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Welcome! If you love travel, photography and food and are looking for new places to explore, this is the right place for you! 

And now a little about me.

Hi there! My name is Maria and I come from Portugal. You may wonder why I started this blog. Writing is important to me but above everything I wanted to share my experiences. Not only with you but also with my daughter who is now 7 years old.

There is a whole life before she was born that she doesn’t yet know about. A life her mother led and that one day I want her to be able to know better.

You see 20 years ago I started a long journey that has led me to different continents where I was able to travel, live and explore places I only dreamt of as a child. Coming from Portugal and having the legacy left by our famous explorers, the sea always made me dream of seeing what lay beyond it.

Conflicts and wars, particularly in the Middle East, have made access to some countries impossible. Some of them I had the good fortune to visit and explore and I feel it is important to share with you what I saw and the people I met on the way. Some may not even be with us anymore but they touched me and they will always be part of my happiest memories.

But this blog came to be in Mexico where my daughter was born, a country that touched me profoundly and where I spent five years.

Its rich culture, traditions and its wonderful people inspired me to write about what I saw, felt and cooked. I hope those of you who are visiting for the first time can take the time to discover a bit of Mexico through my eyes, my feelings and flavors.

Austria came next, my husband’s country. I had never lived in Vienna before although we would come each year on vacation. I am European but I was also aware this was a distinct reality from my own in Portugal. There were challenges to face and obstacles to overcome but there was at the same time a lot of discovery and inspiration for new posts.

The closer proximity to my country and other European countries equally inspired me to write more often about not only Portugal but all the others we had the chance to visit while in Vienna.

And now we have moved to Tehran in Iran almost a year ago. I know it takes me months to settle down and get used to a new country.

Now I feel I’m finally settled and I’m happy we have at last started to explore this fascinating country. Whatever you hear on the news or from world leaders who have never set foot in this country, know that this is a country with a long history, with incredible landscape and a people who have touched my heart and have always made me feel welcome.

Welcome to the world of Travelling Spice, I hope you will be part of my journey!