Small breaks – microadventures

Porto Portugal

A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding. Alaister Humphreys

While I was growing up, my parents didn’t really have the chance to travel far. After living for about a decade in Switzerland (I was born there) back to Portugal, and long story short, a kid with autism and a lot of work stuck us here.

It has a bright side though. We would always go on adventures together, and make the most of the small time we had as a family. So, traveling, for me, was never a two-week mission on the other part of the world. Traveling could be going anywhere, at any time, for the whatever amount of time we had, which was mostly one day at a time. One morning we even decided to cross the border and see what happens.

I’m trying to bring that more and more into my current life. First, because I do need breaks quite a lot since it’s so hard for me to shut down when I’m home (series and movies don’t work for me); but also, because I realize there are so many things I still have to discover in this little paradise called Portugal. So, that’s what we did, for the last two days of 2017, just get on the road and go!

Portugal: Montemor-o-Velho

Montemor-o-Velho Portugal

Montemor-o-Velho Portugal

 

Montemor-o-Velho Portugal

Montemor-o-Velho Portugal

Montemor-o-Velho Portugal

Montemor-o-Velho Portugal

I was gladly surprised by this small town. The streets are so small when you go up to the castle, it’s even funny to imagine that people must be able to listen to each other when they go to the bathroom.

This castle has a really nice thing, escalators. I don’t think it’s possible for people in wheelchairs to go up, but with low mobility and to take kids it definitely helps! That’s a must!

The word for the castle itself is serenity! We had a lot of fun taking silly pictures, pretending to be princess and knight and sit in the church for a small talk.

Portugal: Porto

Porto Portugal

Porto or London?

Porto PortugalPorto - Portugal

Porto - Portugal

View from D. Luis Bridge Porto

And then, Porto! I’m falling in love with this city, I want so badly to move there. Even though I’ve been in Porto many times, it was my first at the beautiful bridge of D. Luis. It must be in every tourist guide because it is full of people looking relaxed and with cameras, which we were also.

Porto was way more about being with friends, being silly, walking around and talk about anything, and then, have the New Years Eve party.

I never get enough of this small breaks, of any kind of traveling, in fact. All I want is to have some day(s) off, grab a good book, a camera, alone or with someone I love, and to discover the world!

See you soon, and please, don’t get stuck!

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