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running in douro vinhateiro

a couple of weekends ago, we drove all the way north to run in douro vinhateiro’s annual race. we’d been talking about it for over a year now, the seductive idea of running along the douro river and feasting our eyes on hills upon hills of luscious vineyards in one of the prettiest unesco heritage sites of the country…

Peso da Régua

Rio Dour

so we booked the trip, laced our running shoes and headed off to régua, converging on top of the bagaúste dam with thousands of other early risers. while my brother and i did the 6km race at a leisurely pace, taking the time to stop along the way to take photos and enjoy the views and blue skies, p. sweated his ass off on the half-marathon with the pros.

Barragem do Bagaúste

Corrida do Douro

Crossing the old bridge

as an extra motivation, and being on portugal’s most famous wine region, wine tastings were taking place during (!) and after the race, and many people stopped to enjoy the free drinks! :D

Moscatel!

i’m not a big fan of wine, but luckily one of the race sponsors was fruut, makers of all-fruit dehydrated snacks. they even had my favourite flavour! :)
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in the end, p. crossed the finish line up after 1h31m, exhausted from the effort and especially from the unforgiving heat… but proudly wearing the neatest medal yet!

medal

sadly, no medals for us… but we got something nice too, that brought back some sweet memories. i’ll tell you about it on another post! :)

postlude

and just like that, with a flick of a switch, we turned a page on this electricity drama and moved in.

it’s hard to feel excited after months of anxiously waiting and battling… i think we’re mostly relieved to reach the end of the tunnel and enjoying the stillness. it took a while for it to sink in, but now this land of sunshine and blue skies is starting to feel like our new home and the exploring can finally begin. i’m looking forward to that.

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we’re not bitter though — if anything, this situation has left us determined: we won’t be them. we won’t be the incompetent lot, refusing to apologize or to assume our own faults, hiding behind excuses. we won’t be the postponers, stuck waiting for things to magically happen somehow. in our lives and in our own terms, we shall be hustlers, doers, finishers.

i guess that’s the lesson we took home. oh! and always check that your landlord has aaaaaaaaaall the papers he needs to rent a house. *sigh*

one second everyday – april 2015

april was the month we finally (finally!) got electricity in the house and moved in… hurray!

it also included lots of family time, a trip to ikea, our 9th anniversary… and a pirate-themed birthday party with treasure hunt included! :D

analogue wednesday #34

francisco

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featuring my youngest cousin francisco, who will turn 2 tomorrow! :)

one second everyday – march 2015

in march we traveled, saw the family, welcomed friends, said goodbye to others, discovered new series and enjoyed plenty of sunsets. we cried, we laughed… and we changed.

the house is still not ready, which is annoying, but we’re finally making some progress on that front. we’ve adjusted our attitude towards the whole ordeal — and suddenly things seem a lot lighter. que sera, sera! :)