Last night in Porto.. it's a beautiful one

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does it get more beautiful than this?
Oh my god, I'm literally having a panic attack about leaving Portugal. My stomach is rumbling unhappily and my head is light and disoriented at the thought of leaving a place I've lived longer than my new apartment in Los Angeles. I don't want to go. But life is full of things you don't want to do, I suppose. I almost want to have a fight with someone in order to make it just a little easier to leave.

It's been a wonderful last few days. Vera and Irene took me out to dinner in Ribiero tonight, by the famous river Duoro and we had traditional food - cod and duck rice! Yay! Wasn't very good here but the amazing energy and happiness with close friends made it fabulous. Afterwards we finished off with some coffee and nargila at the persian hookah bar down the pier and walked around Porto at night.
It was breath-taking, every street we turned down, something was there that was beautiful, ancient and so well tended. If I had to describe Portugal in a few words, I'd without hesitation say "beautifully cared for". I love it here, without a doubt.

It's 3am now and I should really pack!! I have a ton of beautiful new things to bring back from this place, but I'd trade it all to stay here for a year or two. But I don't want to move an inch, the anxiety returns and Vera and Irene are asleep and not here to soothe me with cooing words and warm hugs. I have to gather all my faculties in order to get up and move on. It's sooooo hard, it's unbelievable, to be pried away from this amazing place. Between the beauty, the hospitality and generosity in all senses, it is one of the few things that have not disappointed me one iota in the last year. Remember me, Portugal, because you are always in my heart.
TRE69 says:
sniff sniff...even I feel sad that you are leaving Portugal!
Posted on: Jun 27, 2009
seapebbles says:
you are in our heart too =)
We want you to stay too =)
Posted on: Jun 27, 2009
alicegourmet says:
Very glad to hear that Irene and Vera brought you out there and enjoy a beautiful night! =)
Posted on: Jun 26, 2009
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does it get more beautiful than th…
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yes, a random alley in Ribiero is …
yes, a random alley in Ribiero is…
decorations for Sao Joao still up
decorations for Sao Joao still up
walking to the restaurant
walking to the restaurant
Irene and Vera =)
Irene and Vera =)
memories of nargila
memories of nargila
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