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Porto

I have very complex relationships with this city. All Portuguese people love this place. And this is the only place in Portugal where I feel like an outsider. I love the history and culture of Porto, but I don’t like the way I feel there. This is so bizarre. I kept up trying to see the city in a new light, but my fourth visit did not change anything. It is like with people, you either have chemistry, or not.

Pictures from my Instagram

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14 thoughts on “Porto

  1. This is indeed intriguing … I like your analogy about the chemistry, and can relate to it.
    Possibly in some subtle way the people are different, or perhaps it’s just the lie of the land itself … move on, Miss Elena—there’s a whole world out there just waiting for you~!

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  2. yes,difficult to explain (and… we have to explain to others?). Sometimes we fall in love with a place or not… . I have been 40x times(yes, 40) to prague in the last 17 years for several reason, and its only the previous 6 years that I started to like Prague (I hate mass tourism and places/people that let you feel like a money machine)… Just dig deeper in a place, the surroundings of a city, the outskirts, the ‘real’ city life, the green belt around a big city. About Porto, been there for 5 days in december and I really liked Porto. 5 days walking, in the narrow streets, seldom use public transport. Getting lost in the streets and rather avoid the trip advisor landmarks. Portugal has so much too offer…. I was so happy that I’ve been to Viseu, Covilha, not only for street art. #Love Portugal

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  3. I’ve had the complete opposite reaction to Porto. When I first visited, I really fell in love with it. I felt it so easy to meander through the streets and get lost in the city. There was a sense of ease and peace I did not find in Lisbon.
    Do you know at all what makes you struggle with Porto? I know it’s not always an answerable question though…

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  4. I have to say I loved Porto albeit I only visited only once. Intend going again maybe I ll pay closer attention to the locals. 🙂 The first morning walked into a busy cafe and ordered breakfast in Portuguese and got a huge reaction from owner. Would love to hear how the locals feel about visitors

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