Category Archives: Weekend Coffee Share

Weekend Coffee Share: The Are We There Edition

Well come on in, and welcome to my pied-a-terre in Lisbon. There’s a selection of teas and coffee, and left over pizza from lunch. Sorry no pasteis de nata today. But the conversation is good, so let’s start.

Wikipedia describes a pied-a-terre as “…a small living unit usually located in a large city some distance away from an individual’s primary residence.” 

 

Which brings me to the “are we there” part. I spent 15 hours yesterday getting here. I slept little on the flight to Frankfurt.

The flight from Frankfurt to Lisbon was 2.5 hours of clear air turbulence that led to the captain interrupting breakfast service. “Safety over service,” he said and I agree. I did eventually get my omelette and coffee.

The refrain in my mind was “are we there yet?” throughout most the trip.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I spent today with Che’s brother and his wife (who also happens to be my cousin, but don’t worry it’s all above board ;-))

It’s a rainy day in Lisbon
©2017 Regina Martins

It was a wet day today and I realised with trepidation that I may not be equipped to deal with the cold in Berlin with the clothes I bought with me. I may need to go shopping tomorrow…

I took the train to Parede to meet up with them, did a bit of family discussing and then went to Cascais Shopping for lunch. And to buy pillows. For me, as the ones in the flat are a bit hard and I woke up with a bit of a sore neck.

We have new neighbours in the building because I heard someone snoring through the wall, a sound I’d never heard before here. In any event…with being in Portugal I have forgotten what my week was like.

Pizza for lunch
©2017 Regina Martins

I remember that it was physically and mentally taxing. I was under a bit of stress with the upcoming trip. Before travelling I spend days agonising over how lightly I should travel, yet there are things that I simply must take with me – like my tech (check out my About Me page which describes what I mean).

As it turned out I packed lightly for my clothes (checked luggage) and am carrying a heavy load with my tech (carry on luggage)…

The rain has started again and it’s getting late. I don’t want to shoo you out the door, so here is a roundup of what I posted this week:

Photo Essay: Munich in Action

Mrs S’s Italian Sauce Recipe – you’ve simply got to make this! It’s delicious!

Green is my Favourite Colour

Gallery: Some Buildings in Commissioner Street

Arbitrary Randomness

See you next week, same time same place.

Have a good one!

Regina

 

Weekend Coffee Share: The Glad To Be Back Edition

Hello, and welcome in again. It’s been a long while since I’ve hosted you and I’m glad to be back. Come on in – you can have a Sheldon type of ‘hot beverage’ or just plain coffee. And because it is almost Easter (well in the next few weeks, and the shops already have Easter eggs on sale) there are hot cross buns!

Photo of the week

But before we get started on catching up I want to show the best photo I took this week – of coffee! What else is there? Che helped me set it up and he’s so good with composition.

Catching up on admin

This week I caught up on some long overdue admin, like applying for a passport renewal. I used the new online system but can’t leverage its full convenience by using a bank branch to get my photo and biometrics done because my bank is not part of their system.

I don’t have accounts in the banks that do. Because of home affairs’s annoyingly antiquated system of payment, I have to have an account with a bank that’s part of their system to effect payment for the passport. With Paypal and EFTs part of daily life, I had hoped that our home affairs department had come into the 21st century.

So, all this to say that I still have to go to a home affairs department and stand in 3 queues to get the biometrics, photos and payment done. Unless it is is 2 queues…I will keep you posted. I will be very pleasantly surprised if it is 1 queue, like it is in Portugal.

Maar nou ja…(Afrikaans for ‘in any event’)…

I’ve finally booked my flights

I finally booked flights for my trip overseas. I was procrastinating about dates – do I just go for the 2 day coach camp, or do I go a bit earlier and combine it with a trip to Lisbon. I opted for the latter. I’m so looking forward to walking the streets of Lisbon again.

I must say that booking multi city trips is not a piece of cake. If you book everything through one airline you end up paying more than double. What also makes it interesting is that I’m paying for the Portugal flights and the company is paying for the others.

So I ended up booking 3 separate return flights on 3 separate airlines. Gosh! The key thing was deciding on which hub I’d be using because this makes all the difference in how long the layovers are. I don’t think I’m the only person not fond of long layovers (unless I’m flying Emirates business class which doesn’t often happen).

I eventually chose Frankfurt as the hub. I fly on Friday night, land in Frankfurt, clear customs and get baggage and then catch the flight to Lisbon. So Saturday I am in Lisbon. I stay until Wednesday, where I fly back to Frankfurt to catch the flight to Berlin. I’m there for 2 days, then fly to Frankfurt on Friday night and spend Saturday exploring it and catch the flight back to Johannesburg on Saturday night.

Thai massage

My friend K and I went for a Thai massage. I’m a bit stiff today on the thoracic spinal area. I’ve been hunching over a laptop for a couple of days so my muscles were a bit stiff to begin with. So the massage worked these muscles deeply. I expect the muscles to relax more by tomorrow – unless off course I hunch over my laptop this weekend again.

That said, tell me how was your week?

Oh, and if you want to catch up on coffee with the awesome weekend coffee share community, just click here to find them.