Why I fell in love with Lisbon

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Welcome to Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น 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 Belรฉm was definitely one for the books.

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When I arrived to Belรฉm and saw the Pradรฃo 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 Paรงo. 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!

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What is immigration?ย 

Due to recent events I have been thinking ๐Ÿ’ญ loads about the term immigration. Just last Thursday ๐Ÿ“… was #ADayWithoutImmigrants in the US and many immigrants closed their small business ๐Ÿขand did not show up to work. It was a unification ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ซof a population that stood in solidarity to represent their impact โœŠ๐Ÿฝin the America ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ. 

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 ๐Ÿ—บthe 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 ๐Ÿ’ฐ on, it’s traveling.

TRAVEL THE WORLD ๐ŸŒŽ SEE ANOTHER PLACE.

DISCOVER A DIFFERENT POINT โ˜๏ธ OF VIEW. 

I believe traveling is the antidote ๐Ÿถto ignorance. It is the key ๐Ÿ”‘! 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 ๐Ÿ‘€ 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 ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ—ฃyour language. That is probably my favorite thing, going to a place where they don’t speak English or Spanish. It is a crazy challenge๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ! 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.

Opera in France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

I feel that this is something we should try to do more. I went to France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท early February and attended an Opera ๐ŸŽซ๐ŸŽญ. 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 ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น 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 ๐Ÿ‘€ 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 ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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Welcome to my blog!ย 

I have to admit it has taken me a little over a month to get this ball โšฝ๏ธ rolling. But better late than ever right? ๐Ÿ˜… haha.

First day in Segovia, Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Well hello all! I am excited to start blogging on all things EUROPE ๐Ÿ˜ 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. ๐ŸŒ I hope you enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š and would love you feedback and comments below!

Adios, Ale.