Jun 12, 2011

Two Weeks in Photos

Over the past two weeks I have done the following: gone home for the first time since Christmas, returned, fell ill, used said illness as an excuse to catch up on book reviews, felt better, gone to see some bands, and felt guilty over all the time spent not working. Things I notably failed to do include finishing more than a single non-work book, and a short one at that (the excellent graphic novel Anya’s Ghost, on which more soon). But because all of this sounds a lot more interesting with photographic evidence, here are a few snapshots from the past few weeks:

The Mountain Goats
The Mountain Goats

Porto
Porto, Portugal

Porto

Lisbon
Lisbon

Sintra
Sintra


Sintra

Sintra

Sintra

Sintra

Sintra

Braga
Braga

Braga

Cats
Cats were cuddled and spoilt.

Cats

Cats

Cats

Dogs
Dogs were played with.

Emmy the Great
Emmy the Great

Sufjan
Bands were stalked seen.

Sufjan
Much fun was had.

Anya's Ghost
...and a single book was read.

38 comments:

  1. Don't know why you've crossed that word out under Sufjan, we've all seen your Tumblr :-P

    Over that illness, you look to have had a fantastic couple of weeks!

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  2. I haven't the slightest idea of what you might be referring to ;)

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  3. I love your pics of Portugal!

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  4. That dog is bigger than you! Love the kitties and sunflowers.

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  5. Welcome back - glad you're feeling better - and my, Sintra looks gorgeous!

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  6. I'm glad you all like the photos! And Kate, Sintra is my favourite place in Portugal and one of my favourite places in the world. I keep telling everyone who visits the country to go there :)

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  7. We spent a week in a small village just down the hill from Sintra called Eugaria and another week in on the Duro river a 45 minute train ride from Porto. And 4 days in Lisbon. One of our favorite trips ever.

    I didn't know you're from Portugal!! We highly recommend the country to everyone. Lovely people and lovely scenery. Relaxed and enjoyable. We had a marvelous time and have become lifelong Port wine snobs (fans).

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  8. You look like you had a good time at home. I know how much you must have missed your animals. Sorry to hear you were poorly though.

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  9. Such gorgeous photos! I'm sorry you got sick at all but so glad that it passed and you still had a good time over your two weeks. Lots of magical looking places in those photos. Makes me want to take a vacation.

    I am so looking forward to your thoughts on Anya's Ghost. I enjoyed it so much that I decided I had to get one and offer it for a giveaway. It is a book I want everyone to discover.

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  10. One photo is just better than the next...Amazing!! Love those sun flowers, so much fun. So happy you're feeling better :D

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  11. @Nymeth: Yes, you've sold me on it :) Now that we're living in Europe again, doing a nice long trip to Spain and Portugal is on our list. Sintra is now a must-do.

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  12. Other than the illness, it sounds like you had a really great time Ana. I love seeing these pictures and on Tumblr too.

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  13. I love the photo montage, and even if you didn't get a whole lot read, it does sound like you have had a pretty great two weeks (other than the cold).

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  14. Oh my goodness am I jealous!! Makes me want to just pick up and move to Europe. I'm envious of your travel systems and the close proximity of countries and towns (can travel for 10 hours by car and STILL be in Texas), the history and architecture, etc etc. Looks like you've been having a blast. And who has time for reading when you have all that other fantstickness!!

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  15. Just gorgeous! I want to go to Portugal now.

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  16. Beautiful photos, Nymeth. It looks like a had lovely couple of weeks.

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  17. LOL--Bart's comment totally cracked me up! :D

    I swear I could just look at your photos all day long, Ana. Someday, you really are going to have to show Rich and I all those sights!

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  18. Sounds like a fun couple of weeks, except for the getting sick part of it!

    Fantastic photos. Made me want to jump on a plane to Portugal straight away! One day!

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  19. Beautiful places! Sorry to hear you were ill, and glad you're better.

    I think one book is a good result considering you've been so busy!

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  20. Love the pics, Ana! I hope I've the chance to visit Portugal one day!! :)

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  21. with all of that wonderful stuff going on and gorgeous sites how could one work????

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  22. Sounds like you've been very busy! Beautiful photos!

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  23. I'm glad you are feeling better, Ana, and that you got to see great music and hug all the animals.

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  24. Portugal looks so beautiful, Ana! I'd love to go someday. I like Emmy the Great, too, and look forward to hearing about Anya's Ghost :)

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  25. Looks like an AMAZING two weeks!! You live in such a beautiful country. I want to see it all!! And EMMY!!! So jealous you saw EMMY!!

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  26. Beautiful pictures, and I'm glad you enjoyed this time off (apart from the illness). I especially love the "Much fun was had." picture :-) and Braga sure does look good.

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  27. Love all those pictures. Portgual should thank you for inspiring so many of us, myself included, to (hopefully) visit someday!

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  28. Oh, what lovely photos, Ana! They're absolutely beautiful. I'm so glad you've had a good time (minus the illness, illness sucks) the past two weeks. <3

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  29. Potugal looks gorgeous! Glad to hear you had such a great time (apart from being ill) :)

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  30. Now you've made me all home-sick. I haven't been to Sintra in ages. Will you be in Lisbon during the last week of August?

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  31. looks like a great time ,have couple mountain goats albums there really good ,all the best stu

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  32. Just amazing! Why have I not been to Portugal yet? Your photos are divine.

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  33. Oh my it looks like you've had an amazing time! It's so colorful, I just love it.
    Those cats are adorable, but I have to say, that dog is HUGE. But very cuddly too! :)

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  34. I love the Sintra photos. And the wings...those are just made of awesome.

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  35. Wonderful photos! I love the one of Sintra, the one with arcade-style windows on the staircase (I love arcades, even better when they're ascending/descending.) Also the picture of playing with the dogs is adorable!

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