May 2018 - January 2019
  • Day0

    Farewell from Sara's team

    May 2, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Farewell party #2 :) we had a lot of fun in the laser game, which also prepared our apetites for the huge meal that followed. They surprised me with a video where everyone gives me some useful tips for travel survival, such as how to remove leeches, how to tame a dromedary, how to avoid being kidnapped by an alien... you know, the usual stuff. I am sad to leave them but mostly I am happy to realize that I will miss all of these people that I met only a short time ago. It's an amazing team!Read more

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  • Day0

    Surprise farewell party

    May 2, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    A surprise farewell party organized by our super Swiss friends. Switzerland will be missed during the next months, especially the great friendships created during the past years. Thank you all so much!

  • Day0

    Chinese VISA: check

    May 2, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Another big preparatory step regarding our first sabbatical destination: China. VISA done on the first attempt thanks to Sara’s great preparation work :)

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    Caves Chambleau + Fado dinner

    May 2, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Last days in Switzerland: a sunny afterwork visit to caves de Chambleau followed by a Portuguese evening in Chauffage with Fado included. Spending time with good friends before departure!

  • Day0

    Ready, set, go

    May 3, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Packs are packed, goodbyes are said, let’s do it.

    Step 1: drive to Bordeaux to stay with Sara’s mum for a couple of nights and do our first sightseeing :)

  • Day1

    Bordeaux

    May 4, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Wake up late -> take a nap -> go out for a beer and walk around

    Trying to get in the new mindset of having no schedule and no obligations, but it’s not that easy! We are formatted to be busy and productive. We’ll need a few more beers to get there :)

  • Day12

    1st week: Portugal

    May 15, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    A hectic week spent in Portugal to visit our dearest ones and take care of about a million things before leaving to Asia. Being in a sabbatical is exhausting 😂 and now China: here we go!

  • Day16

    Selfies em Pequim

    May 19, 2018 in China ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Depois de a Sara ter vomitado no avião e ter logo arrumado com a preocupação de ficar doente da barriga, andamos a explorar Pequim meio adormecidos pelo jet lag. Felizmente era uma cidade super interessante e fácil de navegar, e fomos tendo pequenas surpresas ao longo dos dias que nos despertavam :) o hostel com as paredes pintadas com One Piece, o senhor que nos emprestou a fita colorida, os praticantes de tai-chi nos jardins, boa comida... fomos felizes em Pequim!Read more

  • Day16

    Beijing & the Great Wall of China

    May 19, 2018 in China ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Beijing surprised us. Our expectations were low and we were prepared for a cultural shock. But Beijing was a well organized, architecturally rich, relatively clean city with friendly people and abundant green spaces. The language barrier was huge as almost no one speaks English, but we were able to get what we wanted without too many surprises :) we got lost in the city and its hutongs, visited the Forbidden City and the beautiful Jingshan gardens, the National Museum of China, the Centre for the Performing Arts and hiked for 3 hours a section of the breathtaking Great Wall. We fell in love with Chinese paintings, ceramics and handicrafts, maybe one day we’ll come back for shopping! On the other hand, we felt a lot under surveillance, thanks to the thousands of cameras everywhere on the streets and strong police presence in every corner.

    We leave Beijing in a night train to Xi’an, which should be a small adventure in itself... let’s see what the next episode will bring!
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  • Day16

    People of Beijing

    May 19, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We love people-watching, and Beijing is an amazing place to do it. We see busy people, sporty people, relaxed people, and they seem to find us interesting too since they ask to take pictures with us :)