create account

Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal by vincentnijman

View this thread on steemit.com
· @vincentnijman ·
$7.05
Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal
![IMG_7801.JPG](https://ipfs.busy.org/ipfs/QmRXCkMsDeiG1ReCojaHtVT375ruNZCHZDiDNF16DYgVaB)


##### Almost 16 years ago, I left my parents place to live on myself for the very first time. It took a while - to say the least - but it seems that I've finally found a place that I can call home. A place that will feed my creative restlessness, need for freedom, peace, nature and fresh air. 

My first night in my new house was a little rough. The bedroom appeared to be so dusty that I had trouble sleeping. I also had to get used to the church bells ( this town is so small that the church is probably 50 meters away ) and my mattress. 

I woke up several times and, around 7:25 am, the sound of a barking dog made me realize that I wasn't dreaming. I was actually in my new place. A new chapter in my life has begun. After the dog had woken me up, I dozed off again until I woke up from a loud thumping on and rattling of the front door, accompanied by the loud voice of an old man, who sounded like he had already had alcohol for breakfast. The door was rattling and the voice was clearly calling out to me, but I couldn't make sense of it. The only word I heard was: 

> Ricardo! 

<br>Now my name isn't Ricardo and I don't know any Ricardo besides my sister's boyfriend who's in The Netherlands right now. 

> Quem Γ©s? ( Who's that? ) 

<br>I said, twice in a row.

As I didn't get a (clear) answer and was standing there, in my hallway, half asleep, only dressed in boxers and I really didn't feel like opening the door to a stranger, I said:

>Deixame dormir, se faz favor! ( Let me sleep, please )

<br>I then walked back to my bed and the knocking stopped.

Not long afterwards, I realized it might have been the guy who delivers bread to people's houses in the morning or perhaps a neighbor telling me about that. But, I guess you understand why I didn't open the door. 

I wasn't able to sleep anymore  and kept trying to make sense of this situation. I decided it was about the bread indeed. And - two hours later - while drinking coffee at a cafe/ restaurant ( the only place in town ), where I told the owners my story, I found out that the rumor had already spread. It was indeed the neighbor telling me about the bread guy. 

Most of the people understood my reaction, though. Being new in town and all. Not opening my door to strangers. They also seemed to think I work nights ( being a creative with a laptop and all), so they concluded that it must have been early for me.  

Then, after my first coffee, the neighbor - aka the door-knocker - entered the cafe. I talked with him for a bit. He seemed almost angry with me and didn't understand why I hadn't opened the door to him. A woman, who had been talking with me before, explained the situation to him. I kind of expected an apology but didn't receive any. Not that it mattered, I hadn't opened the door to him, right? Which could be seen as rude so perhaps he wanted me to apologize. I didn't. We shook hands and I drank another coffee, happy to know that the sitation had been solved.

I explained to the people that - if anyone wants to ask me something - there's no need to knock on my door in the early morning. They can just talk to me at the cafe. I will probably be there almost every single day.

One day in town and I already made an impression. This is the first of  many adventures to come!

TO BE CONTINUED

P.S. How can you not like the view from by balcony?







    

