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Apenas um pensamento sobre o céu.

Eu tenho reparado em uma coisa nesta viagem, por onde quer que eu passe há sempre uma coisa que olho a maior parte das vezes, o céu. Sim o céu, magnífico e grandioso céu, símbolo de sonhos e de ambições, é uma coisa bonita de contemplar e uma presença enorme nas nossas reflexões, quantas vezes é que nos apanhamos a olhar para ele e damos por nós 15 minutos no futuro? Pargas de vezes acredito que seja a tua resposta, é lindo como todos nós olhamos para ele a pensar no nosso futuro, no nosso passado, até no presente as vezes sorrimos por tão contentes que estamos no momento e ficamos parados no tempo a agradecer o que estamos a viver olhando para o nada, para o infinito.

O céu é muita coisa, depende dos dias, há dias que estamos rodeados de gente boa, alegre e cheia de energia positiva e o céu está por cima de nós com poucas nuvens ou nenhumas, o mais azul aconchegador possível e o brilho do sol a irradiar entre os copos da mesa e nos óculos de sol da malta e nós estamos neste mundo á parte a contemplar o momento com um sorriso parvo na cara a olhar para o infinito a pensar no quão bonito este dia está e que nada podia estar melhor.

Depois há aqueles dias em que está a chover, é de noite, e há uma pequena abertura entre as nuvens que mostra uma pequena estrela e ficamos debaixo do alpendre ou até mesmo na janela a olhar para ela a pensar onde é que viemos parar, quem somos, o que vamos ser e o que éramos e fica tudo tão desfocado no nosso olhar e apenas vemos aquela estrela e quanto mais tempo ficamos a olhar deixamos de ouvir a chuva e de repente alguém chama-te ou dás por ti a olhar para ti e voltas ao mundo real e soltas assim um pequeno suspiro por causa da aventura que acabaste de ter por entre as memórias e os teus sonhos.

Tens também aquele dia em que foste correr, foste dar um passeio pela praia ou depois do trabalho vais até a varanda sentar-te na tua cadeirinha a beber uma jola no final do dia e vês o pôr do sol, vermelho ou laranja forte entre as nuvens ou mesmo sem as nuvens e sentes toda a tua ansiedade, preocupações e medos a desaparecer lentamente enquanto contemplar a magnífica paisagem e sentes o corpo totalmente relaxado, um sentimento de realização.

O tempo muda e nós também mudamos com ele, é complexamente engraçado como tudo funciona, todas as razões por detrás de cada ação tem uma explicação profunda e a gente nem repara nisso. E não é só o tempo… É tudo!

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Bikes, mud and rain. The imperfect combination.

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The title itself could be self-explanatory, and this is the day I wanted to talk about in a previous post, a shitty day to be honest. So I was staying at the Cliff Surf Camp in Santa Cruz, both days I stayed in were sunny and delightful days, in other words, good weather to go travel on my bike but since I had paid already for 2 days I had to stay over and get the time to relax. Life was laughing at me for sure.

So the day I was going to leave was a rainy day, what a shame, always biking on the wrong days at the wrong times. Oh well, it was 10am and I left the hostel and since it is been raining all this days I decided to look for the fastest route and direct to my wooffing farm from Santa Cruz, it was a walking route, little I knew where I was getting into, this is what we can call a real adventure to be honest, like those Indiana Jones adventures, or maybe not, not so hardcore.

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Anyway, I followed the GPS walking route, and it was getting me throw some nice places, a “hidden” road that people use to walk, jog, bike around, it connects 2 small towns and a hotel. It is around 3km long, it’s nice hike, between little mountains and a river, full of green vegetation around and 2 little dogs, I taught they were lost but the owner came by to grab them with his motorcycle, it was wonderful, I was about to give them my sandwich but he appeared, happy doggos were really happy, one was on the top of bike barking at people, very cute stuff. Until now the weather was really nice, beautiful sunny day with the whitest clouds in the big blue sky.

