26 Weeks Letter Challenge: “T”

Entering in this week’s letter challenge, I present you with toys, telephones and trees.

Oddball telephone art in a restaurant in Lisbon ©2016 Regina Martins
Oddball telephone art in a restaurant in Lisbon
©2016 Regina Martins
Oddball yellow phone display in a restaurant in Lisbon ©2016 Regina Martins
Oddball yellow phone display in a restaurant in Lisbon
©2016 Regina Martins
Toys ©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins
Gnarled and old tree trunk ©2016 Regina Martins
Gnarled and old tree trunk
©2016 Regina Martins
A tree in spring flower ©2016 Regina Martins
A tree in spring flower
©2016 Regina Martins

Entered in Lori’s 26 Week’s Letter Challenge – “T”.


6 Habits I Rely On When I Travel

Remind me to never again take 3 flights in a 24-hour period. The last time I did this was in 2011 returning to South Africa from a trip to the US.

Sacramento – Minnesota – Atlanta – Johannesburg.

By the time I got on the Delta flight to Johannesburg I was tired and sick. I took some pain meds, told the flight attendants to please keep my food warm (vegetarian special meal) because I needed to sleep awhile.

This was probably the best sleep I’ve had on a plane, thanks to the meds. I don’t make a habit of this though. The only muti I take is echinacea for the blurgies.  I’d rather sleep it off when I arrive at my destination. I find that melatonin helps me deal with jet lag and flight exhaustion although I forgot to bring it this time around.

Anyway, the Delta flight attendants were so kind! When I woke up, dinner service had been over a long time since. I walked to the galley to ask for dinner and in a few minutes, the tray of food was placed in front of me.

Johannesburg – Frankfurt – Barcelona – Lisbon.

That was yesterday.  Not wanting a repeat of the 2011 trip, I made sure that I ate regularly, kept hydrated, and made a deliberate effort to remain relaxed. Oh yes, and I took some Gaba (gamma-aminobutyric acid is a neurotransmitter) which helps relieve the anxiety I feel when I travel.

Like all flights I didn’t sleep well – perhaps 2 or 3 hours of fitful sleep.

These are the habits I’ve adopted to make long-haul flights bearable:

  1. I always select my seats at the time of booking so that I am either on the aisle or have extra legroom. This is important to me and I will pay extra for this.
  2. I like to start taking Gaba 2 days before traveling. It helps deal with the anxiety I feel when I travel.
  3. I eat all the time, in small bits. I carry nuts and dried fruit with me. When I arrive on the other side I seem to crave fruit, so if I’m in transit I go in search of fruit and yogurt.
  4. On the flight I quaff copious amounts of orange juice and water – I find that in the dry environment of the plane, the tartness of the orange juice is something my body asks for.
  5. Take liberal amounts of echinacea (this is in my little 100ml plastic bag of liquids allowed through security.
  6. Keep melatonin handy – for after the flight, to get my sleep cycles operating normally again.

It may seem that I rely a lot on nutraceutical supplements – yes I do – and it’s better than relying on sleeping tablets or such like.

What are your habits when you travel?


WordPress Weekly Photo: Narrow

I’m visiting the city of narrow lanes, my beloved Lisbon. How appropriate that the theme this week is Narrow. Enjoy clicking through the gallery below.



I must be one of the few people that hasn’t read or watched the Game of Thrones. It’s not that I haven’t been interested. It’s been more like there were things more important to do, like blogging and writing.

I’ve had it downloaded on Kindle for a few months now and decided to start reading it on my trip to Portugal. Well…! I haven’t been able to put it down!

I won’t be watching the series anytime soon, not until I finish the books anyway. Che and I don’t have a TV preferring to stream our entertainment. Perhaps, after we’ve watched the whole of The X-Files and Frasier…maybe Game of Thrones will be on the list. We’ll see.

In the meantime I loved this passage from Book 1 of Game of Thrones, the Daenerys chapter, that I highlighted, that I loved:

“Dany could hear the singing of the red priests as they lit their night fires and the shouts of ragged children playing games beyond the walls of the estate. For a moment she wished she could be out there with them, barefoot and breathless and dressed in tatters, with no past and no future and no feast to attend at Khal Drogo’s manse.”

The word pictures in this passage paint a tangible wistfulness felt by the character wishing to escape the present.




Via Via Via

I’m scheduling this post as by the time you read it I’ll be readying to board my flight to Frankfurt. I’m on my way to Portugal via Frankfurt via Barcelona. Long story.

I will be returning to Barcelona in a couple of weeks though – my first time there and I’m excited to be visiting that amazing city. More photos for my blog too.

Like always, my first port of call even before I leave the airport, is the Vodafone shop to get more data for my local SIM card.

That’s it for now. See you on Friday with some new photos of Lisbon.