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Out of scale – painful

Florida

Out of scale Twice I felt “out of scale”, which means obliged to calculate distances, understand volumes, manage times, outside my common standards.It happened on my first visit to Morocco, where the smallness of the Fes medina gave me that feeling, and in Florida, when for the first time in my life I drove an automatic car, on the…

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Visiting Vagos

Vagos

Visiting Vagos Bad memories One night, driving through Vagos, I felt an intense and pleasant floral aroma. I was immediately hit by a wave of sneezing, so violent that I hesitated between stopping, not to lose control of the car, or accelerating, to free myself from the aroma that was causing the intense allergic reaction.I opted for the second,…

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Memories of Barcelos

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Memories of Barcelos Popular feasts The first two times I tried to visit Barcelos, I couldn’t, because the partying crowds didn’t allow me to park anywhere. On the third, I parked outside the city, crossed the bridge, and… surprise – I found a city rejoicing.

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People

Mr Alfredo, 56. Mr Alfredo waited tables at the Mozambican Presidency from 1972 until 1998. Started in 1972 working then for the Gov. Pimentel dos Santos, Mozambican’s Portuguese Governor in duty. Later Mr Alfredo served Mr Victor Crespo, in duty for the transition government from ’74 ’til ’75. In 1975 Mozambique become a sovereign country and Mr Alfredo kept…

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Tanta

Tanta

Butchery in Tanta – little girl with big knife Like in any other Egyptian town, Butcheries in Tanta show their meats outside in the open busy streets. I run for some pictures of this particular butchery and, after a few shots, this little girl (pictured) asked me to make a photo of her. I can not speak Arabic myself…

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Memories of Angola

Angola

Memories of Angola Coffee and Timber We know that Angola‘s natural wealth is not just oil and diamonds. For a year I lived on a farm in the north, where coffee production and logging reached impressive values. The civil war stopped many of these explorations, but the potential is there, and I dream to see the spectacle of coffee…

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Memories of Reguengos

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Memories of Reguengos – Night fire Many Portuguese villages have the tradition of partying around a big fire in a holly day’s eve (in Turquel, my home town, is June 12), but I never saw such a big fire as in Reguengos de Monsaraz.  For sure, it was fired in New Year’s eve, but we were there 24 hours…

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Memories of Angra dos Reis

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Memories of Angra dos Reis For a Portuguese, obliged to see hundreds of Brazilian novels a day in TV, Angra dos Reis became a mythic synonym of richness, beauty, and quality of life. That’s why, on arrival, the sensation was – disappointment. Angra is a common town; the marvel is in the sea. So… take a boat and leave….

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Religious

Religious

Religious – Memories of Chiang Mai Religious? Tito? Tito his always a friendly and emotive guy, but what took him to, unexpectedly, join the prayers of a religion he really didn’t know nothing about? Strictly speaking, she had no background in any religion, and that impulse to enter the temple and spontaneously join the people in prayer surprised us…

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