I didn’t plan it this way, that was the idea. The plan was no plan. However, the longer it goes the more likely it seems that I will live on Madeira for at least three months if not through the Christmas period. Avoiding a rainy, cold winter on the mainland of Europe is the key.
After returning from Porto Santo, I had reached almost two months out here in Portugal. I booked an Airbnb for an entire month in Funchal. It’s a loft on the fourth floor with a private rooftop. The sunset spot and the sunrise coffee view. It works well.
I branched out and am now completely solo, which changes the whole experience for me. I always think everything in life is swell until I go completely solo, get in my own thoughts a little deeper and find out life is still a mess. Not always a bad mess but I think if most of us take a few days to listen to only their own thoughts they will have some cleaning up to do as well. I really enjoy breaking a few things down and delving deeper into areas of my mind that never get accessed when stimulations of external conversations and people fill the gaps needed to arrive there in the first place.
So, philosophy and self-help assessments aside, I have a car thanks to Madeira Tourism and complete freedom to explore the island. So, that’s what I’m doing. This week I went on quite a few hikes with some new friends and some solo. On a few of the hikes, I didn’t touch the camera because of moody weather. This was nice and it’s good to just roll along the trail sometimes instead of having the mind constantly cranking and exploring the surroundings for good shots and angles. The mind needs a rest too.
I’ll be out here on Madeira until the middle of Novemeber most definitely. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that roll out through December. One month at a time.
These are my favorite photos from another week of epic adventures on Madeira Island in Portugal.