to travel is to know thyself

This August, I got the chance to spend 23 exciting, often cold, mostly peaceful days in Germany, one of my favorite European countries.

It was a reasonably well-planned trip in which I ate a lot of terrific food, took pictures of everything that caught my eye and kept a travel journal, where I drew every day.

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summer sweetness [magazine concept]

For those who don’t know, I was recently accepted into a one-year graphic design course at ETIC!

I am stupidly excited about this as I have a genuine passion for everything creative, be it filming videos, writing fiction drawing. Design is probably what I love the most though, or, better yet, it’s where all my loves seem to combine and prosper.

Anyway, here’s a one-story magazine I quickly threw together the other day because I had a bunch of cool pictures from the beach I wanted to use and an idea for a text I wanted to put on paper, no matter how bad (& and it is pretty damn bad).

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I designed a magazine (and enjoyed the h*ck out of it)

For those of you who don’t know, I’m about to finish a degree in the Sciences of Communication or, as my Erasmus paperwork stated, Media Studies.

Impressive, I know.

In my three years in college, I’ve taken a lot of different classes in the most varied subjects such as introduction to law, economy, marketing, spanish literature (#erasmuslife), the basics of journalism, radio and public relations. This semester, I got to take a class in Digital Journalism and for the first time in my life I did something I’d always dreamed of doing: I designed a magazine.

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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!

My graduation ceremony was yesterday, but I’ll be honest, I don’t feel like anything is over.

Yesterday I didn’t cry. I didn’t make long, sappy movies in my head about how it’s all changing. I didn’t despair at the thought of never seeing my friends again and I certainly didn’t look with longing at the faculty that I had always classified as cold, lifeless and exceedingly bureaucratic.

For me, the end of college feels more like a start.

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Ventures into streetwear

I started getting more into fashion ever since I lost weight and, you know, stopped looking like an overweight ball of snark and acne.

At the moment, I’m quite into streetwear. I love everything about it, the mix of laidback and absolute tryhard, the labels and thrifted items, the oversized pieces (which I never touched before as I always feared they would make me look bigger) and the comfortable joggers. For me, streetwear is the perfect mix between effortless and exaggerated, which is a good way to describe me in general.

Unfortunately, as I am not (yet) a rich Instagram model, it would be a lie to say I’ve revamped my closet to fit my new style goals and that all my current outfits are r/streetwear worthy. My phone might be fine with me drooling all over the Nike Huarache Ultra (so goooorrrgeous), but my wallet sure isn’t, which is why I mostly just play around with what I have and what H&M’s sales section has the grace to offer me at cheap prices.

I think in the future I’ll do a post on how to shop for cheap, immediately followed by another post on how fast fashion is at the forefront of modern slavery.

For now, however, I’ll just share some of my favorite outfits from the past two months.

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Walking through Lisbon: a mini-photoshoot

On the 25th of April, Portuguese people get to celebrate one of the most important days in our history: the Carnation Revolution. The carnation is a symbol of our independence; it’s flower people held and shared amongst themselves as they fought for our country’s freedom almost half a century ago.

To celebrate this historic holiday, I went for a very, very long walk in my capital city, Lisbon, with two close friends of mine, Inês Paulos & Patrícia Nogueira In between stops for ice cream, scones, and simple window shopping, we took some pictures of the streets, ourselves and the people around us.

Here are a couple of those.

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