Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A few things that made my 2013 interesting..

TAP, an Important Part of my life in Portugal
Year 2013 had its own ups and downs. But just like 2012, this year too was pretty fine and probably the best year yet. Now time to look into some random things that made me 2013 a unique year. This is mostly an unordered list, except some logical ordering. This is a list of events in the order that appear in my mind at this moment - not in the order of importance.

1. The new year's eve of 2013 itself. 
That was a colourful new year.

2. Finishing touches of 2013. 
Year 2013 had a rushing set of events till the last moment. The year is ending in style. Never had a year end vacation like in 2013 before.

3. Multiple plots and locations. 
I spent the year in Portugal, followed by a summer vacation in Sri Lanka, and back to Europe, but to Sweden. Just returned to Portugal last night. Other short-term locations include Spain, Finland, and Denmark. This made 2013 a year full of travels for me. I got used to the airports, buying tickets online, trying to connect to the airport wifi, booking hotels and hostels.

4. Cruise to Helsinki
It was an exciting experience, although the strong waves once made me feel seasick.

5. Snowy night of the EMDC Winter Event at La Vall de Núria 
The snowy night full of ice. I lurved it. That night was just perfect.

6. Exams and Presentation
All the semester (all 3!) exams were on this year. This made 2013 a year of exams. EMDC required us to do a lot of presentations. Some were fun; some were a bit boring. But we enjoyed them all! I have never done this many presentations in previous years. :D

7. A lovely surprise birthday party by the friends at Bairro Alto. 
It was the best.

8. Hard Rock Cafe, Lisboa
We visited the Hard Rock Cafe quite regularly during the weekends, and enjoyed it.

9. Depressingly dark Stockholm. 
It was winter, the day time shrank and made Stockholm a city of darkness. 

10. Learning some Chinese. 
I also became addicted to Chinese and Romanian music.

11. Nightly walks at Parque das Nações.  
Also, a remarkable night in a cold winter outside Centro Comercial Colombo.

12. Fine restaurants in Lisbon
Buffets at New Wok Chinese restaurant, friendly waiters of Restaurante Destino of Restauradores, and frequent visits to Restaurante Kathmandu of Arroios.
13. Summer in Stockholm
It was really pleasant with a long day time. It was dry and not too hot. I can never forget the beach baths and the forest walks in Farsta.

14. The romantic Porto
Summer in Porto was so special. Rio Douro at Porto - The Sun was pleasantly warm. Yet, Matosinhos beach still had freezing cold water. Lovely memories. I promised myself that I would visit Porto again later.

15. Street food in the food market of Copenhagen
I have never enjoyed the street food before as much as I did this time.

16. Reindeer meat and Glöggi, Scandinavian style. 
Not to forget the elk meat. I have started to love the Scandinavian dinner.

17. Movies at several shopping malls
Campo Pequeno, Centro Comercial Colombo, and Centro Comercial Vasco da gama of Oriente.

18. Playing Chess in Obidos
... while enjoying some quality Ginja.

19. Enjoying the Sun at Setubal. 
The boat was stylish and the Sun was warm. A highlight of the Lisbon Summer trip.

20. Vila Franca de Xira, in Autumn 2013. 
A village full of cobweb and free Internet connection by the river! God bless you whoever installed and left the WiFi open to public.

21. The last few days in Portugal before leaving for Sri Lanka for the summer vacation.   
We were keeping ourselves busy by traveling north and south of Portugal. The water was warm in Lagos, and also I enjoyed the cliffs of Lagos. Still, there was sadness - I had to leave Portugal in a day or two.

22. Barcelona Carnival.
The Sitges Carnival close to Barcelona is surely the craziest!

23. EMDC Summer Event
The walk in the Fejan island in the darkness was unforgettable.

24. Hostel stay in Madrid and Barcelona. 
I have never stayed in hostels, even during my school days. To be specific, sharing a room with random strangers (in Barcelona) was new to me.

25. Cooking in Lisboa. 
I started cooking during the Easter Vacation in Lisboa. It turned out pretty well, and I continued to cook daily in Stockholm, which saved me a considerable amount of money that I used later for my travels in Europe. 

26. Living in a shared room. 
Luckily my room mate and I had so many common qualities. We sleep late. Noise and light do not disturb our sleep - that means, we were able to work while the other one was sleeping. We shared our food - that encouraged us to do new cooking experiments. Since my room mate was a vegetarian, we decided to cook only vegetarian meals. That made me almost a vegetarian for 4 months - I had vegetarian meals except during the rare occurrence of eating outside with friends. I was still healthy. :D I have never lived in a shared room before, as I prefer some privacy and a private space. Just like cooking, this too was a new experience and an achievement of 2013.

27. Kindness showed by random strangers in Lisbon and Stockholm. 
I once asked a route from a stranger in Stockholm - he was unsure himself. He pulled out his smart phone, did a quick search and provided me with a detailed information within a minute. Similarly, another Swedish came all the way to a metro station, while mentioning that he really wish to visit the Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka (also known as Sripada, in Sri Lanka).

28. Interviews.
They were interesting.

29. Internet Communications. 
Living away from home and then from Lisbon, made me use the Internet more to communicate. I wanted to be offline once in a while. However, the distributed nature of my life made my life compulsorily online.

30. Shopping - lots of it. 
Not only for buying stuff - also to have a window shopping - in Lisbon, Porto, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Malmo.

Thanks for reading my list until the end. If you are really interested, you may also read the blog posts on my other years as well. I wish everyone of you a very happy new year 2014. :)


  1. Yo! Quite awesome, this! Hope 2014 too is gonna be a blast! :)

  2. Thanks machan. Nice to hear from you.. Wishing you a very happy new year and a year full of blast.. ^_^

  3. Awesome!!! Wishing u more of da same coming year :)

    1. Thank you machan.. Wishing you too a very happy new year 2014.. :)


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