πŸ‘  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and 29 others
properties (23)
post_id62,293,797
authorvincentnijman
permlinkjust-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal
categorylife
json_metadata{"users":[],"app":"busy\/2.5.6","links":[],"tags":["life","portugal","happiness","storytelling","tribesteemup"],"community":"busy","image":["https:\/\/ipfs.busy.org\/ipfs\/QmRXCkMsDeiG1ReCojaHtVT375ruNZCHZDiDNF16DYgVaB"],"format":"markdown"}
created2018-09-12 21:11:33
last_update2018-09-12 21:11:33
depth0
children18
net_rshares6,728,540,860,592
last_payout2018-09-19 21:11:33
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value5.427 SBD
curator_payout_value1.618 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length3,457
author_reputation14,603,079,328,664
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
author_curate_reward""
vote details (93)
@warnas ·
Monte Frio from Serra do Açor (Arganil)?
πŸ‘  
properties (23)
post_id62,295,073
authorwarnas
permlinkre-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180912t213543723z
categorylife
json_metadata{"app":"steemit\/0.1","tags":["life"]}
created2018-09-12 21:35:45
last_update2018-09-12 21:35:45
depth1
children1
net_rshares8,618,920,388
last_payout2018-09-19 21:35:45
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length40
author_reputation1,145,219,907,707
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
author_curate_reward""
vote details (1)
@vincentnijman ·
Yes! You now that place? :>)
properties (22)
post_id62,346,741
authorvincentnijman
permlinkre-warnas-re-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180913t125635934z
categorylife
json_metadata{"app":"steempeak","tags":["life"],"community":"steempeak"}
created2018-09-13 12:56:33
last_update2018-09-13 12:56:33
depth2
children0
net_rshares0
last_payout2018-09-20 12:56:33
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length28
author_reputation14,603,079,328,664
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
@offgridlife ·
Wow spectacular sunset. Upvoted. 

Posted using [Partiko iOS](https://steemit.com/@partiko-ios)
πŸ‘  
properties (23)
post_id62,295,834
authoroffgridlife
permlinkoffgridlife-re-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180912t215122175z
categorylife
json_metadata{"app":"partiko"}
created2018-09-12 21:51:21
last_update2018-09-12 21:51:21
depth1
children0
net_rshares8,618,920,388
last_payout2018-09-19 21:51:21
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length95
author_reputation29,436,684,211,147
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
author_curate_reward""
vote details (1)
@tts ·
To listen to the audio version of this article click on the play image.
[![](https://s18.postimg.org/51o0kpijd/play200x46.png)](http://ec2-52-72-169-104.compute-1.amazonaws.com/vincentnijman__just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal.mp3)
Brought to you by [@tts](https://steemit.com/tts/@tts/introduction). If you find it useful please consider upvoting this reply.
properties (22)
post_id62,296,344
authortts
permlinkre-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180912t220115
categorylife
json_metadata{}
created2018-09-12 22:01:15
last_update2018-09-12 22:01:15
depth1
children0
net_rshares0
last_payout2018-09-19 22:01:15
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length391
author_reputation6,150,195,042,752
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
@namiks ·
Congratulations on the new place, Vincent. 

That really is a wonderful view!
πŸ‘  
properties (23)
post_id62,301,064
authornamiks
permlinkre-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180912t233639704z
categorylife
json_metadata{"tags":["life"],"app":"steemit\/0.1"}
created2018-09-12 23:36:42
last_update2018-09-12 23:36:42
depth1
children1
net_rshares11,361,304,148
last_payout2018-09-19 23:36:42
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length77
author_reputation9,237,523,485,500
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
author_curate_reward""
vote details (1)
@vincentnijman ·
Obrigado! It is, indeed, 'espectacular'
properties (22)
post_id62,347,750
authorvincentnijman
permlinkre-namiks-re-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180913t130835726z
categorylife
json_metadata{"app":"steempeak","tags":["life"],"community":"steempeak"}
created2018-09-13 13:08:30
last_update2018-09-13 13:08:30
depth2
children0
net_rshares0
last_payout2018-09-20 13:08:30
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length39
author_reputation14,603,079,328,664
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
@ori-fernandez ·
This photography of sunset is beautiful!
πŸ‘  
properties (23)
post_id62,307,783
authorori-fernandez
permlinkre-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180913t020708851z
categorylife
json_metadata{"tags":["life"],"app":"steemit\/0.1"}
created2018-09-13 01:42:21
last_update2018-09-13 01:42:21
depth1
children0
net_rshares8,618,920,388
last_payout2018-09-20 01:42:21
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length40
author_reputation1,156,999,931,750
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
author_curate_reward""
vote details (1)
@ryivhnn ·
$0.02
I think when the town is that small you'd be fine to open the door to strangers XD least now they know where to find you :)

