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Lisbon by Victoria’s eyes

Hi, I’m Victoria.

I market, consult, write, and travel. And I take pictures.

The photos from my travels serve as both a visual diary for myself, and a glimpse into my view of different places for others. (Some of these pictures are available as prints; if you are interested in one, please shoot me a message on Instagram.)



A photo posted by Victoria (@_victoriavela_) on Jun 1, 2016 at 1:44am PDT

When the guys from Surf Office asked me to take over their Instagram account during my stay in Lisbon this May/June, I gladly accepted. It was an incredibly fun experience, and I had a blast sharing my snaps of the Portuguese capital with the community.


Not the worst setting for an afternoon coffee. Well played, Lisbon. // seven days of pictures by @_victoriavela_

A photo posted by Surf Office (@surfoffice) on May 23, 2016 at 10:19am PDT


As a passionate traveler and a cross-cultural consultant, I try to get a look behind the scenes of every place I visit. I enjoy talking to people and participating in local everyday activities, be it joining the infinite number of motorbike riders in Vietnam, going to a soccer game in Argentina, or standing in line for the best ice-cream in my neighborhood in Rome. I like to find out about the little things that make a place tick.

Lisbon holds a special place in my heart. This enticing city on the river Tejo is as effortlessly cool as it is down to earth. Old-world charm meets a taste for modern design and innovation. The close proximity to the Atlantic makes for a fantastic breeze on wonderfully warm summer days. And the food, the food! Superb seafood, plenty of options for both meat lovers and veggie enthusiasts, and pretty much heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. I still can’t talk about pasteis de nata without starting to drool.


A photo posted by Surf Office (@surfoffice) on May 29, 2016 at 7:51am PDT



A photo posted by Surf Office (@surfoffice) on May 29, 2016 at 1:13pm PDT

In recent years, an increasing number of international entrepreneurs, digital nomads, and startups from different industries have fallen in love with Lisbon. This means that there is a growing international business community providing opportunities to connect with people from different fields to exchange information, collaborate, or get advice.


A photo posted by Surf Office (@surfoffice) on May 25, 2016 at 7:18am PDT



A photo posted by Surf Office (@surfoffice) on May 24, 2016 at 4:18am PDT


Whether you are in marketing like me, in tech, in e-commerce, or in a different field – for location-independent entrepreneurs and remote workers, being able to meet people sharing the same interests is a huge advantage. Working online comes with a lot of benefits, but sometimes it is just nice to be able to actually sit down with someone and discuss business over coffee.


A photo posted by Surf Office (@surfoffice) on May 27, 2016 at 9:09am PDT



A photo posted by Surf Office (@surfoffice) on May 30, 2016 at 7:31am PDT

Lisbon also has a lot to offer in terms of leisure activities. If you are like me and love both the outdoors and the arts, you will enjoy the plethora of concerts, exhibitions, and street art pieces as well as the many great options for hiking, running, and biking. And surfing, of course, although this unfortunately does not apply to me ☺ (Runners and trail runners, head to Parque Florestal de Monsanto!)


tiled tiles tiles & a splash of red // seven days of pictures by @_victoriavela_

A photo posted by Surf Office (@surfoffice) on May 26, 2016 at 4:12am PDT



A photo posted by Surf Office (@surfoffice) on May 25, 2016 at 12:22pm PDT

I have been to Lisbon several times, and I keep coming back. Maybe one day I will end up staying. In the meantime, please join me on my travels here: Instagram.