“Ancient nomadic soul“ / Serra do Bouro, Portugal (Day 147+)

Portugal, Serra do Bouro

January is passing by with the speed of light and I can’t believe February is around the corner. I got used to Portugal a lot and now I feel like home. I’ll stay here for a couple of months and then I’ll return back to Slovenia. I will definitely miss it and I’ll probably return again (hopefully many times).

The prices of the gas went down a little, so I continue my exploration across the country. It’s funny how Portuguese people always let me know that it’s a very small country, but when I tell them how small is Slovenia they just laugh and say: “Ok, you win!” 🙂

Even though Portugal is “a small country”, there’s still so many things I need to discover and you can never get bored of it. I love it’s diversity: from beautiful sandy beaches, to high cliffs, green hills and valleys, to tall mountains and endless fields, big cities and small abandoned villages. You definitely need a car here, so you properly visit every “non-touristic” place and see the real Portugal.

Here are some recent random photos from January:

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My morning smoothies still continue through January.

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Palm trees everywhere, I really like them.

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I love flowers and every time I see them in a market I get happy.

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Since I’m video artist, I need to dedicate some time also for work.

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Sunshine and reflections.

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Neighbors dog doing his business on the street: caught in the act! 🙂

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I love to make myself a “pop-up office” outside with a view!

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Seaside coffee shops are always a great idea to work.

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I love the fact it’s winter and I can be on the beach with t-shirt and ice cream.

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Traveling around Portugal with a car is fantastic!

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Friendly neighbor dog always saying hello when I come back to the house.

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My beautiful Portuguese street.

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View from the back door through my kitchen. I will move to another house this week and I will really miss this street and my lovely small house. But changes are good and It’s good to experience another city and change the location once in a while. My soul is definitely an ancient nomad.

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One of my videos.

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I love evening walks and the amazing views over cities from different hills. It’s bad phone quality, but it gives you the clue.

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Usually it’s always sunny, but the weather can change in seconds. Above you can see the view through my window one day and the next day totally different. The pictures were taken last week and then the rain continued for couple of days and now the sun is finally back and it’s strong and warm, just the way I like it!

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I’m going regularity swimming into the local swimming pool. It’s nice and not expensive.

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And I’m making my own full grain bread.

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Loving evening walks and sunsets.

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Once in a while I also make my favorite food: crepes!

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Picture from exhibition of an artist Maria Bernardino.

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Feeling great every day when sun rises and start to peek into my bedroom.

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Lovely nearby city named “Imagination”.

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Sushi with a view. Yes, beautiful Santarem!

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Some pictures from Santarem, lovely medieval city.

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21°C calls for a good coffee and cold beer.

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Beautiful park in Caldas da Rainha.

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Portuguese countryside: flowers, fields, hills and valleys.

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Some night shots from fishing in Foz do Arelho.

So, this week is all dedicated to packing my stuff, since I’m moving to another place. It’s hard to leave a house which already became my home, but changes are good and new location will give me a new strategic place to explore new areas and meet new people. Make new memories.

Living abroad is something every person should go through, since it makes you stronger, more confident and it gives you a new perspective on life and friendship. If you can make it in a foreigner country, alone and without the “physical backup” of your family and friends, you are ready to live and survive anything. It makes you cherish life and real friendship a lot more and you can really see that you don’t need television in your life. Go out and explore the world. It belongs to everyone.

My next post will be updates from my new home.

Soon,

Valerie

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Multimedia artist from Slovenia.