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Archives from the original EverTheNomad

The original EverTheNomad blog was born in 2008 and lived happily until early 2014. It had a rich and exciting life, which featured fun series like guest posts from expats writing about their adopted homes (from Santiago to Gabon), an interview series called Local Voices Croatia and Global Glimpses that showcased snapshots and mini-stories from my travels. It supported several Passports with Purpose fundraisers, brought me many friends I still keep in touch with and provided a platform for writing whatever and however I pleased. It lives on in these pages. Please poke around.

Posted by anja | 11 May 2008 | Croatia, Ex-blog, travel musings
Back to the roots in Croatia

It's been five days since I arrived to my homeland. It is not a holiday; yet another time, I'm doing a guidebook update. I've worked on a few Croatia guides before and each one led me to rediscover the beauty of my native land. But today was a particularly strange experience. One of the areas...

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Posted by anja | 05 May 2008 | Ex-blog, Portugal
Weekend in Alentejo

As I'm slowly wrapping up my Portugal sojourn, a feeling of melancholy creeps up. Feeling the saudade before I even left... Have I turned Portuguese in just three months? I spent this past weekend exploring the province of Alentejo. It could be because it was the last in a series of weekend escapes or because...

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Posted by anja | 30 April 2008 | Ex-blog, Portugal
Down memory lane to Peniche

This past week, I had two friends visiting me in Lisbon, one of whom spent time in Portugal in the 1980s. Back in New York, Christine always talked of a place called Peniche, a quiet harbor village that she had fond memories of. Through her stories, Peniche became a place of almost mythical proportions so...

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Posted by anja | 23 April 2008 | Ex-blog, Portugal, travel musings
Wanderstruck in Portugal

I'm watching the sun slowly fade over Alfama from my Lisbon apartment, realizing that in less than two weeks my Portugal sojourn will be over. So here I am, mulling over all the impressions, the places I visited, the places that excited me and those that left me indifferent... In less than three months, I...

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Posted by anja | 18 April 2008 | Ex-blog, Lisbon
Lisbon’s restaurants

In case you're wondering, I haven't actually left Lisbon since the last post. In fact, I've been stuck to the computer screen trying to catch up on work and tie loose bits and pieces of the multiple projects I'm currently juggling. As for my leisure time, it has been taken up by a visitor, my...

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Posted by anja | 12 April 2008 | Ex-blog, Portugal
São Miguel, the Azores

I recently returned from the island of São Miguel in the Azores archipelago. The largest of nine islands, it offers a great diversity of experiences and landscapes that you can easily explore in just a few days. We spent four nights on the island but I was left wishing I could extend the stay by...

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Posted by anja | 08 April 2008 | Ex-blog, Portugal
The Azores archipelago

The reason for my silence of the last few days - I have been in the middle of the Atlantic, on the nine-island archipelago of the Azores. I am writing this from the island of São Miguel, where I am staying at a beautiful house on the lake, Casa dos Barcos (Boat House). A heavy...

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Posted by anja | 02 April 2008 | Ex-blog, travel musings
Being & not being here & now

As I write this, I am sitting in a beautiful corner room at Farol Design Hotel in Cascais, a seaside suburb of Lisbon, with waves of the Atlantic crashing literally outside my window. The all-white room, outfitted by Miguel Vieira, a prominent Portuguese fashion designer, has the following inscriptions on the walls - Light, Peace,...

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Posted by anja | 27 March 2008 | Ex-blog, travel musings
Tribute to my Brooklyn bag

I am sitting at Lisbon airport waiting to board my evening flight to Barcelona for a family visit - my nephew is celebrating his fifth birthday this weekend. As I was having a green tea at the cafeteria, I noticed that my handbag has a pretty serious fresh rip in it. That simple rip caused...

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Posted by anja | 24 March 2008 | Ex-blog, Portugal
Weekend in the Algarve

The latest update from the road: the Algarve. I just came back to Lisbon from a long weekend in the south of Portugal. After three days in this coastal province at the country's southern tip, I came away wishing my visit happened thirty years ago, before the development and the tourist crowds. These days, such...

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