<center>https://technonaturalist.net/sites/default/files/styles/sensible_display/public/art/2017/11/goatsig-t.png?itok=Ml3FDq7c</center>

Posted using [Partiko Android](https://steemit.com/@partiko-android)
πŸ‘  
properties (23)
post_id62,331,473
authorryivhnn
permlinkryivhnn-re-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180913t085240160z
categorylife
json_metadata{"app":"partiko"}
created2018-09-13 08:52:39
last_update2018-09-13 08:52:39
depth1
children3
net_rshares19,588,455,427
last_payout2018-09-20 08:52:39
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.016 SBD
curator_payout_value0.004 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length331
author_reputation12,948,582,322,483
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
author_curate_reward""
vote details (1)
@vincentnijman ·
Haha! I guess you're right about that 
and, yes, I kind of stand out here, not just in looks but also in age ;>)
properties (22)
post_id62,348,887
authorvincentnijman
permlinkre-ryivhnn-ryivhnn-re-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180913t132236360z
categorylife
json_metadata{"app":"steempeak","tags":["life"],"community":"steempeak"}
created2018-09-13 13:22:33
last_update2018-09-13 13:22:33
depth2
children2
net_rshares0
last_payout2018-09-20 13:22:33
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length112
author_reputation14,603,079,328,664
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
@ryivhnn ·
$0.04
Young'un amongst oldies by any chance?

I grew up in a small town.  I don't know if it was a thing there or just a peculiarity amongst my family and friends but you rarely knocked, you just kind of yelled a greeting (which is usually "knock knock" in my case XD) and if someone answered you from the bowels of the house then you waltzed on in XD

<center>https://technonaturalist.net/sites/default/files/styles/sensible_display/public/art/2017/11/goatsig-t.png?itok=Ml3FDq7c</center>
πŸ‘  ,
properties (23)
post_id62,358,226
authorryivhnn
permlinkre-vincentnijman-re-ryivhnn-ryivhnn-re-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180913t151744243z
categorylife
json_metadata{"tags":["life"],"community":"steempeak","app":"steempeak"}
created2018-09-13 15:17:45
last_update2018-09-13 15:17:45
depth3
children1
net_rshares41,413,565,804
last_payout2018-09-20 15:17:45
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.034 SBD
curator_payout_value0.010 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length483
author_reputation12,948,582,322,483
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
author_curate_reward""
vote details (2)
@steem-ua ·
#### Hi @vincentnijman!

Your post was upvoted by @steem-ua, new Steem dApp, using UserAuthority for algorithmic post curation!
Your **UA** account score is currently 3.645 which ranks you at **#5352** across all Steem accounts.
Your rank has improved 11 places in the last three days (old rank 5363).

In our last Algorithmic Curation Round, consisting of 487 contributions, your post is ranked at **#188**.
##### Evaluation of your UA score:

* You're on the right track, try to gather more followers.
* The readers like your work!
* Good user engagement!


**Feel free to join our [@steem-ua Discord server](https://discord.gg/KpBNYGz)**
properties (22)
post_id62,374,934
authorsteem-ua
permlinkre-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180913t191227z
categorylife
json_metadata{"app":"beem\/0.19.54"}
created2018-09-13 19:12:27
last_update2018-09-13 19:12:27
depth1
children0
net_rshares0
last_payout2018-09-20 19:12:27
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length640
author_reputation19,448,624,389,373
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
@inuke ·
Hahaha.. I am planning on getting you a dog as a house warming gift.. LOL..

I am really happy that you found yourself a base of operation for processing all the creative thoughts which sometimes were getting disturbed by the surroundings. 

Enjoy Brother
properties (22)
post_id62,416,214
authorinuke
permlinkre-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180914t075606947z
categorylife
json_metadata{"tags":["life"],"app":"steemit\/0.1"}
created2018-09-14 07:56:21
last_update2018-09-14 07:56:21
depth1
children1
net_rshares0
last_payout2018-09-21 07:56:21
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length255
author_reputation2,110,787,163,700
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
@vincentnijman ·
Please don't bring a dog with you. There's already plenty of dogs and fat cats straying around here. Although they aren't the scary Indian type of stray dogs, they actually belong to people in town. 

