2013 was busy.
Besides getting very sick but flabbergasted in India and questing my heart into oblivion in Australia, I also lost my job.
That caused me to follow a friend, who also lost his job the same year, in the same startup. Instead of sobbing, he used that as a chance to follow his dream. He bought and ran a surfer hostel in Peniche, Portugal. I joined him for some soul finding, unwinding and work. Also to learn surfing.
It was great. It was also a great learning, to not trust people that make their money with gambling and parents.
In 2015 I returned with my dad. Having fallen in love with the concept of saudade, I needed to return.
Saudade (English: /ˌsɔːˈdædʒə/; European Portuguese: [sɐwˈðaðɨ], Brazilian Portuguese: [sawˈdadi] or [sawˈdadʒi], Galician: [sawˈðaðe]; plural saudades) is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. One English translation of the word is missingness, although it might not convey the feeling of deep emotion attached to the word "saudade". Stronger forms of saudade might be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing, moved away, separated, or died.
Saudade was perfect for me in 2013, and it was great to come back to saudade Portugal, to check whether I have moved on or not. At that time, however, I had not. So I still took a bunch of pictures.