Rivoli Cinema Hostel

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When you live in a city, you pay attention to the most trivial things…  You noticed the smallest changes on the streets you walk on a daily basis.

In Porto,  Rivoli Theatre is impossible to miss. Back in the day, during those bright cold mornings, I used to look at it while seated at the bus stop waiting for the 301 to take me to campus. People rushing by on the busy plaza, walking in to the cafes for a quick espresso before work… I was so far from imagining I would be living in KL 5 years later.

At the time, I strongly believed Porto to be the coolest city. I didn’t have any arguments to back this up… Other than it felt right to be where I was. Old bustling Porto was where I belonged.

Looking back, I’m still pretty much smitten by that city. And proud, so proud… Porto people know how to do cool. They are tough, they are brutally honest, they are not afraid to face life and build new things. They do the best they can with what they have, and they take care of their city the best they know how.

And even amidst all the economical struggle, the brave ones keep opening great places: cafes, bars, galleries, hostels.

Now, I’m not alone when I claim Porto is one of the coolest cities. Trivago also shares my opinion: Porto has one of the coolest hostels in Europe.

Check this out: Rivoli Cinema Hostel

Perfect place for movie lovers and the location is ideal to go and discover downtown Porto. It is very affordable, with great room decor inspired on famous movies and a sunny terrace for a relaxing sunset drink.

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In Rivoli Cinema Hostel

Source: O Porto Cool

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Viajar enche-nos a alma

Viajar enche-nos a alma. Não por ser fácil, ser trendy ou ser bonito, mas sim porque nos tira do nosso espaço de conforto e nos muda por dentro.

Quando partes para o mundo lá fora, tens 3 hipóteses: ou tentas viver a tudo o custo como vivias em casa (shame on you!), ou voltas para casa porque esta vida já não e para ti (I’m too old for this sh*t) ou te adaptas.
Eu voto na última: sabe bem deixar-se levar pela experiência e encher a alma com boas memórias ao mesmo tempo que se enche as páginas do passaporte.

Para inspiração, aqui ficam alguns exemplares de passaportes de famosos que também, de uma maneira ou outra, partiram por este mundo fora:

 

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(via hypeness.com.br)

xo,

matita

Cool visit: Rain Room

“Os para-brisas estão ao máximo mas mesmo assim é difícil perceber os faróis reluzentes que passam voando e se refletem na estrada demasiado molhada. Não vale a pena carregar no pedal, hoje desliza-se devagar, semáforo após semáforo, verde após vermelho, sem hipótese de escapar das linhas de carros que se acumulam até bem depois do que se consegue ver. A chuva gela e não cessa. Não vale a pena reclamar. Ela vai a continuar a cair. Resta esperar que mude de forte para branda, de fria para cálida, de implacável para mais doce.”

Are you in the mood for a monsoon? Like to feel the rain pouring down? Now you can control the rain, make it yours and enjoy it to the fullest in a closed and cool enviromnent. It is a real experience in a whole new “package”: rain as an art installation or simply rain as a calming balm to the soul.

Enjoy a little sneak peak of it here or pay a visit to the Barbican in London.

The Rain Room Is Unveiled At The Curve Inside The Barbican Centre

(Source: London’s Barbican, Random International)

xo,

matita

Weekend getaway – short, cheap and sweet

The Buddha Eden Garden: my suggestion for the weekend.

Everyone deserves some time off, even if it is just a little break from our worldly worries, a simple and carefree getaway with that special someone.

The Buddha Eden Garden is a good place to take a few hours away from our dayly grinds and just relax.

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Portivity – Uma cidade chamada Porto

Rainy Sundays have this effect on me, they bring back a bunch of sweet memories.

I believe it was not a coincidence that I have found this wonderful video today.

It is nothing but a great homage to one of my favourite cities in the whole  wide world, Porto!

Ai, Invicta! Já fui muito feliz aqui.

[Video by Victor Santos, a finalist of Portivity]

xo, matita

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Last Summer Days

Falésia, Vilamoura

At first glance it might seem that the more free time I have, the less productive I become. Continue reading