it was a short visit but we’re so glad Sisa was able to come anyway and hang out with us a bit. and the countdown is now set for september… :)
The previous week, my concerns were not only tied to flying alone – travelling alone, to be more exact – for the first time (in my 28 years of existence) but how I would adapt to the weather conditions over there: snow-capped mountains are not exactly the epitome of warmth. But warm it was – thanks to heated rooms and a really handy mountain jacket I had brought upon departure, but also to the cozy environment that ends up emerging in these EYN events.
It was a lot to take in, many first times in several different ways but I still managed to use one of the lunch breaks to wander about the surroundings. Sadly, the rain soon came and I had to cut my solo walk short but it was enough. It was quite enough.
Now that the weather has finally winded down and the rain has allowed for more breathing room into the days, we decided to take an afternoon to visit the city centre. Ever since our move, I haven’t really gone around to know Santarém, the nearest city to this quiet village where we’re living in, so, I was glad to get out and explore a bit.
Some streets and corners reminded me a little of the neighbourhood we were at in Lisbon – Alfama – although I think those streets were a tad busier, livelier, compared with these. While Alfama carries a very ancient feel, Santarém seems more of a village who has acquired fancier shoes yet is still able to maintain a country-like flair: people were taking their time, women walking with a casual spring in their step, just the right amount of city spirit.
It was a good introduction, and it felt quite nice walking about, watching the shop windows and little businesses (even spotting a photo shop here and there!) and growing a better sense of where I am, where I am to be.
First of all, it’s strange to be there and knowing your former house isn’t yours anymore and therefore, there’s no place of your own where to land (and hide in).
All there is left to do is wander the streets. And although strange, it isn’t necessarily bad. You take the opportunity to look at the city with other eyes, the eyes of someone who is outside of all that hustle and bustle now, eyes that won’t be lost in attention to those details for long.
You take it all in, then you move on. And that’s how it feels right to greet this city, admiring her from afar, extending a brief hello… until next time.
The studio’s structure is made of glass all around, which ensured it was exposed to natural light and a curtain system allowed to better control that exposure.