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So after this beautiful place the real test of sanity and courage really began, dirt roads, my bike ain’t prepared for this but if it says it’s faster, it’s because it is, so I went with it, all fine until it started to rain, not very heavy but was raining, I put on my jacket, take a donut and eat it, and went forward. All good, nice strange places we find in this roads, got lost a few times, but got the right direction.

I must say again, life was really laughing at me this day.

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After a while, watery roads, I can pass through this with no problem, but then muddy roads, oh boy, I taught I was capable and went forward. Little I knew. Very little I knew that you shouldn’t really bike on mud but I didn’t care and didn’t really had any other choice because I was surrounded by trees and vegetation and I did it anyway, was going great until I find a fence blockage and I didn’t want to go back and the GPS tells me it’s this way, so I grabbed all my strength, pushed down the fence and pull up my bike to the other side and it was a climb of about 300 meters, I can make it I said to myself, and as soon as I ride for a few minutes (rain intensifies), mud was consuming my bike, mud on my wheels, mud on my brakes, mud on my bags, big chunks of mud were making impossible for my wheels to rotate and I had to get out of the bike and push it. Now I am getting consumed by the mud, my shoes are getting all muddy, I’m feeling the weight it brings to me, oh boy, this is the end, I will give up here, leave my stuff and go grab a bus, I can’t do this, I can’t move my bike it is heavy, I am getting heavier as well. But then I just couldn’t give up, I removed most of the mud that was blocking my wheel and pushed a bit, after while remove the mud again and push it again, repeating the process until I reached the top and there was another fence but it was already down so it was easier to pass. I made it!

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These pictures aren’t showing the mud on the wheels correctly, this was before I got stuck, imagine the brakes full of mud, between, over and under them, it was hell.

I was so happy to reach the top, it was so fulfilling, I could get out of this situation! Now nothing could stop me on this ride to the farm. After this there was a pond with water from the rain, I stopped over, cleaned my bike, removed most of the mud and cleaned my shoes with the water. I packed up, ate another donut and went off. 

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The roads were a little muddy and full of ponds, if I followed the water paths I could do it with no problem and after this situation I decided to not follow any more muddy roads anymore and tried to find civilization as soon as possible so I could proceed in normal roads. I was far from it, after one more hour of biking in dirty roads I could find a road from civilization, I followed it and made my way to the farm following normal car paths.

I was going well on the roads to my destination until it started to rain a lot, like a fucking lot, like a tap was just opened above you, so i rapidly found a big building, it looked like a tech center and I decided to go over and found a spot to get under and stayed there for a bit while and decided to eat the sandwich I was going to give to the little dogs. Funny the exact place I was hidden from the rain had free wifi, wish was always a plus to pass time.

After a while the rain slowed down and I decided to get back on the road and when I was almost reaching the farm the GPS was making me go throw dirty roads but it was not much, like less then a kilometer so I gave it a go, but…It was blocked as well, it was a old road with a railroad and the passage was blocked.

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Though there was this little space that I could get through walking and luckily I could pass with my bike with a bit of workaround, I had to grab my bike to go over a hole. With a little effort I made it to the other side, but another problem arised, there was this little and strait passage that or either me walking or riding my bike could pass, I couldn’t just push my bike because there was no space to be side by side with it, and there was another problem with the passage, there was a small water path to my left that I could fall to, or my bike or my bags and it would be a really big problem for me and since like before I didn’t want to go back, I just mounted my bike and carefully grabbing the fence that was by my right and going forward slowly I could make it and then I was almost arriving my destination.

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After a while being at Gaeiras, where the bio farm is, I called my host to know the exact place and she gave me the street name and I putted it on the GPS, and made my way to it, after arriving I was welcomed by the mother’s host and another wooffer like me that introduced me me to the farm briefly and guided me to the place I was going to live for the next few months. After that I went for a glorious bath and had dinner with my new partner wooffer and headed to my new bed and sleep for the night.

