Why I fell in love with Lisbon

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Welcome to Portugal πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή Land of rich maritime history, beautiful beaches, breathtaking monuments, cork jewelry and delicious pastries. This is the Castelo De S. Jorge.

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Watching the sun set and cast a rem light along the Torre de BelΓ©m was definitely one for the books.

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When I arrived to BelΓ©m and saw the PradΓ£o dos Descobrimentos I was left in such awe. This monument while being massively tall also managed to have such fine carved details of the men who helped establish Portugal. It was amazing!

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Look at Jeronimos Monastery what an architectural beauty.

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The Elevador de Santa Justa is a beautifully crafted elevator made out of ironwork, glorious neo-gothic arches, and provides great views of the center of Lisbon. It is a total “must-see” tourist landmark.

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This photo was taken inside the cathedral of Portugal. The sense of spirituality felt inside such a historic building leaves you in awe.

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Beautiful photo that captures Lisbon’s Terreiro do PaΓ§o. I love the contrast of the blue sky against the yellow outside walls of the building.

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Daily life in Portugal. The city is so beautiful and rich in color!

What is immigration?Β 

Due to recent events I have been thinking πŸ’­ loads about the term immigration. Just last Thursday πŸ“… was #ADayWithoutImmigrants in the US and many immigrants closed their small business 🏒and did not show up to work. It was a unification πŸ‘«πŸ‘«πŸ‘«of a population that stood in solidarity to represent their impact ✊🏽in the America πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ. 

I thought so much about the term immigrant and I have came to a conclusion. Everyone is an immigrant from somewhere. Everyone in the US is an immigrant and when people talk about “these immigrants taking over our land” I think to myself who are you to say who is an immigrant?

As I have traveled πŸ—Ίthe world I have seen this. You see “immigration” but not the negative term that the US throws around but act of discovery. I tell people to travel the world. I encourage it. If there is one thing you will never waste your money πŸ’° on, it’s traveling.

TRAVEL THE WORLD 🌎 SEE ANOTHER PLACE.

DISCOVER A DIFFERENT POINT ☝️ OF VIEW. 

I believe traveling is the antidote 🍢to ignorance. It is the key πŸ”‘! It changes your mind, your perspective, how you believe and what you believe. People who associate a negative connotation with the word immigrant don’t realize the perspective they are missing. For example: my parents came to the US for a better life and to fulfill what the US labels as the “American Dream.” They have been here for 30+ years, have both established small businesses and have three kids who have finished or are pursuing a college degree. They have opened our eyes πŸ‘€ to the bigger world and have taught my brothers and I to be more sensible to everyone’s struggles because we are all immigrants.

I think one of the greatest things you can do when you travel is traveling to a country where they don’t speak πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£your language. That is probably my favorite thing, going to a place where they don’t speak English or Spanish. It is a crazy challengeπŸ’ͺ🏽! It just makes you realize how insignificant you really are. The feeling awakes a sense of guilty, curiosity and amazement. You realize you are not the center of the universe anymore and there is another world that exists beyond you. You pay attention to conversations that you can make no clue of what they mean. You pay attention to more beyond a simple conversation. There is body language, facial expressions, proxemics, and distance zones. You look at your surroundings and beyond them.

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I feel that this is something we should try to do more. I went to France πŸ‡«πŸ‡· early February and attended an Opera 🎫🎭. Woah! I was in over my head. It took so much energy out of me to understand it. Also, in March I am going to Portugal πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή and I am ready to try new things! I want to try to go to countries that speak no English or Spanish. Something out of my comfort zone. These places open your eyes πŸ‘€ and the language barrier just makes it that much better. The places are beautiful, it’s a different culture and you appreciate and value it.

How beautiful it feels to become multicultural? So why can’t people see that there is no “immigrant” but just a globalize world trying to seep through.

-Love Ale πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Welcome to my blog!Β 

I have to admit it has taken me a little over a month to get this ball ⚽️ rolling. But better late than ever right? πŸ˜… haha.

First day in Segovia, Spain πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ

Well hello all! I am excited to start blogging on all things EUROPE 😍 This is going to be a blog that will consist of my thoughts, photos, rants, emotions and just about everything I will be experiencing abroad. 🌍 I hope you enjoy 😊 and would love you feedback and comments below!

Adios, Ale.