small decision about taking a one-way flight. Having gone from the bohemian life of an artist studying Fine Arts in Lisbon to the busy working bee life, trying to catch a breath through the bustling world of Fashion press and media. She says to herself: couldn’t be happier. While not running around the city (favourite pastime), you can find me doing one of these three: losing myself on a book at home - please do not find me there; eating my way through town - give me ‘everything’ tapas and a glass of wine on the side or window shopping - I call it personal research.
I'm just going to be predictable and basic, but still honest: there's no way of denying it, I am Lisbon and Lisbon is myself (she knows it - yes, it's a she and she should be treated like a lady). I am a mixture of the tradition of Portuguese culture and the cool artsy and alternative new vibe the city has adopted in the past few years (yes, I'm self-entitling myself cool - don't worry, I'm so not cool).
On the top of my list is Peru in particular and South America in general. Having lived in São Paulo, Brazil while I was a child, something about that side of the world stuck with me and I am craving it desperately again. On a more short-term goal, I am in dire need of checking Germany out of my European travel map.
Definitely search the neighbourhoods to understand which is best for which, and then look at a map to try to imprint the layout of the city in my head, so I know where I can walk from where. I exhaust the step count on my phone whenever I travel. What I love the most is walking aimlessly around a city - that is when you discover the best places.
It is hard for me to choose one. If I’d have to choose a place I would love to go back to multiple times, I might say Barcelona. If it would be a place that excites me and that I would love to live in, I’d say New York and if we’re talking about most memorable experiences, Japan, no doubt.
If possible a mixture of a city break with the beach. You won’t see me anytime soon backpacking or trying to build a tent while hiking in the mountains. I need my injection of culture in a cosmopolitan environment, you won’t find me long away from a city, I live from the buzz. On the other hand, having grown up in Portugal a day without sun is like a salad detox for me, (welcome to London btw) so warm weather and the beach is not something I can forgo for a long time.