What I learnt this week: Portu-Gals

(2 posts in a week-what!?  Yes, I will attempt to have this blog up to date by the close of business on Sunday.  Wish me luck!)

2 day working week. Woohoo! Then off to Portugal with Shelley, Ayisha and Josie for Optimus Alive Music Festival in Lisbon.  It was a girls long weekend in Portugal- hence the amazingly creative, yet dorky title!

Was a rocky start to the adventure, lots of transport issues. But we decided we couldn’t complain too much. We were on holidays to enjoy ourselves 🙂

Got to the hotel…eventually. Chilled, ate, swam. Headed out for an amazing dinner.   We ate at a beautiful rooftop restaurant overlooking the coast- sunset, fresh fish and the best chocolate mousse I’ve eaten in my life. It was all very ‘Sex and the City.’  Oh and if your wondering who I was- Miranda, of course.


Checked out a local market on the Thursday.  Wandered on the beach, read, lazed by the pool.  It was pretty tough! The next three days (4pm to 4am) were filled with musical craziness. There was a lot of fun, dancing and singing.

I saw:

  • Ben Howard
  • The Lumineers
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Kelis
  • Artic Monkeys
  • Jamie XX
  • Black Mamba
  • Bastille
  • Foster the people
  • The Black Keys
  • Sam Smith
  • MGMT

It was incredible!  My ears were so happy.


Spent the rest of the time eating loads of yummy foods! But no drinking. The girls did but I stayed true to my ‘100 Days Sober’ challenge.  It was hard but I was able to get a different perspective seeing everyone else drunk.  And the girls were really supportive, making sure I stayed on track.  Plus I still had loads of fun without the hang over.

What I learnt was related to complaining. I’d read an article about how hard it is to not complain. It seems we are conditioned to always go to the negative, not the positive.

As mentioned our little trip did not start as planned and we were whining until we realised that if we were negative we would make the situation worse. We changed our attitude and had an amazing time.

There will always be things that don’t go our way but we need to move past that. A quote I saw recently really  hit home on this: ‘As you waste your breath complaining about life. Someone out there is breathing their last. Appreciate what you have.’

Funniest moment:

  • Was about to get on the plane when my bag got checked for size.  The wheels didn’t fit in the stupid frame they wanted me to test it in.  I was ready jump on top of the bag and cram it in.  There was no way I was paying more for luggage!  Need be I would have worn everything that I had in my carry on.  And had I done that I would have been guaranteed to sit next to a hottie on the plane (Murphy’s Law and such).  That would have been a conversation starter…

What I did that scared me:

  • Stayed up til 5am, 3 mornings straight.  That was without the aid of alcohol!


  • Portugal.  Full stop.
  • Seeing Imagine Dragons live.  I have been listening to their album on repeat recently
  • TNT magazine agreeing to print an article about my ‘100 Days Sober’ endeavour


  • Trains in Portugal can be a little challenging at times
  • Food poisoning
  • Waiting 45 for a freaking kebab at the festival, when I was starving already.  That almost pushed me over the edge

What I learnt:

  • There is always something you could find to complain about.  But is it worth wasting your breath over?


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