Oh well that is it for now, I hope you guys are enjoying reading these posts, I’m trying to create more engaging content for you, trying to reach the deepest details to try and re-create the moments I’ve been encountering. But the next posts probably will be about the farm, biological agriculture and my experience as a wooffer.

See you around!

The first beach sight! Ericeira and Santa Cruz!

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After I left the beloved city of Sintra and take some final pictures I decided to go over to Mafra or Ericeira. As I said before I lived close to Sintra before when I went to the 10th grade and it was between Ericeira and Sintra, the lived by the road that connected this 2 cities, Santa Susana, one of those little towns with 1 or 2 coffees and a little supermarket. So I followed up the road without GPS until S. Julião Beach where I thaught I could choose between the 2 cities I wanted to see but to go to Mafra I had to take a different turn before reaching here so I ended up going to Ericeira, the surf city on the coast.

There’s a little tip I must tell you if you are thinking to pass over this road, there is a van that sells this absolutely delicious bread with chorizo, their speciality, which is amazing and very cheap! Only 1,50€ for a big piece of bread with a lot of chorizo! You can find it at the exit from S. Julião Beach in direction to Ericeira.

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Continuing I reached Ericeira and stoped by for a coffee and since the weather was getting really dark, storm coming, I decided to go to look for a place to camp. Found one, settled the tent in direction to the sea so I could see the sunset laying down on my tent, which is always awesome! Then I went for a walk on the beach and came back to eat dinner and enjoy the sunset and go sleep.

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The next day was a pain in the ass, raining all day I couldn’t leave the tent since it was heavy rain then I had the courage, dressed up the rain equipment and went over to the bar for internet so I wouldn’t go crazy over in my tent! Then it was 3pm and I wasn’t seeing the rain going off so I decided to go set off the tent in the rain which was calmer now. I succeded and put everything on the bag, left my grocery bag and a few clothes back on the place because it was so much clothes and that bag was just being a weight without a real purpose. So I got lighter and easier/faster to pack.

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Off I went to the next stop, at the moment I was just following the coast until I noticed it wasn’t going to stop raining any time sooner and I didn’t want to be setting the tent on this conditions so I looked up for a cheap hostel and I found one for 12€ a night, Surf Camp Hostel at Santa Cruz, another surf city but smaller. The only problem is that I had to book 2 nights, oh well let’s do it. So after 3 hours cycling under rain I reached the hostel and I was very welcomed and since it is low season and there was almost no one at the hostel I got a free upgrade to a cozy room instead of the dorm I booked for! Really great staff and they had this big kitchen well equipped, it was very enjoyable to cook my dinner that night over here. I had a great breakfast the next day, really well prepared, every kind of food, sliced fruits, bread, lot’s of jelly choices, eggs, milk, coffee and juice, cheese, ham, cereals, really great. The bedrooms were really good, nice cozy bed, equipped bathroom. Oh well I only left the hostel a few hours the rest I used this time at the hostel to rest well my legs and work on my online web developing course.

 

The path of joy.

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Today I wanna share a new step into this journey, it came earlier then expected because of the weather here, it was getting really a pain in the arse to live out there on the tent, it was possible but not very pleasing and this ain’t a challenge, this is a journey of self-improvement. I have another history I wanted to tell before this one but I really had to get this into the blog asap, so this is about the present day, today.

So the thing is, this month and the next, it’s all about a learning, sharing and improvements, I don’t know if you ever heard about wooffing but I am doing it at the moment and I am at a biological farm, I haven’t really started to work for real, but there’s a lot to learn here. I am this city person, with little to no knowledge on agriculture, the things I know is because I red randomly here and there and also from speaking with people about it, so it’s not much.

The thing is, I should be starting to do this around 12-15th April but the god damn weather didn’t help me, neither going to a second hostel was planned and the worst thing is when I booked on this one, it was sunny! Man this is shitty luck! That’s the other story, so I will write about that on the next post!

