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 | 26 February 2008 | Ex-blog, Lisbon
Lisbon Players

This past weekend I ventured out twice, on Friday and Saturday night, to see the festival of one-acts plays produced by Lisbon Players. Staged in lovely Estrela Hall, a small venue with an almost clandestine look and feel, the English-language performances included One for the Road (1984), a play about the use of torture by...

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Posted by anja | 21 February 2008 | Ex-blog, travel musings
Pain in the ass, in Lisbon

After a hiatus of a few days, I am back. With a fractured bone though! Since my fall down the stairs a week ago, the pain wasn't getting any better - rather, it got worse - so I went to the emergency room where an ex-ray showed a broken bone at the bottom of my...

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Posted by anja | 18 February 2008 | Ex-blog, Lisbon
Bairro Alto and Bica favorites

This past Saturday night, I went out for dinner and drinks in the Bairro Alto and Bica area. My meal was enjoyed at Cantinho do Bem Estar (Rua do Norte 46), a tiny storefront restaurant that's always jam-packed, with a line out the door. If you get lucky to grab a table, you'll enjoy huge...

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Posted by anja | 17 February 2008 | Ex-blog, travel musings
Rainy Lisboa

Today was the first rainy day since I've arrived to Lisboa. It felt great to spend all day inside, listening to the rain pounding the windows and discerning the Castelo de São Jorge on the opposite hill of Alfama through the mist. It was inspiring enough to keep me at home, focused on work all...

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Posted by anja | 16 February 2008 | Ex-blog, Lisbon, travel musings
Moamba and my ass

My news since yesterday - on the way to an Angolan restaurant in Lisbon's Alcântara neighborhood, I fell down the slippery stairs in my apartment building, sliding on my ass from one floor all the way down to another. Not wanting to give in to the intense physical pain, I still made it to lunch...

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Posted by anja | 14 February 2008 | Ex-blog, Lisbon
Looking for tango in Lisbon

My mission tonight - dance tango in Lisbon. I checked out a few websites and to my pleasant surprise found a Thursday-night milonga right off Rossio Square in the city center. So at 10.30 this evening, armed with my tango shoes, a pinch of pathos and a desire to be whirled along a dance floor...

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Posted by anja | 12 February 2008 | Ex-blog, travel musings
Pretending to belong

One of my favorite things to do in foreign cities is, maybe surprisingly so – running errands! Things that drive me crazy back home in New York, such as waiting in line at the post office, grocery shopping, or getting my shoes fixed become somehow exciting when I’m in a new city. So today I...

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Posted by anja | 11 February 2008 | Ex-blog, Portugal
The azulejos of Portugal

Lisbon is all about beautiful sights – be it the hilltop views, the Tejo River, or the touchingly run-down architecture. But as I walk around this city, what catches my eye most intensely are the azulejos, the blue tiles that grace the façade walls, metro passages, churches, apartment interiors, train stations, and even nondescript grocery...

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Posted by anja | 10 February 2008 | Ex-blog, Lisbon
Lisbon’s beautiful urban decay

As I was walking through Bairro Alto today from a morning spent in Estoril, a seaside suburb of Lisbon, I saw this beautiful graffiti. There is something poignant about the fragile plant fighting its way out of the wall and the melancholic face of the drawn figure. A captivating example of urban decay. What I...

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Posted by anja | 08 February 2008 | Ex-blog, travel musings
Things I´ve learnt in Lisbon

Slowly, I am adjusting to everyday life in Lisbon. I´ve learnt a lot over the last two days - how to operate the laundry lines that grace most Lisboa windows, how to avoid dog shit that decorates every third cobblestone of the city streets, how not to get upset at the fact my wireless connection...

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