Survival strategy

No country of city is free from poverty and unemployment, it’s a sad reality really. On our daily walk to fetch our bread there are several homeless people that sleep on the stairs of a City building. Their belongings wrapped and tied together by a piece of rope. It’s their only belongings. I also met a young man from Brazil, who is in the circus, he has lost his job due to Covid but practices daily under the bridge in hope that when lockdown ends he can continue earning an income,

Within the city I found a ‘green community’ where the people who in need can clean themselves and create self sustainable food and shelter. A fascinating community, who are not effected by global pandemic’s as they are off the grid. These people although are not rich by world standards, have shelters and food and are happy. Happiness is a gift and something we all seek, I wonder if id be happy living like this?

You never know what to expect on the journey of life – out of the blue I was interviewed by Spanish TV on my opinion on Covid and what it’s like being a tourist in Porto during lockdown, – a question which has both ups and downs. Empty streets = great images but equally a lack of ambience and vibe. And of coarse all the business’s that have lost income and it’s repercussions on society.

When you a local at a cafe or bakery , you start feeling part of the community, we have found our community bakery, the staff are improving their English instead of me improving my Portuguese, everyday the same lady serves me and every day we order the same things (6 rolls – 2 coffee’s)

And in prep for Easter there are some delicious cakes to temp even those who need to be on diet.

This marks the end of another interesting day,

Life is an adventure, and we are stretching ourselves outside our comfort zones, we exploring seeing new places, meeting new faces, seeing life through a new filter.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Published by brucemacdirector

Telling meaningful stories whether they shorts or features is what gets me out of bed every day. Passionate about those captured in slavery. Biographical films (The Perfect wave with Scott Eastwood) and (Biblical epic Samson with the late Rutger Hauer, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane and Taylor James) My recent short films Beat The Curve, Sex Tourism Labour have been awarded best shorts across the globe in 2020.

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