But not quite! Instead the closing of a journey of, all that we had proposed to ourselves when 18 months ago we decided to leave Portugal, to empty our homes and fill a moving one. An opposite order is now willing to be established – it’s no stagnation or conformism, rather a slower flow until the batteries are topped up!
We did accomplish our expectations, tested resources, tasted near and not that close cultures with the possible neutral attitude, across 12 borders (same number for the internet USB sticks). Sometimes we tumbled over familiar elements in random places. We visit 30 different climbing areas, sendind around 950 pitches of rock, we walked a lot of trails, Hélène was guided by 4 yoga teachers, we joined and used fire and music, find some waves and surfed regular spots; got robbed once (2 bicycles), lost our dog twice, cruised without a window – taken by a fierce Bura – for a long while. We decided to travel slowly and settled for long periods of time (for convenience and a realistic sense of places). On the process, we enriched our soul with open views and different landscapes – neither more beautiful nor greater, just singular -; drove approximately 40.000 kilometers on pavement and not so soft roads, having just one flat tire and running out of fuel some…occasions, oops!
We met a lot of interesting people along the way – thanks again for everything. We did strengthen our bodies and minds, realized that – to a certain extent – we were lucky to have the chance and motivation to experience it all.
Now we’re back to where lines go along fishing rods, perpendicular and parallel to an almost always sunny horizon; salty textures and tastes, tides rhythm, rough and placid seas…You’re all invited to this coastal challenges; we’ll be happy if you do come.