Right, the wooffing. What is it? Though I think it is well known nowadays I will explain to you what is this wooffing I am talking about. So wooffing is about trading your muscles or brain in exchange for shelter, food, water, whatever you need to survive or whatever you agree with your host.

As my case, the host will teach me how to farm without chemicals, how to give water to pigs and also how to grab a baby duck, it’s not easy as your first times because you think you gonna hurt them but then you can just grab them and give them a bite, or simply grab them without biting, your choice though. Also, sheeps are weird animals, they shew and look at you like they are going to murder you someday soon. And besides the schooling, I will get a house that I share with the other wooffer, my own bedroom, food, a delicious soup and a cat. Oh only during week days, the weekend I’m free to do whatever I want. So in the end it’s not bad, it’s good actually. I learn, I get accomodation and food, only need money to wipe my ass so it’s ok.

So that’s it. I wanted to tell you about that because I felt like it, that I needed to let you guys know about this. Even though I’m not getting much live feedback, I feel like you are actually reading this. And thanks for the few people that gave feedback it really means much to me. Even though it’s only been 10 days since I started this, there’s a lot going on in this busy freaky crazy non-normal weirdo mind and that’s good. That’s really good.

Maybe just maybe, we can change the world to be greater.

Thank you!

 

Visiting Sintra, my way or… their way.

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Sintra.

Oh beautiful city. I don’t know why I never ever visited this side of Sintra, ever. I’m Portuguese, I’ve lived a long time ago 15km apart from Sintra, I went to Portela’s School which is side by side with Sintra and I never put foots on this magnificent city.

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So start off, there are 3 points you should know about:

  • One: Never, ever bring your bike with you. Well, at least not with 15kg on your bags!
  • Two: Eat well before you decide to go touring around Sintra, it’s a lot of walking and up and down. Or spend your whole wallet to go around the city. Your choice. But you will miss the best parts.
  • Three: Bring snacks, it takes at least 3 hours to look around. And I am not even including going inside the buildings and castles. There is a lot to see.

Well myself ain’t a guy about history, so I would just go explore Sintra by myself, looking for the beauty and take some pictures but like I spoke in the last post, I stayed at this Hostel in Sintra, “Nice Way Sintra Palace” and the day I was going to leave they were making a walking tour for free and since I was going to do kinda the same but alone I decided to go with them and it was a very pleasant experience. You not only got to know about the boring history stuff but you got to know about little secret places and legends about Sintra which is way more entertaining for me.

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At this hostel I could meet the most variety of people I could ever met in one place. Everyone from different countries and different backgrounds, the atmosphere of this hostel is just amazing, very friendly, everyone was just open-minded, no place for bad judgement here. I would recommend coming here if you want to find someone to visit Sintra, they got a few volunteers that make the tours exciting. Also they make a very nice tea for breakfast as well as their jelly, very delicious!

(Sorry I did not take any pictures of the hostel)

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So we got together at around 10am and went up the mountain, in between little roads at the historical city center with a few stops for historical facts. Then we reached Parque da Pena/Vila Sasseti, which is a huuuuge garden with a lot of variety of plants and flowers from different parts of the world, it’s amazing, and it’s like 200-300 meters up to the top of the mountain where the Pena’s Palace is. Also this is a great spot to chill out with your friends, it’s just so peaceful and green. We then reached the Mouro’s castle after a while and finally made it to Pena’s Palace entrance. It was around 2pm when we finished the touring and went to drink a coffee and head back to the hostel.

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Fun fact or horror story about this place is that there are a lot of mysticism around it, from satanism, witchcraft, voodoo, whatever you can think of, this place has it at night, there are a lot of small groups that come here to make ceremonies to their “whatever entity they believe in”. There a lot of places with weird signs and pentagrams, hidden places with candles, little statues and pyramids made of sticks, so yes you get the atmosphere about it.

There is a legend also that says there’s a huge tunnel underground that connects Sintra to Mafra, absolutely intriguing!

Since I was only one day over I didn’t get to explore that part which got me more excited so I will be returning some day for sure.

