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Smiling in Porto: The beginning of my camino adventure

Smiling window.

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As you know from my previous post, it was time for me to leave my Berlin life for a couple of weeks to embark on an adventure. I got on a plane to Porto and stayed in the Portuguese city for two days before starting to walk north towards Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

My first day in Porto was already splendid. I woke up to a rainy grey sky but as soon as I stepped outside the hostel, I was blessed with sunshine and a bright blue sky. I made my way to the historic city centre and strolled through the many alleys and along the coast line. I crossed the mighty Dom Luiz Bridge and faced my fear of heights. I must have walked around 20 km on my first day in Porto alone, which was a helpful preparation for the upcoming camino.

I felt my pace getting slower, my breath calming down, caressed by the sun and the joy of encountering many friendly faces. People’s smiles are often among the first things I notice when going abroad. It must be related to the weather, I tell myself.

And while I get my head sorted and my “camino stories” prepared, let me share a collection of pictures with you that made me smile while I took them on my first day in Porto:

For other interpretations of Smile, have a look at this week’s photo challenge.


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  1. ostendnomadography permalink

    Fantastic entry to the WPC. I’ve been in porto few months ago for about 5 days, and I was 5 days smiling by the vibrancy of the city, the street art, the people. Smiling Porto:)!

    • Thank you! Porto is truly a vibrant place full of colours and opportunities to smile. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay there. 🙂

  2. It”s a great city, isn’t it? Hope you enjoyed your Camino experience and are still smiling. 🙂 🙂

  3. Great pictures! I hope you are enjoying yourself, great experience!

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