If you're following me on Instagram or Facebook, you've probably caught snippets of my past month meandering through Europe fueled by copious amounts of pizza, pasta and gelato. At the request of friends and family, I'll be compiling my adventures into a series of posts here on my blog over the next several weeks. Describing travel as "life-changing" is a huge cliche, but also a huge understatement. During what seems like the longest, yet quickest, weeks of my life, I learned so much about myself, the cultures I encountered and the people I met along the way. And even after a few plot twists, a few freak outs and a few too many late nights, I'm returning to Boston with newfound clarity, an abundance of new ideas and eagerness to get back to writing and recording
The first destination to debut on the blog: Madeira, an autonomous island off the coast of Portugal, responsible for Madeira wine, Cristiano Ronaldo and embroidery artisans.
Many stairs later: Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte. After Charles I of Austria, the last reigning monarch of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was exiled, he spent the rest of his life in Madeira and was buried at this church.
That view though...
I was too obsessed with this adorable coffee tricycle-truck to not share.
This was pretty awesome; riding in style in Madiera means hopping aboard a wicker toboggan steered by two guides that look like they're auditioning for a babershop quartet. The brakes? Their rubber boots.
I'll be posting additional photos from Funchal on my Instagram story and be on the lookout for more posts coming soon! In the comments, tell me which city you'd like to see here next: Barcelona, Spain OR Lisbon, Portugal!