 

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It was 7am in the morning, it was raining, not much, but enough to be scary while inside a tent, panic! “What am I gonna do?! What if water comes inside? What if it doesn’t stop raining, oh shit, oh shit, oh shit!”. I tried to calm down and ended to go to sleep again, after a while it’s 9am and it has stopped raining and I quickly packed up things and went for a morning coffee then I decided to go over to Sapataria.

Since it was so early, it was around 12am and I was already in the next spot so I decided to continue since there wasn’t much to see or do in Sapataria and I went forward to Malveira and stopped for a while, had launch, coffee and headed off to next stop, was feeling really sporty this day. Off I go to Sabugo.

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There was this downhill road full of trees and good spots for wild camping and I almost was going to stay here for the night but it was 5pm with nothing to do I decided to continue ever further up to a more bigger city, that’s when I reached Lourel, close to Sintra. Found a nice spot, out of the city itself behind some old houses in the middle of vegetation, hidden from civilization and feeling really a man of the caves. All good, settled the tent, had my dinner and worked a bit on the computer and went off sleeping.

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I wake up. It’s 2:30am, it’s raining like hell, like a lot! And the ground was all dirt, it would mean it would get muddy. I didn’t really care since it was really early, I just went back to sleep, don’t know how but I did, woke up at 7:30am, nice sunny day, but feeling a bit tired so I slept for another hour, and motherf*****, it’s raining… I should have just left the tent before. Oh well luckily it was only for 15 minutes and as soon as it stopped and the sky was clean, I started packing things up. The tent and my jacket ended all dirty because of the rain, but who cares? I’m a man of the world now.

Went for the typical morning coffee and went to Sintra, but there was this problem with my rack and I decided to make a different route to pass by a bike shop in Algueirão to buy a new rack, and guess what happens in the way? Another hole in my wheel! Oh boy what an adventure!! Oh man, the travel it’s getting more expensive then it should by now but fuck it, it won’t happen again I hope.

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After being about 1 hour in the bike shop, I was starving but I wanted to reach Sintra since I was going to stay at this hostel and I wanted a bit of comfort and a shower, I rushed uphill and I started to see the beauty of Sintra, the side I never saw before even though I’ve been to a School nearby a long time ago. All this green vegetation, trees and flowers. Then I reached the historic part full of old and nice buildings, a lot of tourists around speaking every kind of language. Then my phone battery went off and I didn’t had GPS to lead me to my hostel and no one knew where it was, literally no one!

After 2 hours more or less I found it because there was this girl that looked like she was heading back to something and I knew it was nearby so I asked and she was the saint I was looking for, she was really heading to my hostel, so I just went with her and she introduced me to the hostel, which was a really good experience, but that’s for another day to tell.

\\ Chapter 0: The excitement

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Hello everyone, hope you are having a wonderful day. How are you? Yesterday I took a step forward into a serious matter. I was going to go after easter but something told me to just go and I went. Maybe was anxiety, maybe was excitement or maybe I just wanted to go. Anyways who cares about the reason, it’s not even a little bit important, what is important it’s that I’m feeling a positive vibe from this.

So I woke up very late yesterday at around 12am, went to the bathroom to take a shit and that whole moment was like finding the holy grail, I felt like man, fuck it, I have to go now. I can’t stay here any longer, I have to do this now. I wiped my ass, went to eat a frozen lasagna, pack up my luggage, bought some food, throw it all into my bag, verify that I had everything with me, laptop, phone, batteries, clothes, higiene stuff, double check and got down my stairs in my apartment, attach every bag to my bike, go for a little bike check to see if everything was secure. Came back, wanted water, I had no water, go up again, get the water, come down and ready to go. I went full sprint until the exit of my hometown Cartaxo, headed to Pontevel than Aveiras de Cima. Made a stop to drink a coffee and vroom, headed to Ota my next stop.

