“September is over and why I like Portugal“ / Serra do Bouro, Portugal (Day 17 – 28)

Portugal, Serra do Bouro

It’s been almost a month since I arrived here in the first days of September. Now it’s the first day of October and I can’t believe how fast the time flies by! I’ve decided that I will spent whole September off, just relaxing and breathing, exploring Portugal and forgetting about the working stress. I haven’t been on a real holiday for two years, I always put too much work upon myself. And now I think it’s time I deserved to press “the off switch”. The month flew by like a hurricane and I am restarting myself to get back into workflow. I already scribbled some doodles in my notebook and got some ideas for new works while I was taking my time off (yeah, I’m hopeless), but I didn’t put any pressure upon myself so I feel very relaxed and peaceful.

I started to really enjoy and love this new country. Portugal is amazing. I wasn’t completely sure at first, because I was just once in Lisbon couple of years ago, for a day, but this time it’s different. I have a lot of time and I can really live here and experience it as a local people do.

And what are the things which I love most?

I really love fresh tropical fruits, which I can get on the local fruit and vegetable market. They are very cheap and tasty! Next to the fruit market there’s also a fish market, so I also stop there and buy some fish from local fishermen.

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I love my peaceful backyard and some free moments where I can have some brunch, enjoy the sun and read art magazines.

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Whenever I find time I go for a walk and explore the surroundings. I found so many random things and places where I find lot’s of inspiration and friendly local people. Just today I went for a walk and sat down in one spot where I enjoyed some fresh sea air and the view and there was this old man sitting nearby with two dogs. One dog came to me and started to sniff me and then put it’s paw on my knee. I started to pet it and the man started to talk something in Portuguese. I said that I don’t understand so he tried English and then he first just informed me that the dog is nice even if it’s big and then we started a nice conversation and he told me a lot about the dogs, which were named Nina and something Portuguese (I couldn’t even say the name, it was to strange), and he told me a lot about the places nearby and funny and weird anecdotes from his personal life. It was a good lough and pleasant moment and I felt very welcome in this country.The openness and friendliness of the people is something I really appreciate.

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The coastline and the beaches in Portugal are amazing! I mean really!! I am speechless every time I go there. It’s like a dream.

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Cities around me are not so big, so in the nighttime they are completely quiet and empty. It’s a pleasure walking around in the middle of the street not stressed about being hit by a car or stepped on by a crowd of people.

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Did I mention the views? Speechless. Every time.

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Driving around Portugal is amazing. Especially by the coastline. Windows down, and some Manu Chao on the radio. What else can I say. Oh, probably I have to mention empty roads, NO traffic, and very polite drivers. I have never experienced so relaxed people in my life.

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Every corner of Portugal is beautiful.

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And coffee… Mmmmm, coffee is the best! The national coffee drink is called galão, which you can see here in my cup.

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Sunsets are beautiful. In the city or outside.

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Finding art is not so hard, even streets are full of amazing graffiti and sculptures. I am looking forward to a jazz festival in Caldas da Rainha, it’s starts in October and I know I will enjoy it.

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There are lot’s of cats and dogs all over the streets. For now I saw that they all have owners, but they are walking around freely. So I always have some dog snacks in my bag and hang out with local animals. Miss Dolittle it is.

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So, yeah, as you probably see, I fell in love in Portugal and I really enjoy my stay here.

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Now the October began and it’s time to focus my relaxed September feelings into new work with lots of inspiration.

Later,

Valerie

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Multimedia artist from Slovenia.