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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.


Friday 9th of October 2020

My Name JOAO DACOSTA Madeira is my home country , but I don't live there for 55 years , yes very beautiful pictures of my beautiful Island ,you are a very lucky man to be there ,thank you for giving me so much enjoyment . Keeping doing what you do best. Many thanks JOAO DACOSTA


Saturday 10th of October 2020

Thanks Joao! Loving it here


Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Beautiful pictures. I spent a week in Madeira in January, 2018

Sergio vasconcelos

Thursday 8th of October 2020

Good pictures from madeira.. Glad you like it. Its huge more to explore if you know the directions. Many places isn't in the book as qualitity to dangers. But whatever is more much more places to explore in the deep mountains and some great scenarsy you will be surprise. Afraid no there and will be more happy to guide you the most hide amazing forest, valleys and mountains and huge deep long tunes to cross the mountains for get access water channels. If feel curiosity some videos is post in my channels so you may ye interesting to do..' Caveman movies 'nae Sergio vasconcelos. I. Like help people love nature just that way.. Thank you for your pictures

Tobi Hughes

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Fantastic photos and the ones from Porto Santo are incredible. I am putting up a blog post now. Thanks for sharing, and showing views a lot of us don't get to see. Tobi


Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Cheers! Let me know when it's up!