walking on history, XVIII: more roman roads

not the first roman road we visit, but this one is much closer to home, in nearby são brás de alportel. the town lays in the crossroads of two historical paths: the road that connected faro to the north of portugal, and perpendicular to it, the road that linked tavira and loulé.

you have to walk a bit down a dirt road to find it, among fields of olive and carob trees, and we were almost turning around when i glimpsed a few arranged stones in the distance. and suddenly there it was! the road is different here, the stones smaller and arranged in patterns, but i found it no less interesting.

another small bit of an amazing engineering project!


analogue wednesday #201

walking around porto, everything feels as if new to me.


kids drawings

my cousin francisco turned 6 this year and will start primary school next month. although he lives in a small place, he had a really great pre-school that took the kids on lots of adventures, and they had a tradition of documenting everything in drawing. at the end of the year, he brought home all his masterpieces. i love them!

my favorite bits are the weekend drawings, in which they explain what they did the previous weekend, like helping his mom kill some chickens. you can tell he’s not from a city! :D


one second everyday — july 2019

things have been quiet around here on the blog. lately, all our processing power has been going to an idea we’ve been ruminating for a long time, which is now out there: celebrating the 150th anniversary of postcards, later this year. there are people organizing meetings, museums and post offices involved, a giveaway, and even an exhibition at the universal postal union headquarters in october. it’s all coming together, and the excitement is real!

but since emails and work are not something i like putting on the video, there’s none of that here. so what else did we do this month?

we had friends staying over, and then went north for a few days to check on the family. we filled our bellies with good food, including an extraordinary amount of passionfruit. i kept on studying chinese and we tried a new board game. plus, i managed to do a medical hat-trick last month: got stung by a bee on the tip of a finger (still hurts to type), got a uti and a diagnosis of tendinitis on my arm. :| nothing too bad, just all mildly inconvenient.

i look forward to writing a bit more here this month!


one second everyday — june 2019

june! friends and family and dogs staying over, and more passionfruit than we can eat. we took some time to learn about new stuff (like passive houses and electric cars), and did a little weekend getaway to explore mérida. i turned 37 and got a box of my favorite pencils for my birthday, which was brilliant! we soft-launched something we’ve been cooking for a long time. the boy went to russia for 3 days (which is the furthest we’ve been apart) but then came back safe and sound. 50% of the year is done and i’m happy and grateful.