To say that I am not particularly fashionable would be an understatement. My wardrobe isn’t small, but the section that I wear on a regular basis is. While I joke with colleagues about how bland and uniform-like most suits are for people in our particular line of work, there’s a certain relief in knowing that there’s a uniform of sorts for days with meetings and for business casual.
But I am always keeping an eye out for clothes that travel well, are easy to mix and match, and are wash and wearable.
A few days before leaving for Portugal, I stopped by REI, looking for a pair of shoes. They didn’t have exactly what I wanted: the particular style had been on clearance and sold out. But I ended up buying a pair of Merrells and a pair of Mammut pants off the clearance sale rack.
The Merrells are as excellent as Merrells usually are: the black Dassie shoe worked with pants and casual skirts and wore well for walking miles on cobblestones. The Mammut pants wound up being better than I anticipated for traveling. They are made of lightweight material that dries quickly when rained upon, didn’t feel binding even after 12+ hours of wear, were easily cleaned, etc.
Highly recommend both…although it looks like the pants aren’t available any longer.
Still…if you don’t want to wear sneakers as you travel but still need good support and sturdy shoes for walking, Merrell might be a brand to try. And I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for more Mammut on the sale rack.
Next time, permit more time for wine tasting. Two port caves per day is really my limit, but there are so many, and I won’t have time to try them all. 😍
Also: this fascinated me. Up close, it’s a bunch of mangled car parts stuck on the corner of a building for no apparent reason. A few yards away, it is clearly an Art Installation…maybe one with a message I don’t really get. But still, it’s ingenious.
And then there is this installation across from a hipster-y coffee place. Those are car tires sticking out of or affixed to the building.
(Where I had a pastry and a latte. Yum.)
I’ve never gotten the appeal of fruitcake. Even Carla Kelly’s Regencies with their Christmas pudding never sold me. But today I saw the biggest fruitcake I’ve ever seen at a café in Coimbra.
And when I walked past the same pasteleria on my way home after a day of tourist-ing, about 2/3 of it was gone.
Which makes me wonder if I’m missing something. Maybe for a coffee break tomorrow I’ll stop in and try it. Or one of the other amazing looking pastries.
Has the meaning of nonplussed morphed? Back in grade school, it was a vocabulary word that meant confused or surprised to the point of being uncertain how to react. I’ve read A LOT of fan fiction that misused it in place of nonchalant. Has that caused the meaning to morph, at least colloquially in North America, to calm/casual/nonchalant? I just read an ESPN article that used it in a context that is definitely the latter.
Or maybe that’s just more poor editing from ESPN.