It’s been over a month since I arrived to Aveiro. Seems like I already belong to this place. I simply like to walk streets cobbled with white little rocks, they are so sophisticated comparing to concrete slabs that we have in Poland. And tiles, tiles everywhere! First impression: they have tiles outside of houses instead in bathrooms. Funny. Another funny thing: your coffee is served in tiny cups and that allows you to take like only three sips. And that will give you a boost, of course, but what when you want to discuss something with your friend over a coffee? Not so much time for that before your coffee it’s finished. In Poland we take triple latte for this occasions and here I cannot have them. At least they are more expensive.
When I already finish my morning coffee I have to take another one. Not because it is too weak, it’s super strong, but rainy days in Aveiro sometimes are never ending story. After all these coffees I can go to work. I don’t need to rush, although I still feel guilty when I’m not exactly on time. This is the thing I will never adapt, I don’t think that things scheduled at 9 o’clock should start at 9.20. One of the things that surprise me, but not in good way is that there are so many empty buildings, beautiful buildings that turn into a ruin instead into a prosperous business. That’s sad.
I like my job and I’m happy that I can participate in this EVS, live Portuguese life and be amazed every day more and more.
It’s been a month since I packed 27 kilos of my stuff and from snowy Zagreb went to sunny Portugal. Now I feel like I’m already “native” in Aveiro, so called Portuguese Venice; town in which houses have no heating; in which humidity is so high that they put tiles on facades; town in which flamingos are white; in which there is no normal yoghurt but there’s cod in all versions; town in which everybody is nice and when they see you they don’t shake hands but kiss you twice, once in every cheek, even if it’s the first time you see them; town in which my name is pronounced Žašna and in which love is important. I know how to order coffee and say thank you when they bring it to me, and sometimes I even understand when they say how much it costs 😀 I love it here.
When I arrived my first thought was that umbrella will be my must-have winter accessories and also one of my best friends. After couple of walks my second impresson was that I better forget about this ultimate accessories because wind kills umbrella’s on a regural basis. But then, as soon as sun comes out and in beginning of March you are drinking coffee in leather jacket under perfectly blue sky, you realise how it is easy to forgive for that terrible wind-rain mixture. After a week you already feel like home and it is just getting better and better. Aveiro is beautiful and clean city where you can walk almost everywhere and where it seems like public transportation is useful only for going to the beach. In this environment it is not difficult to work, our job is always interesting and fun, and every problem looks easier to solve. Like I said, this is just a beginning and my impression is that the next months will be even more sunny and happy.