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There is something about travelling with your bike or walking that you can’t feel while going with your car and that is the small views and spots you miss driving fast, you have no time to appreciate and explore the surroundings. It’s a little plus. I am not saying one is better than the other, because both are good in their own ways. Anyways that’s something to discuss another time.

So I reached Ota, made a stop for another coffee and to eat a banana, oh sweet bananas and also a carrot, carrots are also good for your health, and health is something I must preserve in this journey.

I still didn’t mention where was my destination, I’m so sorry. I am heading to Alenquer, a place where dreams start, atleast for me today. SO… I left Ota, and after a few meters and a roundabout, there was this road, that went up and the only way to go to Alenquer was that road. When I said it went up, it went really really up like a kilometer and a half or more I don’t even remember, it was painful to climb all that but in the middle there was this spot where you could chill a bit, a panoramic view of Ota, amazing.

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Headed back to hell and after a big while it started to be straighter and straighter and I was at the top and happy and the sun was shining on my face, what a moment of relieve and realization. Then there was this huge tree in front of me after a field of grass with the sun behind it, I had to take a picture of it.

After that the road to Alenquer was all down, no hill, just let the bike ride you to your destination, like it had an AI driving for you. And you just look around and see the sun going down, it’s a really nice feeling.

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So my point in this adventure was to wild camp all the way but I’ve came across a campsite and my civilization urges decided to stay here for the night. Only this time I promise…or not! We will see…

So I settled my tent. Went for a shower, ate my food and went to grab a chair at the reception to have internet connection.

 

And that ends my first day chapter. That was my view and I just wanted to share with you people around the world. Hope to see you more often around here and leave a comment, I would be happy to know your opinion!

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Hi everyone! Today is the day I write about the day I left Alenquer, oh boy what a mess!

I was in the campsite, I was the only one! All the campsite was mine and since it was easter not even the owners were there, so all the bathrooms were mine! All the barbecues were mine, everything was mine! I could just run around naked which I didn’t but I could. Ah well just wanted to share that awesome part with you.

Going on with the mess, so first of all I didn’t knew what I was coming to, also I wasn’t expecting so much hills, I must have walked with my bike more than I ride it that day, what a pain in the ass but oh well, we must go on! Made a stop at a local shop to buy some groceries and when I went to pack my bag back to the bicycle there was this little screw missing from the back thing, luckily I had a lot of screws left, oh yeah baby I came prepared for this situation! All hail the king of anticipations. Good job Jons, good job!

Back to the road I go, everything fine, take a picture here and there, reached Santana de Canados, had a tea and went online for a bit and when I was leaving I noticed my wheel was a bit down and I decided to fill it up and than the shitstorm happen, I accidently broke it and I had to change the wheel, oh boy, this can’t be happening so early, good I am king of anticipations and had with me a change, but I never changed a pneu… And it was almost night! I just had like 2 hours before it went dark. OK! Calm down boy. There was a car workshop nearby and I went to check it up and asked the guy if I could use the compressor to fill up my wheel and try to fix the thing, but I knew it wouldn’t help and the guy was like “Dude you can’t fix a broken wheel, you will have to change it, I have tools here if you want to do it here, I don’t mind it. If you need help I can help you also…”. Oh is that you jesus?! Very nice guy indeed, he also had a traveler son and that was kinda why he decided to help me out. In the end he offered me an orange and got me up the next hill which saved me a bit of time before going dark. Thanks man, your the mvp!

Continuing my journey up to Sobral de Monte Agraço where I ended up settling my tent behind some houses with a nice view. Couldn’t ask for a better place around a city. Also this lady came to me and offered me hot tea, what an amazing lady, also got me some oranges and a few protein bars and the bag where the oranges came has this ticket on it that gives me a free face cleansing, what could I ask more for?

Anyways, in the end everything went smooth, people are cool, maybe because there is this uprising of nomad travelers and people are more conscious about it, I don’t know, I never thought people would help a bearded man with greasy hair and a yellow stain in a white t-shirt with shoes full of dirt.