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Odd, and Long

Or should I just say “regular” ?

All days seem longer, yet somehow shorter, and the normal is now odd.

We walked our usual walk. We came upon a couple of gentlemen from a construction site (there’s a LOT of that going on, by the way), when they were standing outside a Pastelaria, asking about sandwiches. One of them, the one inquiring about the food, had the thickest northern accent I’ve heard in a while, and it made me miss going up north a lot.

A few steps before we were walking by a wall filled with street art, and I tried explaining about Georgetown to tinyMovieStar. She endured it for a while, and then moved on to something else.

Yesterday a DB Schenker truck drove by, and I missed being somewhere where I don’t fully grasp the language, where I’m not sure if what I’m ordering for dinner is delicious.

Maybe I’m finally missing it all.

Thankfully Nuno came over today, and took care of the bike. She was parked for a year now, and movieStar and Nuno had joined efforts to shame me into picking her up and riding her home.
And we did.
He forgot about the pump for the tires, so she was practically un-ridable, but it was damn fun to do it anyway.
I also missed riding her for hours.

Bruised, but Home

She’s back. Nuno is the best!

As soon as she had a new battery, she promptly started working. Tires missing a lot of air, but she was hibernating for a year, so that was expected. Engine running smoothly.

Welcome home.

February 2021 Photoblogging Challenge

Day 25 | code

Not exactly a photo of coding, but I can easily imagine this as a scene in a movie. He would be coding there. Close enough ?

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Slow Day for Photos

Walked as usual, but no real photos to rave about.

Some items I had to find while out and about, and I did, but felt too tired the get me in (on?) the right state of mind.

I’m sure tomorrow will be a better day. 

Wild Guess

I’m guessing this was not made locally.

February 2021 Photoblogging Challenge

Day 24 | baby

Predictably, tinyMovieStar. The word baby got a whole new meaning after this day.

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The River

New destination today: the river!

tinyMovieStar loved it when she went to the beach, so today I decided to head for the river, that’s as close as it gets around here. The river is very wide, so she might not notice the difference.

On the way there we went down Avenida da Liberdade, home to all the fancy shops, while the next street over is home to all the less fancy ones.

All are closed now, so window shopping is all we get.

Praça da Figueira, Rua Augusta, usually bustling with locals and tourists, is empty. Same at Praça do Comércio, odd with almost no one around.

And we made it to the river. This is where tourists gathered for the sunset, with street musicians providing the soundtrack. Silence is all you get now. The whole area is cordoned off.

As you move away from the river, people start showing up.

February 2021 Photoblogging Challenge

Day 23 | banana

I found more banana photos on my archive than expected, seems like it’s been a constant all through the years, a subject I was unaware of. Not going bananas over it, but…

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Back to it

Since it’s Monday, we’re back walking for a decent amount of time. Today it was tinyMovieStar’s 10th monthiversary, we tried finding a new route.

Most of it is known territory, of course, there’s only so much you can do around here, but still managed to get nearly 17000 steps in on both rounds. Not too bad.

We’re now back home, ready for her dinner, then ours, and after that we’ll probably watch a couple more episodes of the series that’s keeping us company for now: The Blacklist.
Somehow James Spader always rubbed me the wrong way, this time I’m able to endure him. I must be getting softer with age.


Ten months of walks in Lisbon for tinyMovieStar! Yay!

February 2021 Photoblogging Challenge

Day 22 | spell

As soon as the camera arrived I went out looking for something to shoot. I came upon this girl. Lucky me, she was under a spell, talking to the flowers. Music festivals will to that to you.

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In my quest to use Flickr a little more, there’s a new album, or set, or gallery.
I plan to add a few more photos to it, but first I have to find them.


I had a few of them lined up for a new page on the website for a while now, but somehow never got around to setting that one up.
Hope you like it.

Sunday Report

Rainy morning, so no walk. After lunch we started watching BlacKkKlansman, but had to give up midway, tinyMovieStar had a different idea.

The weather had improved a bit, so we all went out and walked for an hour. Less than we’re used to, but good enough.

She’s getting heavier by the day, and I’m not getting proportionally stronger. One of these days we’ll have to start using a stroller, no matter how much I try to postpone it.

On a related note, the day when I turn 50 is fast approaching, and I’m actually happy, hoping we’re still in lockdown mode by then. It’s the perfect excuse to skip having a party.

Me. Today.

energyLevel = -35

Thankfully we’re not allowed to go out and sit at restaurants, or this would probably be my current situation.


February 2021 Photoblogging Challenge

Day 21 | colors

Some countries are more colorful than others. This one has the colors, the smells, the tastes,… It’s not missing a lot.

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On the “Crazy Places I’ve Found Myself In” series…

Guesses ?

February 2021 Photoblogging Challenge

Day 20 | weather

Felt like the sky had exploded, and clouds were blasted in every direction.

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One More

The endless collection. Scrolling down my Lightroom library, I remembered I had this one going on.

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Martim Moniz

A part of the city that could be the coolest of them all, with all the immigrants and their shops and restaurants.

Sadly it’s a mess of ugly buildings, dereliction, and people pissing against the walls.

February 2021 Photoblogging Challenge

Day 19 | alive

The most alive person I know, and she makes others feel alive. That’s a super power, as far as I’m concerned.

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Not getting a lot of use these days.

A lot of ordering stuff going on, but too big to fit those in there.

The Day Before

Came across this one yesterday, while looking for the challenge photo.

Plastic maique was a hit. Someone thought the wedding couldn’t happen without these around, so they found a way to ship them over to the island.

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Day 18 | at home

We’re lucky, we feel at home anywhere, as long as we’re together. But this is where I started calling movieStar “home”.

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There are plenty of ugly looking buildings too. A lot, in fact.

Today we saw a few, but plenty more available if you’re into that.

New and old, ugly.


We started our morning walk today facing the opposite direction.

Look where that took us, Mr @helgeg. 😊