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Picturesque Portugal: Watercolor Sketchbook

When deciding where to travel for our first international trip since the start of the pandemic, we selected Portugal for many reasons. However, I’d been dreaming of visiting Portugal even before the pandemic and longed to photograph and wander through picturesque neighborhoods. Starting in late January, I regained an interest in sketching and drawing and tried to figure out which style resonated with me the most. I then discovered urban sketching - drawing what you see around you to capture the essence of the moment - and decided to use Portugal as a test run.

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Picturesque Portugal: Five Days in Lisbon

After a delightful 5-day stay in Porto, we took the express train to Lisbon for the second half of our stay in Portugal. We walked from the train station to our hotel in the Bairro Alto, where the energetic hotel receptionist, Miguel, was surprised that we had walked 40 minutes from the train station. We enjoyed the walk as it gave us our bearings in this cosmopolitan city.

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Picturesque Portugal: Five Days in Porto

I have dreamed of visiting Portugal for a long time. I’d seen pictures of the historic old cities and towns with winding pathways and cobblestone streets. The homemade pastries and bread with fresh cheese and local seafood. The gorgeous weather and beautiful scenery, from the lush countryside to the rugged coastline. Friendly people with a fascinating history and deep culture. Plus, incredibly high COVID-19 vaccination rates.

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Ventura Beach Getaway

At the start of February, my family made a spontaneous visit to Ventura, California to visit relatives. It turned out to be a well-timed visit as the weather in Ventura was phenomenal while Austin suffered from multiple days of freezing temperatures (not as bad as last year, don’t worry) and a boil water notice.

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Beginning to Boulder

I’ve always loved climbing things. As a kid, I would climb trees in the yard and read a book in their branches. At some point, I must have gone indoor rock climbing for a birthday party and convinced my parents to build a traversing climbing wall on the back of the house.

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Reflecting on 2021

The past six months since I left the daily grind have been an incredibly fulfilling whirlwind of trying new things and taking time to rest.

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