Yeah, it's pretty awesome. My new life has started for real.

Thanks buddy! :>)
properties (22)
post_id62,905,062
authorvincentnijman
permlinkre-inuke-re-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180920t200045342z
categorylife
json_metadata{"tags":["life"],"app":"steemit\/0.1"}
created2018-09-20 20:00:33
last_update2018-09-20 20:00:33
depth2
children0
net_rshares0
last_payout2018-09-27 20:00:33
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length280
author_reputation14,603,079,328,664
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
@dflo ·
So happy for you!
πŸ‘  
properties (23)
post_id62,519,296
authordflo
permlinkre-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180915t142007662z
categorylife
json_metadata{"tags":["life"],"app":"steemit\/0.1"}
created2018-09-15 14:20:06
last_update2018-09-15 14:20:06
depth1
children1
net_rshares8,702,317,692
last_payout2018-09-22 14:20:06
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length17
author_reputation2,267,543,125,870
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
author_curate_reward""
vote details (1)
@vincentnijman ·
Very nice to hear from you :>) 
properties (22)
post_id62,535,600
authorvincentnijman
permlinkre-dflo-re-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180915t181945615z
categorylife
json_metadata{"tags":["life"],"app":"steempeak","community":"steempeak"}
created2018-09-15 18:19:45
last_update2018-09-15 18:19:45
depth2
children0
net_rshares0
last_payout2018-09-22 18:19:45
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length31
author_reputation14,603,079,328,664
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
@whatamidoing ·
$0.05
Sounds like culture difference, maybe the country, maybe just village lifestyle, some people expect that everyone sleeps and wakes up when they do, and some people feel waking others up isn't a big deal if it's when they consider to be normal waking time.  I certainly don't like it but I'm sure you can find a way to get along with the neighbors.  That was really nice of him to come tell you though.  I didn't realize how close everything was to you, I thought you were just a bit more isolated then that.  You will get used to the church bells and the dogs.  If I can get used to psytrance and footwork while I sleep, I am sure you can get used to church bells.
πŸ‘  ,
properties (23)
post_id62,587,962
authorwhatamidoing
permlinkre-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180916t120743641z
categorylife
json_metadata{"tags":["life"],"app":"steemit\/0.1"}
created2018-09-16 12:07:45
last_update2018-09-16 12:07:45
depth1
children1
net_rshares41,318,370,190
last_payout2018-09-23 12:07:45
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.038 SBD
curator_payout_value0.010 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length664
author_reputation29,968,614,598,621
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000
author_curate_reward""
vote details (2)
@vincentnijman ·
It's a culture shock indeed but, then again, it really isn't. I attracted this. It's - in a way - exactly what I was looking for. I am getting along with most people now, it seems. Yeah, I will manage to sleep through it all, one day soon.

Thanks for your thoughtful comment, my friend :>)
properties (22)
post_id62,904,715
authorvincentnijman
permlinkre-whatamidoing-re-vincentnijman-just-another-day-in-paradise-my-first-night-in-monte-frio-portugal-20180920t195427625z
categorylife
json_metadata{"tags":["life"],"app":"steemit\/0.1"}
created2018-09-20 19:54:18
last_update2018-09-20 19:54:18
depth2
children0
net_rshares0
last_payout2018-09-27 19:54:18
cashout_time1969-12-31 23:59:59
total_payout_value0.000 SBD
curator_payout_value0.000 SBD
pending_payout_value0.000 SBD
promoted0.000 SBD
body_length290
author_reputation14,603,079,328,664
root_title"Just Another Day in Paradise? My First Night in Monte Frio, Portugal"
beneficiaries[]
max_accepted_payout1,000,000.000 SBD
percent_steem_dollars10,000