So. I’ve been in Portugal for a year now. So far, so good. I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been all daisies and ice-cream but the good things have by far outweighed the bad.
- Have (sortof) learnt to speak Portuguese. The basics, you know: “Do you have fresh ginger/peanut butter?” in the supermarket. (the answer is usually no… but thats another story) Am not yet able to have a fight with someone in Portuguese, but not for lack of trying (A man accused my dog of pooping on his from yard, total lie! but I had to yell at him in English because I just can’t think fast enough in another language)
- Have a dog (see above) who does NOT poop on other peoples front yards. He is the cutest dog in the world and we love him very much.
- Have legal documents. Finally! Am now able to get a job and leave the country without fear of being barred when attempting to return.
- Have not yet starved or been unable to pay the mortgage. This is significant! Being freelance photographers trying to build a client base from zero in the middle of an “economic downturn” is pretty tough! But we’re getting there.
- Have a wonderful mother-in-law who gives us a weeks worth of food everytime we visit, which has definitely helped in the not-starving department. (see above)
And through all of these experiences I have been taking photos, because if Portugal is anything, it is a beautiful country. Truly beautiful. And if theres one thing that I like to do more than making lists (see above) its taking photos.
So then, these are some of my favourites from one year of here: