Being in Portugal has changed my perceptions, in South Africa we have had GRAND houses, with large grounds a pool and parking for 6 cars. Now we look at houses that you lucky if there is a parking, and garden is totally off our radar.
The cost of a box, the green house for instance is 280,0000 euros, that’s 5,6 million rand. In South Africa you would be looking at a large family home, here you’ll be lucky if you can fit your sofa through the front door.
These tiled homes do have a charm about them, most have only one front (the back and sides have no windows as they attached) meaning one source of light, so they are mostly dark inside. Only the front rooms have natural light…. , this takes some getting used to. Airflow on a hot day with this design is also weird, making the home a bit stifled in summer. Nice to look at or spend a few days but to live , I am not sure.
My view was I’d rather stay in a caravan with a view than a palace in the middle of no-where. An expanse and view is so good for the soul, it brings peace, to be some-where that you see people, walking…riding … enjoying the City makes one happy and feel a a part of a bigger collective, and never lonely.
To wake up and see this glorious view is inspiring. I am however about to say GOOD-BYE to it for two months as I head out on the next journey which takes me away from my new home for two months. Back for Xmas tho.
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Bruce Mac from Porto The City of Angels