Boarding Pass – Patricia Naves

Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one who has sketched the outfits they plan on packing for a trip, but then thanks to Boarding Pass I’m reminded that I’m not alone in the world. But I guess that’s bound to happen when you put designers who have a true passion for travel together. I laughed too when reading about Patricia Naves on her website and the fact that she grew up in a 4m2 (fully furnished) bedroom helped inspire her to become an architect. (As someone who is currently living in 10m2 I can appreciate that!). These days, inspired by her ventures around the world, Patricia is designing beautiful, functional and fun products under the name Oiti. {Thanks, Patricia!}
last trip taken: Copenhagen and Paris

next trip on deck:
Cuba for new year’s

one place you would go back to again and again:
I can think of so many places, but Buenos Aires is the first one that comes to my mind. I have been going back there for the past 5 years religiously. I haven’t missed a year since my first visit in 2005.

place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
Rio de Janeiro. No one should die before going to Rio. Even for us, Brazilians, who are kind of used to it, it never gets normal. The mix of stoning nature + beautiful people + fun life style + fantastic music in a big cosmopolitan city is something that I have never seen anywhere else.

preferred method of transportation:
It depends on the purpose of the trip. I love flying! For me, it never gets boring. I love everything about it, even things that every human being hates like the economical class food. The possibility of paying 20 Euros to go from Paris to Stockholm drives me crazy. Brazil is a continent sized country, the simple act of going to a little further state would cost me 20 times more.

I used to love the trains, specially in Europe cause you could observe the landscape throughout the journey. But I confess that I haven’t taken a train in a while in Europe. It is so cheap to fly within Europe now, that I always choose to trade travelling hours for walking around hours within city limits.

place you’ve never been but dying to go: Cape Town

place you’d never go back: I haven’t been there yet.

most memorable trip:
13 years ago, I was a 17 year old exchange student in Central Australia along with other 30 exchange students from all over the world. 30 days throughout the Outback feeling like we were on top of the world and, not for a second, being aware of work, time or aging.

how do you prepare for a trip?
Getting information on it’s inhabitants habits. It tells you everything about a place: people’s life style. I even appeal to street style blogs. You can get so much information from the way people dress: weather, the city mood… the whole atmosphere. It is also a great help when it comes to packing. Living in a tropical country takes away your ability to equip yourself for 4 different and well defined seasons. There for, checking out the way locals are dressed has been a very helpful tool to decide whether I should take or leave the woolen scarf sometimes .

I also look up the destiny on Google maps and check the official city website. The official Copenhagen website, for example, is great! It has the best architecture tips and fantastic advises on walking routes.

how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
Pictures, lists and souvenirs

what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
Every day details.

on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
I have no idea. The digital technology took this count away from me. And for the disappointment of many, I never spoil a fun moment with a “cheese” moment. I am not a picture freak.

what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
Camera, graph notebook, small backpack, 2 different color pens, a paper ‘old school’ map (I have not crossed this line yet, no GPSed IPhone in my kit…)

what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
God!! I file the photos on my computer and post it on my blog gradually. Actually I only post the ones that can be related to a tip or indication.

favorite souvenir/thing to bring back?
Very local things. Objects which I observe are deeply part of the locals everyday life. Ah! I almost forgot my must have souvenir: tea cups and teas. I am a compulsive tea drinker and I collect tea cups. So I try to get a new (actually old, most of the times) cup and a local tea flavor from every city I visit. Well, I must confess: I have cheated a couple of times… I forgot to buy the local traditional tea and just got a nice globalized English brand from the duty free shop at the airport to avoid the feeling of coming home empty handed and having to do some explaining to my tea shelf… ; ) Oh, well… Once it’s been a while since I last visited the UK, I think it is ok to get English tea from the airport, right? A good tea collection must have some English tea…



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