Portugal, weekly photo challenge



Is it narcissistic to use my own smile in this challenge?

I took these selfies on my recent trip to Portugal. I spent five days in Lisbon, learning to enjoy my own company again. It is strange, I am with myself all of the time, everyday but always in the presence of other people with whom I need to be something to or for. It has been some time since I have travelled abroad by myself, I had not missed it but my recent trip has shown me just how nice it can be. I have not had time since I returned to write any blog posts, but they are coming.  I chose these pictures for this challenge because, quite simply I like my smile. I smile when I am happy and in this moment I was happy. I felt healthy and well, I felt lucky to be able to travel without any impediment.

me in my hotel room getting ready to go out

On this day I travelled on the underground into the centre of Lisbon and just wandered around enjoying the scenery. I stopped off at Vertigo Cafe and treated myself to a cup of chocolate tea, sandwich and a chocolate cake that was out of this world.

me waiting for my tea in a lovely cafe

The cafe was empty except for the staff and George Michael was playing. I have to say in that moment I felt peaceful. I felt happy and grateful to be alive. I am supposed to feel this everyday but somehow in the hustle and bustle of life, it is easy to forget the simple things. So I smiled into my camera phone to remind myself of this moment and how I felt.

cheers – thankful for life!

7 thoughts on “Smile”

  1. Wow! What a wonderful smile you have. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
    It’s interesting, you wrote that you took the trip to Lisbon to enjoy your own company. I recently went to Portugal as well and felt just the same: Happy to simply live in the moment and thankful for my life and opportunities. I can very much relate to your thoughts in this post. It’s important to treat ourselves to a sweet escape every now and then to just be with ourselves and cherish our own company. 😉

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