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  • Jul, 2008
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Blurred Vision, Seeing Clearly

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN About Me, DC, Portugal, Travels

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Searching for something else, I found this piece, which I believe was deleted from my blog in the mysterious blog purge of depressed laid-off posts. It republishes today, almost a year later, in a year without things. WASHINGTON, D.C., August 18, 2007 The unemployed know this – how the days can creep by, you, reading [...]

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  • 23
  • Feb, 2007
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Cobwebs & Candycorn

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN About Me, DC, Portugal

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WASHINGTON, DC, February 23, 2007 “How do you enjoy a moment when you know it’s just a memory?” The question hung for a moment, between Monumento do Cristo-Rei and the copycat bridge, over milk coffees grown chilly; useless too-thin napkins, and a setting sun. Lisboa hobbled down, in creaky, cobbly hill to meet the river, [...]

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  • 27
  • Jan, 2007
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Busted face, Lisboa

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN About Me, Portugal, Travels

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LISBOA, Portugal, January 27, 2006 The carpet hurts to walk on with bare feet – thick grooves of natural fiber, laid directly on cold Portuguese marble. So when I fell directly on my face from the top bunk – goofing off with my friend Jen, attempting to change the song on iTunes on my laptop [...]

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  • 22
  • Jan, 2007
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Bobó de Camarao y Israeli Delights

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN Food, Portugal, Travels

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LISBOA, Portugal, January 22, 2007 One of the best things about my job at the Oasis hostel is the free dinner, cooking by a rotating cast of local chefs. Seeing as how free food is my number one passion in life – (heck, this ain’t the first job I took because of the munchies) – [...]

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  • 21
  • Jan, 2007
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Portuguese TV Freak Show

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN Portugal, Things I Find, Travels

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LISBOA, Portugal, January 20, 2007 Sometimes it’s easy to forget that I’m in another country. Easy, that is, until I turned on the TV last week to see a man in blackface eating his hand. I had stumbled onto a PORTUGUESE FREAK SHOW on TV! [Update: A reader has informed me that this channel is [...]

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  • 18
  • Jan, 2007
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Don’t fuck with the Jesus statue, Lisboa

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN Portugal, Travels

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Flickr’d by Tierecke. When I first got to Lisboa, I was like, “Dude, there’s a giant Jesus here!” I knew there was an enormous statute overlooking Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, but the Lisboa Jesus just doesn’t get enough press. So why do the countries have matching statues? This got me to imagining the following [...]

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  • 18
  • Jan, 2007
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Tuna Time!

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN Food, Portugal, Travels

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LISBOA, Portugal, January 18, 2007 I was thrilled the other day to discover that Portugal is home of the world’s coolest tunafish tins. Each is a marvel of design – harkening back to some distant era, where lone designers sailed the seas of unconventionality, fishing for a look that would set their can ahead of [...]

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  • 18
  • Jan, 2007
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“Last” meal, Lagos, Portugal

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN Food, Portugal, Travels

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LISBOA, Portugal, January 18, 2007 My last official meal in Lagos was at Linda Bar on Meia Praia. The day was too sunny to be believed; we were warm in jeans and short sleeves – in the middle of January! Monkeys pals Kaci, Beck, Jimmy and Timmy joined Raff and I for our farewell – [...]

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  • 11
  • Jan, 2007
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Lemongrass Restaurant, Lagos

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN Food, Portugal

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LAGOS, Portugal, January 11, 2007 Chef Sharon Crayton and I treated ourselves to a night out at Lagos’ premiere Thai restaurant, Lemongrass. (OK, technically, it was her treat.) The entire meal was divine, with the notable exception of the bland papaya salad, which we didn’t bother to finish. Grilled mussels in Portugal are delectable, moist, [...]

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  • 09
  • Jan, 2007
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Most Awesome Tuna Can Ever

POSTED BY LauraFries.com IN Food, Portugal, Travels

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LAGOS, Portugal, January 9, 2007 Thank you Portugal, for proferring this awesome can of tuna that looks like it’s been hanging out at the bottom of a sailboat for the last 70 years. For some reason, a can of tuna is relatively expensive in Portugal – this can ran me €1.90 ($2.48 at current exchange [...]

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